WestMUN conferences provide the opportunity for students to become delegates representing a country. Participants engage in a diplomatic role in active committee simulations tackling controversial global issues. The WestMUN Society also gives the opportunity for students to network and travel with others from a range of international backgrounds.
Professor Roland Dannreuther, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience, said: “WestMUN is one of the most dynamic from the many societies the University has, and clearly one of the most international. This conference represents a lot of work that has taken place over a number of months, and has not only attracted the Ambassador of Colombia to open the event, but also brought together students from around Europe and from other parts of London.
“What students take away from this in particular is engaging with some of the major challenges that exist in the world. Doing that through the processes of the United Nations, they’ll gain confidence, they’ll better understand the United Nations and some of the challenges of international politics. They also develop connections and networks which is important for their careers and their future development.”
Dr Farhang Morady, Principal Lecturer in Development Studies and International Relations, added: “It was great to see so many of our students engage imaginatively with some of the real issues facing the UN. WestMUN has a proud tradition of working in partnership with the University’s Department of Politics and International Relations. The conference was a success. These conferences give students a chance to think about the applied dimensions of their studies in Politics, International Relations and Development Studies. We always encourage our students to get involved as the academic community is enriched when students take responsibility for global issues.”
The University of Westminster’s Department of Politics and International Relations enjoyed spectacular success in the latest National Student Survey (NSS, 2015), with a number of its flagship courses highly ranked within the sector and 100 per cent overall student satisfaction for Development Studies and International Relations.