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Model UN team ranked #4 in world

The World Affairs Program’s Model UN team

The college’s World Affairs Program (WAP) capped a successful year with the #4 spot in world rankings by Best Delegate, an organization dedicated to promoting and supporting student Model UN teams in competitions and conferences in a broad range of regions.

It is the highest ranking WAP has ever received. This is the third consecutive year the team has placed in the top 10, achieving the #8 ranking in 2018-2019 and #10 in 2019-2020.

The recognition wasn’t the only accomplishment for this student organization this year. The team attended eight conferences in the fall and spring, winning Best Large Delegation at four of them, Best Small Delegation at one and Outstanding Small Delegation at another. A number of WAP members won individual Best Delegate awards at the University of California Berkeley’s Model UN Conference.

These achievements are all the more noteworthy for having taken place in a challenging year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many Model UN (MUN) and Crisis Simulation conferences had to transition to completely virtual platforms, forcing delegates to adapt their skills and, for many, years of MUN experience to succeed on the virtual circuit. 

New training and recruitment methods put in place by FSU WAP leadership were highly effective in meeting the demands of the new virtual environment. These tactics allowed some of the best and brightest FSU freshmen to join the program and, in turn, significantly boost rankings. 

“This year, the rankings celebrate the MUN teams that showed immense resilience by not only enduring despite the year’s challenges, but also succeeding at the highest level possible in collegiate Model UN,” noted the Best Delegate website in announcing the rankings. “Each delegate made an effort to preserve the MUN traditions we have come to know and love while pioneering new ones.”

The World Affairs Program will host the inaugural NoleMUN conference in September 2021, drawing teams from across the country to the FSU campus.