Syracuse University has a proud history of involvement with the Model United Nations (MUN) program, dating back to 1927 when the Maxwell School established and hosted the first Model League of Nations Assembly. This legacy of providing students with practical experience
in the “art of diplomacy” continues today with opportunities for International Relations majors to participate in annual MUN Conferences held in Washington, DC (fall semester) and New York City (spring semester).
MUN offers students a unique opportunity to engage with current international problems and to work collaboratively towards solutions. Through this program, students participate in team-building exercises, practice public speaking, strengthen negotiation skills,
and develop leadership capabilities as they represent their country's interests in various committees and on a wide array of issues in this simulation of global diplomacy.
Maxwell's MUN Team regularly receives honors for its participation, most recently being named "Distinguished Delegation" in New York City in 2018 and "Distinghished Delegation," in Washington, D.C. in 2017.
The Syracuse University MUN Teams are open to any undergraduate student who has formally declared a major in International Relations and has a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students earn 1 experience credit for participation in the fall conference and 3 academic
credits in the spring for their participation in the conference and accompanying coursework in IRP 413.
The country represented by the team follows a regional rotation corresponding with the geographic concentrations for the International Relations major. Previous delegations represented include:
Spring 2019 - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - awarded Outstanding Delegation, Best Position Paper (CCPCJ, GA1, C-34) and Best Delegates (UNIDO, WFP)Fall 2018 - Arab Republic of Egypt - awarded Distinguished Delegation, Best Position Paper (FAO, IOM, WHA) and Best Delegates (FAO)Spring 2018 - Republic of Poland - awarded Distinguished Delegation, Best Position Paper (GA3, OPCW, UNEA, UNSC) and Best Delegates (GA2, UNSC-A)Fall 2017 – Republic of Finland – awarded Distinguished Delegation, Best Position Paper (UNDP), and Best Delegates (UNCTAD)
Spring 2017 – Republic of Cameroon – awarded Distinguished Delegation, Best Position Paper (HLFP and UNDP) Fall 2016 – Republic of Rwanda – awarded Distinguished Delegation Spring 2016 – New Zealand – awarded Outstanding Delegation,
Best Position Paper (WHO and Security Council-B) Fall 2015 – Republic of India – awarded Distinguished Delegation Spring 2015 – Republic of Ecuador – awarded Outstanding Delegation Fall 2014 – Republic of Chile – awarded Outstanding
Spring 2014 – Tunisia – awarded Outstanding Delegation Spring 2013 – Czech Republic – awarded Distinguished Delegation
The MUN Club is an opportunity to learn more about the United Nations as well as debate techniques, conference procedures, resolution writing and negotiation. Students participate in a simulations, representing a country and learn about its history,
politics, culture, and foreign policy.
To get involved in the MUN Club, visit the MUN Club Facebook page.
Model UN team named distinguished delegation at NYC conference
Model UN team named distinguished delegation at DC conference