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Ten Institute in Paris students attend the Global Model European Union conference in Brussels

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A group of ten third-year University of London Institute in Paris students attend the Global Model European Union conference in Brussels on 8th and 9th January 2024. They won three awards including one for best diplomatic skills, making the University of London Institute in Paris the highest-achieving university.

Organised by Ithaca College (United States) and the Brussels School of Governance (Belgium), the conference is a collegiate simulation of the European Union. The simulation rotates each year between New York City and Brussels. Universities from all over the world participate in the simulation, providing students with a unique opportunity for experiential learning and a chance to interact and network with their peers in an international setting. 

Model UN meeting

Being a part of the Global Model European Union conference is a great opportunity not only to engage with current affairs and practise formal debating but also to network within an international group of young people of similar interests.

Hugo Jamison, third-year BA International Politics student

Approximately 90 student delegates attended this year’s conference, taking on the roles of national delegates for the 27 EU member states. The simulation rotates each year between New York City and Brussels.

At this year’s conference, the Institute in Paris students represented Luxemburg and Denmark, defending – in plenary sessions and through informal negotiations – their respective countries’ interests on a range of different topics: from climate change to EU cooperation with the Indo-Pacific region, by way of the war in Ukraine. They were accompanied by Dr Edouard Morena

Model UN students - Olivia Harrison (middle) cropped image

It was an amazing immersive experience that represented weeks of research and preparation, and a rare opportunity to meet so many likeminded individuals from all over the world. The Brussels School of Governance was incredibly hospitable and encouraging, and we owe thanks to them for having us!

Olivia Harrison (middle), third-year BA French Studies with International Relations student.

The group won three awards including one for best diplomatic skills, making the University of London Institute in Paris the highest-achieving university. They hope to participate in another model EU conference in Bulgaria in May.

Photos and information on the conference can be found here.