First Delegate Meeting 2018-2019

Last Friday the First Delegate Meeting of 2018-2019 took place! Together with the 16th Delegation, we were at Soeterbeeck, Ravenstein to officially start the course United Nations and Multilateral Diplomacy: Theory & Practice. The brand new delegates were introduced to the UNMD program and each other via several speeches and introduction activities. Moreover, they were welcomed by the Rector Magnificus of the Radboud University, Prof. Dr. Van Krieken, who spoke about the importance and difficulties of internationalization in universities. After lunch and, of course, the annual Delegation photoshoot, Caecilia van Peski gave an inspiring lecture on the OSCE. Her lecture and presence during the rest of the afternoon were once again very much appreciated. The First Delegate Meeting ended in style with a dinner and drinks together with our aMUNli. Thank you for all those who took part in making this First Delegate Meeting a very successful one! We are looking forward to an amazing six months with this Delegation and can’t wait to start with our usual Friday sessions later this...

The Story of Teun van den Maagdenberg – Delegation 17|18

Teun van den Maagdenberg Delegation 2017|2018 The people, the people and the people. Those are the three reasons to sign up for the Delegation. And, therefore, what sums up my wonderful year in the program. Almost by accident, I stumbled upon the United Netherlands Delegation in an e-mail. I was busy at that moment and didn’t think much about it until two weeks later, when I looked up the program again on the website. Academic courses, skills-training, social connections with like-minded people and two trips abroad; what’s not to like? I enrolled, put on my best suit and after a few intense selection rounds, I was a proud member of the 15th Delegation. Now, looking back, I can honestly say that opening the website again after two weeks is the smartest decision I’ve made in the past year. The program is evenly balanced between skills-training, academic knowledge and practicing diplomacy. It taught us to passionately speak about all types of topics and made us always ready to speak. It was very entertaining to see the different metaphors, stories and punchlines that everyone came up with. With the academic part, I got a good understanding of the basics of political science and in doing research for Oxford and Harvard, I became an expert in the NATO and the political history of the Ottoman Empire. Also, visits to institutions both in the Netherlands and in New York gave a beautiful inside to the intricate world of diplomacy. But by far, the best part of this journey, were the people involved. The student-teachers who passionately helped me throughout the year, the interesting...

High School Program

  The High School Program year 16/17 has officially ended. We can once again look back at a fantastic year. Our 9th annual High School Program Conference welcomed more students than ever. Almost 200 students from 7 different schools joined us in our Model United Nations. They spoke passionately and confidently about subjects ranging from the Responsibility to Protect in Burundi to Climate Refugees. All the chairs were genuinely impressed by the level of the delegates in the debate. Congratulations to all winners, especially Dominicus College and CS Vincent van Gogh. Dominicus College took home the award for ‘Best Delegation’ for the third time in a row. CS Vincent van Gogh was not far behind, and won Outstanding Delegation, with 12 students winning awards. But, of course, it really isn’t all about awards! You each have your own paths to follow, and goals to achieve. Thank you all for participating in the High School Program, you have made your trainers and everyone who worked towards the HSP extremely proud! Now, it’s time to pass over the High School Program to Luuk Mevis, who will continue this fantastic program next year. He was a delegate in the 16/17 United Netherlands Delegation, continued training at 2 College Durendael, and chaired at the HSP Conference 2017. We are confident he will do an amazing...

United NL – Part 3#: ‘During the gala, the lobbying continues’

Date of news: 1 December 2016 ‘I worked incredibly hard in Oxford, but I had fun doing it.’ Pim Jager joined United Netherlands in Oxford to participate in a MUN: a Model United Nations conference. ‘It was a lot of fun! I’ve lobbied non-stop.’   Pim’s lobbying hit the right note in Oxford: he won the Diplomacy Award (see photo), the award for the best delegate. ‘This means that the jury thought I was the best in contributing to the debate and the resolution.’ The students of UnitedNL represented China, Lybia, Italy and Spain in the MUN. Pim was member of the Committee of Science & Technology for Development and his fellow UnitedNL student Dylan was a member of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Dylan Waisman also received an award in Oxford: the Verbal Commendation Award. ‘I am so proud. This prize is recognition of my skills in diplomacy and public speaking.’ Dylan should be proud of herself. Only two months ago she froze when she needed to speak during a MUN training. ‘I felt terrible. You stand up, everybody is looking at you and you just don’t know what to say. Because of this I was quite nervous for Oxford. What if I would blackout during a debate there? But I trained hard and I was well prepared. As a result, it went very well. It got hard before it got easier.’   The MUN in Oxford is a ‘final rehearsal’ before the MUN of Harvard University in Boston in February. 3000 students from all around the world participate in Harvard National MUN. This tournament...

United NL- part 2 #Introducing Pim

In this serial we will find out what it is like to study at United Netherlands: the Delegation,  a by the Radboud University accredited and hosted course of 10 ECT. As we are speaking to Pim Jager (26), master’s student Science, Management and Innovation at the Radboud University, he is about to start his first hour-and-a-half MUN session. He is well prepared and is excited to begin. ‘In a minute we will simulate the Security Council. The issue today is that the president of Burundi has nominated himself for a third term and is viewing each protest as an act of terrorism. The UN needs to interfere, but how? I will represent Uruguay and I will participate in the negotiation as if I am a diplomat of Uruguay. Yesterday, I read a lot about Uruguay and now I know that they are oriented with a western view, highly educated and predominantly catholic. Also, they used to be a Spanish colony. I never knew these things before.’ Don’t say ‘I’ or ‘eh’ Simulating the UN is serious business. When Pim gets a chance to speak, he stands up, buttons his suit and begins by greeting the chairs and other delegates. The screen behind him shows a big clock: Pim has got exactly 1 minute speaker time. Just like other delegates he looks confident while giving his speech (in English of course). Even though Pim gives a speech like it’s his daily job, he (and the other delegates) still get criticised in between sessions. The critique comes from Nina, trainer of the Delegation, board member at United Netherlands and former participant in...

My experience with the Public Speaking Program

An interview with Lotta Plomp, former participant of the Public Speaking Program (spring, 2016). Lotta is currently staying in Tanzania for an internship and afterwards will be doing an internship for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees. Why did you apply for the Public Speaking Program? I am a medical student, I never learned to speak in public during my study. The only skills in public speaking I had were from high school. I wanted the opportunity to practice my skills. However, I must say I was absolutely terrified. What did the Public Speaking Program look like? It was a very safe environment to be terrified in. The trainers make you understand that it’s okay to make mistakes. We were also allowed to choose our own topics, which made me feel more confident. ‘The Public Speaking Program is a very safe environment to be terrified in.’  What was the most important thing you learned during the Public Speaking Program? Before, I hated speaking in public, now I know I actually like it! Thanks to the Public Speaking Program my confidence grew. I actually applied for an internship at the United Nations because of the program. At the end of the program, we do a small Model United Nations. That’s when I learned I really liked doing that! Now I’ll start my internship at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees! What is the one thing you take away from your experience with the Public Speaking Program? That being completely terrified of something, is exactly the reason to do it. You just have to do it!...