FAU’s National Award-Winning Diplomacy Program Students in FAU’s Diplomacy Program have brought home top honors for the past eight years.
Florida Atlantic University’s Diplomacy Program has brought home eight consecutive national awards for academic excellence at the National Model United Nations Competition in New York City. In 2014, the group came in 4th overall out of 350 schools, and received the Distinguished Delegation Award and the Outstanding Delegation Award, and in 2013, the group received the Distinguished Delegation Award. In these events, FAU undergraduates participated in a six-day simulation of the United Nations along with more than 5,000 university students from 65 different countries.
FAU’s Diplomacy Program was established in 1996 in order to train students in the art of negotiation, conflict resolution and global problem solving. Annually, the Program prepares students for diplomatic competitions in numerous venues. In addition to competitions in New York City, FAU undergraduates have competed at simulations in Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Indianapolis and the Netherlands.
The competitions are opportunities for students to step into the shoes of ambassadors to debate current issues on the organization's agenda. While playing their roles as ambassadors, student delegates make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate conference rules of procedure, all in the interest of mobilizing cooperation to resolve problems that affect people all over the world.
The Diplomacy Program is beginning its preparation for Nationals in the spring and is accepting applications. Students will have the chance to represent FAU at the United Nations in New York. Tryouts are Thursday, Oct. 16 and Friday, Oct. 17. Once selected, students enroll in INR 4503: Advanced Diplomacy in the spring semester to prepare for the National Model United Nations in New York City.. For further details about the Diplomacy Program and tryouts, visit www.fau.edu/diplomacy.