MUN is an academic simulation of the United Nations, where pupils play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real world global issues, with the policies and perspectives of their assigned country.
Through the MUN programme, pupils learn about diplomacy and international relations as they engage in researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, and develop their critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities.
MUN is very popular at top American Universities; Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) is the world’s oldest continuous College Model UN conference, founded in 1955. The number of pupils involved in MUN at Harrow is continually growing.
Pupils can also attend Model United Nations conferences around the world. These conferences are organised by universities, high schools, non-profit organisations, and other educational groups. Conferences are offered for different academic levels including schools, colleges and universities.
In 2017 and 2018, Harrow Hong Kong hosted a MUN conference and dialogue included a range of topics such as ‘ending the production and use of biological and chemical weapons’ to fictional crises such as a proxy war between the USA and China. Topics including the European Union’s refugee crisis, conflict resolution in the Middle East, sanctions imposed upon Russia, peace deals and tension in the South China Sea, also provided a chance to see the School’s leadership attributes in impressive action.
MUN provides an extraordinary experience for delegates, bringing people from all corners of the globe together, creating the skill set to be true global citizens and leaders for tomorrow.