Model UN Is Not Really about the Awards, But…

Pace University took home more awards than any other university that participated in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City April 1-5, 2012.

Pace’s New York City campus Model UN program was recognized with eight awards: a “Distinguished Delegation” award for its highly challenging task of representing the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (an effort that resulted in much soul-searching and ethical reflection from students), an “Honorable Mention Delegation”  award for its representation of Tunisia, plus six awards for “Outstanding Position Papers in Committee.”

Pace Westchester’s Model UN program won the highest accolade “Outstanding Delegation” for representing Ghana, in addition to three awards for “Outstanding Position Papers in Committee.”

With a total of 12 awards, the combined Pace University programs surpassed Ludwig Maximilians University Munich (8 awards), Goethe University (7), Wright University (7), Universidad San Francisco de Quito (6). The prestigious Sciences Po Paris, as well as California State University, Chico; California State University, Los Angeles and West Virginia University took home five awards each. Pace’s performance earned it a mention on the widely-read Model UN blog best delegate.

“Pace University’s approach to Model UN is geared toward experiential education in practical global policymaking,” said Dr. Matthew Bolton, faculty advisor of the Pace New York City Model UN program. “As such, the highest priority is learning rather than competition, education rather than awards. While I see awards as a recognition of our students’ hard work, not the end goal in themselves, the Pace delegations should be proud of what they achieved.”

Located only two express subway stops from the iconic United Nations complex on the East River, Pace University’s New York City Model UN program has a 60-year history of excellence in regional, national and international conferences. Model UN at Pace is uniquely integrated into the Political Science curriculum within the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and aims to encourage students to develop wisdom, knowledge and skills for global citizenship.

About Matthew Bolton

I am assistant professor of Political Science at Pace University and author of Foreign Aid and Landmine Clearance.
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