What is the Delegation program?
The United Netherlands delegation program stands out, as it not only includes trainings and MUN conferences, but it is also an academic course accredited by Radboud University with 10 ECTS.
Delegation part – Training & MUN Conferences
As a student of the UNMD (United Nations and Multilateral Diplomacy: Theory and Practice), or ‘delegate’ in the delegation, you will be trained for half a year in the theory and practice of multilateral diplomacy. You will be able to put your theoretical knowledge into practice by developing your skills such as public speaking, negotiating and developing your own personal style of diplomacy. The program is focused on self-development, with your progress being evaluated throughout the program. The combination of theory and practice will get you ready for Model United Nations sessions in Oxford and Harvard, where you will compete against the best students in the world.
Academic part – Lectures & 10 ECTS
When you participate in the delegation program, you will be automatically enrolled in the academic course United Nations and Multilateral Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (UNMD). The UNMD is an interuniversity course at a BA3 level. Throughout the course, you will get academic lectures from professors from a wide range of universities and institutions on all aspects relevant to international diplomacy – such as, but not limited to, the United Nations, International Relations, Responsibility to Protect, and International law. The course is accredited with 10 ECTS by the Radboud University and runs during the first semester of every year (September – February). The UNMD is open for all students from all Dutch universities to apply to; however, only approximately 30 students are accepted each year.
When does the Delegation take place?
The Delegation program takes place every Friday from mid-September to mid-February from around 10 in the morning until 6 in the afternoon. In November, you will visit Oxford University for your first international MUN experience with your delegation. The course will conclude in February with a final training week in New York City, after which you will participate in the most prestigious MUN conference in the world in Harvard.
Where is the Delegation program?
The UNMD mainly takes place at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, with the exception of special sessions that may take place at locations throughout the Netherlands, and of course the international trips. Examples of visits from previous years are the Clingendael Institute, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassies of the countries represented at Harvard.
How does selection work?
Throughout the year there are 2 selection rounds.
For every selection round, United Netherlands requires you to hand in your:
- Motivation letter (300 words);
- An essay of approximately 300 words about a topic that is to be announced;
- A passport picture.
Summer Selection: From May to July the first part of the new delegation will be selected. This requires several rounds, of which 2 are MUN simulations (no prior preparation is required), in order to get a feel of your potential in this kind of setting. The final round is an interview round, in which we get the chance to get to know you on a more personal level.
Fall Selection: In August – September we will select the final additions to the delegation. This will be done through a shorter and more intensive procedure which consists out of one MUN round (again, no prior preparation is required) and an interview round.
What kind of people does United Netherlands look for?
United Netherlands looks for a very diverse group of people from all academic fields, ranging from physics and medicine to law and anthropology and everything in between. The core elements are ambition, motivation and the ability to think and reflect critically on oneself and others.
United Netherlands gave me the chance to develop and hone all the skills I hope to use in my future career. I was trained in diplomacy, practiced with incredibly talented fellow delegates, and then used those skills to compete against people from across the world. Plus, I had a lot of fun along the way!André Harris
When working together within United Netherlands, friendships are bound to occur. The program offers many social activities to get to know each other better, until you realize that you have made friends for life.Niels van Rosmalen