Natolin student delegation at New York National Model United Nations 2015

Date

Friday 27.03.15 to Friday 03.04.15

Location

New York,
United States

From 27 March to 3 April 2015, fourteen students of the Natolin (Warsaw) campus of the College of Europe participated in the prestigious New York - National Model United Nations (NY-NMUN) 2015.

The competition has been organized since 1974 by the National Collegiate Conference Association (NCCA), a US-based nonprofit organization and recognized Non-Governmental Organization officially associated with the United Nations. The NY-NMUN competition is a simulation game, which involves around 6 000 students from more than one hundred universities, schools and other academic institutions from all over the world. In the context of its sixth consecutive participation, the Natolin campus represented the Syrian Arab Republic, an important case study in the framework of the research activities of the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair.

This year’s selected students (or "delegates"), forming the Delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic, were: Ms Viktoria BECHSTEIN, Head Delegate, Ms Liz ARNANZ, Ms Ecaterina CHIRILENCO, Mr Hugo GILLIBRAND, Ms Nelli HAJDU, Ms Léa HANNAOUI-SAULAIS, Ms Lenka HILL, Mr Thijs JACOBS, Ms Cecilie JENSEN, Ms Vladimira MURAVSKA, Mr Jack RAMSDEN, Ms Zara REID, Ms Natalia SANTOS-GARCÍA BERNABÉ and Mr Shane SARGEANT. 

The students were accompanied to New York by their coaches, Academic Assistants in Law Mr Mattia FILIPPIN and Mr Paweł MICHALSKI, and supported and guided by Professor Tobias SCHUMACHER, Chairholder of the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair. 

After exceptional performances at both the NY-NMUN 2013 and at the NY-NMUN 2014, when the Delegation from the Natolin campus won over two years the unprecedented amount of 14 "NMUN Awards", including the "Distinguished Delegation Award" (Silver Medal to the entire Delegation) in 2013, and the "Outstanding Delegation Award" (Gold Medal to the entire Delegation) in 2014, this year at the NY-NMUN 2015, the Delegation kept up with this excellent trend by winning another 7 "NMUN Awards", again including the "Outstanding Delegation Award". With this year's exceptional performance, the Natolin campus managed to bring home the impressive amount of 21 "NMUN Awards" in three consecutive years.

This year, the following awards were given to the Delegation:

  • 1 “Outstanding Delegation Award” - this award has the value of a "Gold Medal" and was achieved by the entire Delegation recognizing the outstanding performance of all 14 students;
  • 4 “Outstanding Position Paper Award” - out of 7 Position Papers submitted;
  • 2 “Outstanding Delegates in Committee Award” - in both the General Assembly First Committee and the Economic and Social Committee for Western Asia.       

Given the largely unmatched number of awards, the Delegation of the Natolin campus was once again recognized as one of the most awarded and commended delegations at the conference. With this extraordinary success, the Natolin campus could outperform other delegations coming from several top-tier universities from Europe and beyond.