Students Sample World of International Diplomacy

UT Dallas Represents Principality of Andorra at National Model U.N. Conference

April 4, 2008

A delegation from the UT Dallas National Model United Nations team recently returned from U.N. headquarters in New York City, where its seven members got a taste of international diplomacy by representing the Principality of Andorra.

The General Assembly sessions that the students took part in were simulations, but they heard from the real U.N. secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, who addressed participants at the opening ceremony March 18 at the world body's headquarters.

The UT Dallas team members on the trip were Shaima Abdalla, Jonathan Coker, Ryan Henry, Samia Hossain, Jake Wurzer, Molly Wurzer and Jason Wallace.

Model U.N. events are simulations of U.N. deliberations in which students adopt the roles of member states’ ambassadors and address current issues. Designed to further participants’ understanding of the United Nations and international affairs, Model U.N. also hones critical thinking, public speaking and negotiation skills.

In a General Assembly plenary sessions, students discussed alternative forms of energy, and foreign direct investing and how it can improve the economy of less-developed countries.  In another session, the topic was the U.N. Literacy Decade.

The UT Dallas team co-sponsored amendments to protect foreign direct investment money from being absconded by corrupt governments in less-developed countries. 

NMUN is organized by the National Collegiate Conference Association, a non-governmental organization of the United Nations. Nearly 300 schools from more than 20 countries attended, with over 4,000 students participating.

The seven undergraduates who represented UT Dallas came from four of UT Dallas’ seven schools and included a freshman, four sophomores, one junior, and a senior.

The university’s Model U.N. program was recently revived and currently has 20 members who, despite their disparate majors (including arts and technology, neuroscience, and literary studies), share an interest in government and politics and a passion for world affairs.


Media contact: Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu

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Members of the Model United Nations team attending the conference included (front, from left) Molly Wurzer and Samia Hossain; and (back, from left) Jonathan Coker, Ryan Henry and Jake Wurzer.

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