Georgetown University in Qatar Takes the Model United Nations to India

mun-qatarFrom 22 to 24 July 2013, Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) will host their first ever Model United Nations conference in Delhi, India, where over 250 high school students from 31 Delhi-area schools will take part in the long standing tradition of academic simulations of the United Nations, to gain insights into effective negotiation and global conflict resolution.

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Earlier this year, GU-Q hosted their eighth annual MUN conference at the Qatar National Convention Center, where some 350 high school students representing 20 local and 40 international schools from at least 25 different countries, took part. However, the upcoming Delhi conference will be the first time that any campus of Georgetown University, which was founded in Washington DC in 1789, will host an MUN in India.

GU-Q dean, Dr Gerd Nonneman, explains the move to India as a natural extension of the school’s global perspective, and said:

Since the 2005 establishment of the Georgetown University campus in Qatar, we have embarked on the exciting journey of bringing an internationally ranked liberal arts and international affairs programme to new communities and new students in Qatar and the region. As part of the fast-developing web of relations between countries across the globe, India’s regional and global roles have also grown increasingly complex, which is why we particularly look forward to hosting an MUN in India for the first time, and to engaging future generations of global citizens from this dynamic country.’

The upcoming MUN will be focused on the issues and topics that will be covered by actual UN committees, such as transnational water resources and human rights, state-building, pollution and development, the debt crisis, and sectarian violence in Burma and Iraq.

Dean Nonneman added:

All of the programmes at Georgetown strive to create well-rounded graduates who are uniquely poised to address complex global issues…Our MUN programme has proven very successful in Doha: it presents an outstanding platform for high-school students to debate global questions and we are proud to bring it to India.’

But beyond the working sessions, the conference will also feature a Diplomatic Reception which will give participating students the opportunity to meet and interact with Delhi’s diplomatic community, as well as an ‘Explore Georgetown’ evening where participants can learn more about the history of Georgetown and about campus life for their students in Education City. Taking advantage of their India visit, the university is also organising an Alumni event, with a reception for Georgetown graduates living in India.