Our Student Association considers Model United Nations as a priority, therefore the majority of our professional program is devised around it. Each semester, we organize courses that prepare beginners to acquire an intermediate knowledge of UN modeling techniques. First, we would like the introduce MUN itself. During a MUN Club, we model the different committees of the UN, where each person represents a nation, as a UN Delegate of the particular country. As currently, the United Nations holds several active committees, we can freely determine which topic should be discussed in which committee. Each delegate within a committee study their represented countries’ foreign policies and contributes to the debate in accordance with these political notions – conceivably without contradicting their represented nation’s stances. At the conclusion of the session, the delegates are required to form a Resolution, that will be voted on by the members of the committee, thus turning it into an internationally acknowledged document. Of course, besides these basic principles, we immerse into the methodical processes, as well as discussing the flow of the debate together with the voting systems. For a young aspiring diplomat, Model United Nations can provide the much needed fictional setting, walking in the shoes of a real diplomat, solving conflicts and disputes, engaging in debates, and finding solutions, making the world a better place.
Our Student Associations considers International Relations its primary focus, besides the aforementioned Model United Nations. Those, not necessarily interested in MUN can still aspire for professional growth in IDSA. Our plans with the International Relations Club are simple. Choosing recent events with a global impact as topics, we invite experts on that particular subject, discussing and exploring every angle of the chosen subject-matter. Afterward, deconstructing the traditional university lecture setting, those listening are now encouraged to become part of the discussion. Transforming a frontal presentation into a roundtable discussion has many advantages, first and foremost it encourages our members to share their opinions and enhance their knowledge by engaging themselves in a debate.
That’s how we arrive at our interdisciplinary seminar, the Debate Club. During the semesters, we choose from a number of relevant topics, which are controversial, but most importantly debatable. If the topic requires background knowledge the relevant articles and studies will be provided beforehand of course. Our goal with our regular Debate Club is simple, we would like to expand the essential soft skills of our members. Forming an opinion is the first step, while communicating it properly and being able to defend it afterward is of equal importance. These skills are essential for a future diplomat but come in handy for every university student. These professional courses that are building off of each other, combined with regular university studies, shall help our members to be ahead of the curve.