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World Affairs Program Ranked #8 In World For Model UN

The FSU World Affairs Program Model UN team

The college’s World Affairs Program (WAP) capped one of its most successful years ever in achieving the number 8 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.

The ranking is WAP’s highest since 2010, rising from #19 just three years ago. According to Best Delegate, the team “dominated the southern circuit” in 2018-2019 and brought home Best Large Delegation Awards from several major events. The team has also brought home numerous individual delegate awards. (Read the full story of this year’s winning competitions here.)

“It was clear that FSU was one of the teams to beat in the southern region this year,” the Best Delegate site announcing the rankings said. “Florida State University’s Model UN program celebrated its 33rd anniversary and has made incredible efforts towards the continued sustainability of the competitive travel team.”

The team was able to expand its travel and competitive opportunities this year thanks to generous support from donors in the 2018 Great Give, FSU’s online giving event.

“Florida State University’s year on the circuit was one defined with incredible new and dedicated talent that represents a bright and sustainable future for our Model UN program” said outgoing WAP Director Richard Sommers. “Watching underclassmen carry our torch has been an incredibly rewarding experience, and I am so proud of the exponential growth that they experienced this year. FSU WAP is thankful that it can continually show its talent on the Model United Nations circuit with the fantastic support of its 33 years of alumni and from throughout the University. The team is undoubtedly only going to get even bigger and better due to their hard work and persistence. I look forward to witnessing their continued success on the circuit next year representing our incredible university.”

Best Delegate provides in-person programs that directly impact over 3,700 students and teachers worldwide every year. Its website is used by more than 750,000 Model UN participants from around the world every year and is the thought leader in the development of the global Model United Nations community. Best Delegate has consulted for the United Nations and its work has been featured in the New York Times.