What did you learn from the Public Speaking Program?

An interview with Angeliki Kathopouli, former participant in the Public Speaking Program (spring 2016). She is now finishing her master’s degree in physics and is academic officer at UNISCA: United Nations International Student Conference of Amsterdam.                                                                                                                                                                            Why did you apply for the Public Speaking Program? I was excited about the United Nations and wanted to do more to pursue my dreams of working there in the future. I thought public speaking skills would be very valuable and this program looked like a great exercise. What did the first session look like? Everybody was nervous for the first session, we were all a little scared of public speaking. However, the trainers made us feel very comfortable. We spoke about our fears and realized we were all in the same boat. In terms of content, we were allowed to speak about subjects we liked, that we were passionate about. That really helped because you get enthusiastic about what you are speaking about. When giving feedback, the trainers were direct but motivating, I really liked that. ‘It’s very different to see what you do from the perspective of your...

United NL – Part 1 #Introducing Dylan

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. Dylan Waisman (20) is one of the thirty students of the United Netherlands Delegation. During six months she will learn how to speak in public, how to be convincing, how to negotiate and how to show leadership and tact. All these skills she will need to ‘play’ a United Nations Conference at Oxford and Harvard. There she and the other United Netherlands-students will represent a country in a re-enacted UN-conference (a MUN: model United Nations) and try to solve a worldwide issue concurrently holding the values and needs of ‘her own’ country. Ambitious Dylan is Canadian. She does a one year European Law Master’s, specializing in Human Rights and Migration at the Faculty of Law in Nijmegen. A few months ago she applied for United Netherlands. Why? Dylan: ‘This subject directly relates to my ambitions: working in international diplomacy and even with the United Nations. The application is ambitious already: in two rounds and with a letter of motivation and an interview you will have to convince the board that you are an asset for the organisation. I was so thrilled to hear that I was selected for this course. At a certain point you have to wait for a phonecall to hear whether you’re in or not. Just like in high school with your finals. ‘And of course the opportunity to travel to Oxford and New York/Harvard to compete against university students from across the world on issues...

First Delegate Meeting

The First Delegate Meeting is the first time we introduce our new students to the program, trainers, and alumni. Our new ‘delegates’ will participate in the program: United Nations and Multilateral Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (UNMD) this year.   ‘What a nice building! I wonder what today will be like.’ ‘Do you think we have to do a MUN already?’ ‘Hey, I saw you at selection, I knew you would make it!’ As our brand new delegates are coming into the hall of Soeterbeeck Conference Centre, the excitement becomes clear. Conversations about the past selection, the current atmosphere, and the upcoming year fill the room. Then everybody goes quit, it’s time to start the First Delegate Meeting 2016: Welcome to United Netherlands! The day started off with encouraging words from the President and the Junior Board of Studies, the trainers of the delegates. The Junior Board of Studies will teach the new delegates everything there is to know about public speaking, negotiations, and Model United Nations. Next to this, these trainers will support the delegates during the intense time in Oxford, New York, and Harvard. Of course, they expect something in return for the hard work they will put into the program. That’s why they gave the delegates one piece of advice: "if we say good luck, we mean work hard."   To show the delegates that our program is more than solely an intense training program with ambitious trainers, Rector Magnificus of the Radboud University, Han van Krieken, and Caecilia van Peski of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) also addressed the delegates. These inspiring...

Radboud University Internationalization Award 2016

We are grateful that the Radboud University has bestowed our beloved organization with the Internationalization Award 2016. Not only is the financial support a good start of this year, the support from the university and the publicity is valuable to us. Receiving this award entails that out of the nominations our program meets the criteria the best. The criteria are firstly, the project should be a sustainable one that will continue to flourish in the future and secondly, the jury was looking for nominations that was geared towards a wider array of students. The third criterion was that the project should of course bring international students to Nijmegen and also the other way around, give Dutch students a taste of (studying in) foreign countries. We will use the funds to strengthen the fundaments of our foundation in order to be able to reach even more individuals, now and in the future. We thank everybody that is part of the wonderful UNL family that brought the organization where it is now....

United Netherlands ‘one of world’s best teams’

  Best Delegate ranks United Netherlands 2nd in Western Europe! The website ranks Delegations all over the world and predicts ‘MUN Society Belgium and United Netherlands (…) should be the top two teams in a strong Western Europe League.‘ Check out the rankings at www.bestdelegate.com! United Netherlands is eagerly anticipating the battle between these top two contenders and wishes its opponents best of luck at the various MUN conferences, United Netherlands P.s. Interested in the UN and foreign affairs? Read more about our award winning Delegation on www.unitednetherlands.org/delegation ....

UNL delegation ranked #4 worldwide!

What are the best college Model UN teams in the world? The Best Delegate team decided to answer this question with their International Top 20 Standings. According to the weblog, United Netherlands ranks #4 when it comes to the best international collegiate MUN teams: "United Netherlands is another powerhouse — they not only contend for Best International Delegation at Harvard HNMUN but for the overall Best Large Delegation award at that conference. They are also the original pioneers of the highly successful combined national team concept that has since been copied by several of the Top 10 International teams. United Netherlands came in 6th in overall awards won at HNMUN this year and also won awards at Oxford OxiMUN." We are very proud of these results and we would like to congratulate the other teams as well for their exceptional achievements within the international collegiate MUN circuit! United Netherlands PS: Want to become part of this once in a lifetime experience ? Visit www.unitednetherlands.org/delegation and learn more about our...