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"At UMBC, we celebrate the life of the mind, and we are extremely proud of the students involved in the Model United Nations, who take seriously their roles as global citizens."

--President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

UMBC Wins Model United Nations Honors

April 27, 1999 UMBC students competing in the National Model United Nations Conference earned "Distinguished Delegation" honors, finishing ahead of such institutions as Georgetown, West Point, Syracuse, Mount Holyoke, and Bryn Mawr. The conference drew over 2,000 students from more than 200 U.S. and international colleges and universities. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan attended the proceedings, which were held earlier this month at U.N. headquarters in New York.UMBC's Model U.N. team, says faculty advisor and political science chair Cynthia Hody, is "a United Nations in miniature, a shining example of diversity," which draws students from a wide range of disciplines and includes a number of international students.In assuming the roles of U.N. ambassadors, the students gain first-hand experience with the decision-making processes and the diplomatic work of the United Nations, and grapple with such complex global concerns as the environment, economic development,disarmament, and human rights.Top-ranked teams such as UMBC's excel in their thorough preparation, persuasive arguments, and strong negotiating and consensus-building skills throughout the simulation of a real session before the United Nations.UMBC's Model U.N. is part of the University"s Intellectual Sports Council, which also includes the chess, quiz bowl, and debate teams. The chess team, 1998 Pan-American Collegiate Team Chess Champions, recently defeated Princeton, and the debate team hosted and won a recent debate against the Cambridge Union Debate Society.


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