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EBS students become Swiss delegates in United Nations simulation model

26 February 2019 | By: Pressestelle EBS Universität
EBS Studenten bei Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN)

A team of 17 students from EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht attended the 65th session of the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) from 14 February to 17 February. The HNMUN is organized annually by the Harvard University in Boston and offers around 3,300 international students insight into how the United Nations functions and the dynamics of international relations.

The EBS students assumed the role of Swiss decision-makers, conducted negotiations on important and current international crises and, together, found solutions for the political, economic and social problems in the world.

The 17 students had been preparing for HNMUN since September 2018, in weekly meetings under the leadership of the two Head Delegates Ann-Sophie Niewerth and Jan Seidelmann. The central focus was on preparing the topics, learning the official guidelines for the simulation, as well as the model’s application process and planning the trip to Harvard University. “One of the biggest challenges for our team was the independent organization and funding participation in the Harvard Model United Nations. We are very proud to have set up this project independently as students,” says Jan Seidemann, Head Delegate and Project Manager.

The 17-member delegation was assigned the position of Switzerland by lot. From then on, the students had to familiarize themselves with Switzerland’s points of view in order to represent the country at the four-day event in Boston. For this, the team was divided into nine committees - Legal Committee, Disarmament and International Security Committee, Economic and Financial Committee, Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee, World Health Organization, Human Rights Council, International Monetary Fund, International Organization for Migration, as well as a Crisis Committee - which they represented on behalf of Switzerland from day one, engaging in exchanges, discussions and debates with the other international students. “The cooperation with students from all over the world was very informative and strengthened our intercultural skills. By presenting the resolutions and drafts it was possible for all of us to improve our presentation skills considerably,” reports Jan Seidemann.

The aim of HNMUN was to develop proposals for solutions to current global issues. For example, the Legal Committee dealt with cyber warfare, the World Health Organization with the global challenges of resistance to certain medication and antibiotics, and the International Monetary Fund with the economic future of the development of green energies. The results were presented to members of the United Nations.

EBS students made the most of their time in the USA by also arranging to meet 17 EBS alumni, including Christian Magel (Onelaneventure) and Michael Behnam (Dean of Graduate Programmes at Sawyer Business School, Suffolk University). “Meeting the alumni was incredibly interesting for us students and gave us the opportunity to exchange perspectives and experience with start-ups. It was really fascinating to see what happened to our former students in a foreign city. It’s great that the EBS community offers cross-generational support and that we are networked worldwide with former students,” says Ann-Sophie Niewerth.

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