Utrikespolitiska Föreningen Malmö and Malmö University announce 4 places on the team representing Malmö University at the International Model United Nations in Paris (PIMUN), on May 18-20, 2012. The team will be financially supported by theUniversity, through the Faculty of Culture and Society, the International Office and Pro Vice Chancellor Ingrid Elam; the University sponsoring will cover most of the cost.

Application deadline is March 25th at noon.

What is the PIMUN?

It is a simulation of the actual proceedings of the United Nations where you, as a team, will represent a specific country in the diverse committees of the PIMUN, such as the ECOFIN, the Security Council, G20 and NATO. Further information on which committees the Malmö University team can participate in will be available when the registration process is completed.
Students will gain valuable insight into the proceedings of the UN, learn how to conduct international diplomacy and sharpen their analytical and expressive skills. But not only will you, as a member of the PIMUN team, gain a great experience for yourself, but it will also be valued by future employers. Model United Nations are esteemed around the world and participation in them is considered a valuable asset in any CV. Furthermore, you will help to put Malmö University on the map as an institution with international ambitions. Moreover, the team will help build a platform for future students to take advantage of this opportunity, if it manages to work well in this project.

Application process

We welcome applications from students of all faculties of Malmö University. Application is done by submitting a paper of 800-1000 words on the position of Belarus on the global financial crisis. Information on the requirements to be met can be found at http://www.nmun.org/downloads/Sample%20Position%20Paper.pdf (the sample position paper is hosted in the Washington National MUN homepage, but the format is applicable to all Model United Nations conferences).
The position paper should be submitted by email to Utrikespolitiska föreningen Malmö (Malmö Association of Foreign Affairs- UF) no later than Sunday, March 25th, at noon. Email: uf@karen.mah.se, subject: “PIMUN application”.
In addition to the position paper, the application must also include your contact details, personal identification number, the name of the course/ programme you are enrolled in at Malmö University, as well as a copy of your transcript of records from Ladok, including ECTS credits, if available.

Selection Criteria

A first selection will be made based on the position paper. Successful applicants will be invited for an interview shortly after the deadline for applications has passed.

Through this process you will be judged on the following set of skills:
• Ability to speak in public;
• Versatile English, appropriate for the model;
• Group-oriented approach, incl. ability to accept leadership of Head Delegate;
• Ability to work independently on a given task;
• General knowledge of the UN;
• Good research skills (depth and speed!);
• Acquaintance with the problems posed and discussed at the committees;
• Ability to write under the posed structure;
• Understanding of diplomatic decorum;
• Ability to debate (in the sense of taking an unfamiliar position, even if it’s against one’s own beliefs);
• Financial independence;
• Commitment – Willingness to put the necessary work in the project;
• Outstanding grades.

More information on what it feels like to actually participate in the Malmö University MUN team can be found on the 2011 team’s blog at: blogg.mah.se/modelun.
For further questions, please feel free to contact UF Malmö (the Malmö Association of Foreign Affairs) at: uf@karen.mah.se.

Applications must be sent to uf@karen.mah.se no later than Sunday March 25th at 12.00!