About Model United Nations
Model United Nations (MUN)
is a student organization which, since the 1960's has provided UW - Oshkosh students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the areas of negotiation and diplomacy to achieve a broader understanding of the causes of disputes and the necessary procedures nations must follow in order to arrive at solutions to world problems.
At Model UN sessions, students from different universities represent the various nations of the world. The sessions provide UW - Oshkosh students with an opportunity to meet students from other universities interested in international and global affairs, and to compare their level of knowledge and preparation with students from other universities throughout the region, the nation, and the world.
Through Model UN, students obtain "hands-on" experience by playing the role of a diplomat representing a nation of their choice and advocating its viewpoints, negotiating with other countries, and voting for their nation on key issues currently before the United Nations.
Chancellor Wells, who attended the 2012 NMUN competition with team, recognized that Model UN at UW-Oshkosh is a high impact quality performance based educational activity and one that distinguishes the University from other institutions.
In Model United Nations Simulations, participating students draft resolutions, debate real issues involving today's problems, defend their country against the actions of foreign nations, and experience the give and take of world politics which is essential to negotiating mutually acceptable aggreements.
If you are interested in signing up or getting additional information please contact the Model UN E-mail account at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Model UN members work together as a team throughout the academic year to prepare for the competitions. Student members conduct research and share information on global issues while developing detailed knowledge of the nations they will represent and their policies. This includes study of diplomatic procedures, disputes and their background, the viewpoints of various nations, parliamentary procedure, the UN and its procedures and actions.
Detailed knowledge of current issues, and particularly an appreciation of the differing viewpoints of the many nations of the world is essential. Key skills, such as public speaking, formal writing, and negotiation, are developed through group sessions at which experienced members share their expertise with new participants.
If you would like to learn more about the International Studies Program, please contact David Cottingham.