This week the third-year students of the Libertas International University, majoring in International Relations, had the opportunity to simulate the Model United Nations in the City Council of Dubrovnik. Each student represented a member state of the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly. The topics of the simulation were ensuring equitable access to education and the elimination of all forms of religious intolerance.
Model United Nations is an educational simulation and/or academic activity in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. It involves and teaches participants researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities.
During the three-hour simulation, the students could see how even simple resolutions, like the implementation of a special holiday to end religious intolerance, could fail due to the different interests of nations states.
Tim Schacht, a third year student from Hamburg said "It felt like every student felt committed to his/her role as a delegate of a country which was an important aspect of the simulation to be successful. I am thankful that I was given the chance to participate in Model United Nations to gain a better understanding how multilateral negations look. For me personally, this exercise was an extraordinary chance to use all the skills and knowledge I have gained during the last three years in a “real world” situation. All aspects of the Model United Nations, from the research phase to the actual General Assembly meeting, made me feel like I was an actual delegate representing the interests of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland by lobbying for resolutions in the General Assembly".
Ruben Zilberboim from Israel, who will graduate soon, commented that "the experience of this simulation was very refreshing and uplifting, considering we are at our last stage before graduating from LIU. It allows us to implement our skills and knowledge, what we knew and what we have learned as a direct result from the preparation to the actual simulation, and it gave us the opportunity to act and be in the shoes most of us wish for. I personally appreciate the opportunity to be the Chair of this simulation. it gave me the opportunity to learn about each nation state and understand their positions and interests when addressing those subjects on the table.”