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Being part of the United Netherlands delegation means being trained for half a year in the theory and practice of multilateral diplomacy in various ways. With a group of around 30 bright and inspired students living in the Netherlands you will learn how to convince others, speak in public, and lobby effectively. You will receive lectures in all relevant subjects to international diplomacy from academic lecturers, visit several prestigious institutes, participate in Oxford International Model United Nations and receive an intensive training week in New York. Finally, you will bring theory into practice by participating in the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN): the oldest, largest, and, arguably, most respected Model United Nations conference in the world. Together with the other delegates of United Netherlands, you will do your utmost best to serve the country you will be representing at HNMUN during four intensive conference days in Boston.
Participation in the United Netherlands delegation consists of several parts. In the first place, you will attend the preparatory track in the Netherlands, which offers a unique introduction to the practice of international diplomacy and which prepares you for the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) in particular. In addition to lectures, you will receive a thorough training in public speaking, negotiating and lobbying.
From September on, you will spend every Friday with 30 of the brightest minds of the Netherlands to develop a broad range of skills and improve your knowledge of various international issues and the field of diplomacy. Throughout the year you will improve on all aspects of your personal performance and in November you get to test yourself for the first time at Oxford International Model United Nations where you will compete with 600 students from over 60 countries in several UN committees in the historic city of Oxford. After this, the upward journey will continue, leading up to the 2 week trip to the United States, where you will experience a training week in New York before participating in the most prestigious MUN conference in the world: Harvard National Model United Nations where more than 3000 international students participate from over 70 countries worldwide. The preparatory track will by this time have prepared you to debate, negotiate, and lobby for four intensive days. Here you will have the opportunity to show that you are among the world’s finest future diplomats.
“…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
The preparatory track, OxIMUN, the New York Training Week, and HNMUN together form the unique course United Nations and Multilateral Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (UNMD). The course is equivalent to a BA3 course and 10 EC. You will also receive a grade and certificate for the course.
What do we expect?
To make the preparatory track and the United Netherlands participation to HNMUN a success, we need delegates that are committed, participate actively, and are willing to work hard for the project. You will need to invest time and effort. We expect from you that you invest twelve to fifteen hours per week in the preparatory track (traveling and social activities excluded). This implies that in addition to the weekly six-hour meetings on Friday, you will have to read and prepare for at least six to nine hours per week. Amongst other things, you will have to write short weekly assignments as well as research and position papers. Since practical skills are very important in this course and you cannot practice them by yourself, you may only be absent for a maximum of three meetings. Of course, the whole experience is much more rewarding to you if you participate actively and invest sufficient time.
During the whole track, you will receive intensive training, coaching and feedback from the Junior Board of Studies, who carry the responsibility for the delegation. They are highly experienced students who have committed themselves full-time for a year to ensure you get the most out of this experience.
|Meetings (September – February)||18||6||108|
|Weekly assignments and literature||18||6||108|
|Research and Position Papers||4||16||64|
|Training Week in New York||5 days||6||30|
The fees for the United Netherlands delegation are divided into two parts:
Participation fee: If you are accepted to the delegation, we will require that you pay a participation fee. This fee is your contribution to a highly rewarding program, and covers training locations, course materials, trainings and lectures. It is not used to cover any personal costs you should make; such as travel expenses to Nijmegen or food expenses. In 2017-18, this will consist of 250 euros.
Installment fee: This fee covers the standard travel and accommodation package United Netherlands offers. This includes travel to and from Oxford, the hostel in Oxford, hotels in New York and Boston, the bus transfer to Boston from New York, and conference fees/social packs for both conferences we attend. Flight tickets to and from the United States are not included. Since group flights are more expensive, United Netherlands does not book the flights to the United States. In 2017-18 this will be 1250 euros plus or minus a certain margin. This margin depends on currency exchange rates and variable costs. The exact margin will be communicated at the end of the year.
The installment fee will be deducted at intervals throughout the semester:
|1st Participation Fee||€ 250||July 2016|
|1st installment||€ 250||September 2016|
|2nd installment||€ 250||October 2016|
|3rd installment||€ 250||November 2016|
|4th installment||€ 250||December 2016|
|5th installment||€ 250||January 2017|
Please note that the delegates selected in the Fall Selection will follow a slightly different payment schedule.
Financial aid: Fortunately, there are good possibilities for financial aid. Foremost, most universities will give you a substantial amount. Our board can help you find the right body in your university and provide you with formats for application letters. Of course, you are free to search for any additional sources of financial support. If you start right after you have been selected to our delegation you will have ample time to acquire funds for the trip.
Oxford International Model United Nations
In November, you will be ready for your first real-life MUN experience. OXiMUN at Oxford University will be your first test case where you can show how much you have advanced. This experience will also be highly beneficial for your performance at Harvard.
New York Training Week
In the week before HNMUN, we will have five days of intensive final preparation. In small groups, you will discuss and plan your strategy for your committee, determine your potential allies and foes, and practice opening speeches, and impromptu speeches. In addition, we shall make use of the fact that we are in New York and visit the United Nations Headquarters and other institutions in the city. During the evening, we shall provide an optional social program. After this intensive week, you will have a few days off before HNMUN to relax and explore New York.
Harvard National Model United Nations
When you enter the conference area (or arena perhaps) in Boston, you will find yourself optimally prepared for the 64th edition of the Harvard National Model United Nations. This is the oldest, largest and arguably the most prestigious Model United Nations (MUN) in the world.
What is (HN/OxI)MUN exactly?
As in any MUN, the idea behind HNMUN or OxIMUN is to let you experience what it is like to work as a diplomat in the UN. Every delegation, such as yours, will be assigned a country (which can be for instance China or Denmark), which it will have to represent in several UN committees, ranging from the Security Council (with 15 countries) to the General Assembly (193 countries).
“Our training week in New York and participation in HNMUN is the culmination of months of training in International Relations, Rhetorics, Lobbying and Rules of Procedure. After starting off as strangers, through these trainings we became close friends by the time we boarded our planes across the Atlantic. Locations such as Manhattan and Harvard University are the sort of places where many of us hope to make a living one day. Working in these environments gives the experience an inspiring and aspirational touch.” – Patrick Dering
You will represent your country on your own or in a two-person team. Your mission is to seek solutions to global problems, while also successfully looking after the interests of the country you represent. Topics in committees can revolve around threats to international peace, such as „The situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo” or challenges as „Narcotic Drugs” or „Natural Disasters”. The result of your efforts will be a resolution, which has to be adopted by the majority of the member present. Throughout the course you will learn all the skills necessary to participate successfully in MUN’s like the ones in Oxford and Harvard.
Participants at HNMUN are highly dedicated students who attend prestigious universities such as Yale, Chicago, Oxford, University of Pennsylvania or West Point Military Academy and many international universities – United Netherlands will make sure you will be ready to compete with them!
Senior Board of Studies
The Senior Board of Studies is responsible for safeguarding the academic quality of the ‘United Nations Multilateral Diplomacy: Theory and Practice’ track. The academic content of this track includes lectures, research papers, the academic exam and other assignments. The Senior Board of Studies works in close conjunction with the Junior Board of Studies to set up the academic program.
Prof. Dr. H. Bak. – American Literature & American Studies (Chairman)
Dr. B. Bomert – Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management
Rosa Möhrlein – LLM International Law
Dr. T. Eimer – International Relations & International Political Economy
Drs. J. van den Broek – Faculty of Science