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Learning about Egyptian diplomacy

We left Jena very early in the morning to be on time for our meeting with the ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Dr. Badr Abdelatty, in Berlin. After a warm welcome we sat down and listened to a talk from the ambassador. He spoke about current Foreign Policy strategies and economic challenges that Egypt has to face,  because of its rapidly growing population. The he allowed us to ask our questions concerning our committees at WorldMUN. There we learned about Egypts leading role in the fight against terrorism and extremism. After around two hours we left the embassy with a lot of informative tips for Panama.

Then we opted for a quick lunch near the Federal Foreign Office, where we had our next meeting. Unfortunately, we couldn’t meet wit the responsible desk officer for Egypt Mr. Jahnke, but instead we could talk to Mr. Mauerer, who actually is responsible for Jordan and the African Union. But we could ask all our questions and got very detailed responses from him. Mr. Mauerer also gave us a detailed response about who could be a good negotiating partner for Egypt in Panama.

After this meeting we still weren’t finished in Berlin! We were able to get free entrance to the Neues Museum to see very interesting exhibition, that includes the bust of Nefertiti. By this time our feet were already tired from walking but we still powered through all floors of the museum.

Before we took our train home to Jena we had a small dinner and talked about the different impressions of the day.


Heidelberg National MUN 2018 Experiences

On the weekend of January 13 to 14 2018 our delegation took part in the 8th Heidelberg National MUN 2018. We were accompanied by our delegation colleague Merve Okumus. Never before has anyone of us participated in a MUN and we were all very excited and a little bit nervous. Thanks to the preparation of the organizers in Heidelberg it was a great opportunity to gain some experience for this year’s WorldMUN in Panama City. In Heidelberg there were two committees present: The General Assembly and the NATO. Our delegation represented different countries within the General Assembly.

The topic before the General Assembly was Digitalization and Development and gave us the chance to dig into an issue that is very important in the whole world.

Carolin Brandenburg and Oliver Laskowski represented France and were lucky to have a huge contribution in the outcome of the draft resolution, which in the end successfully passed. Thanks to their broad passion concerning this topic, the speeches hold by this delegation were well remembered by all the participants in Heidelberg.

Janine Stibaner and Merve Okumus represented India in the General Assembly. As India’s role is a very significant in the global setting of digitalization, this delegation had the chance to really bring the discussion forward – in the moderated as well as in the unmoderated caucus. Because of their very eager preparation in the weeks before, they had a profound knowledge of all the topics being debated.

Iryna Sheremeta and Olexandra Panova, the delegates of North Korea, offered the most interesting ideas when it comes to digitalization in a globalized world, even though it was by far the most difficult role to engage in. Due to their commitment the whole weekend they managed to support an amendment which finally passed.

Olha Zhuk was assigned to be the representor of Ukraine and could contribute in the debate with specific ideas and demands. Especially her work in the unmoderated caucus discussing with other delegations enriched the debate and contributed to a successful result.

Lara Hoffmann and Lisa Anke had the opportunity to represent Afghanistan with the country most in need for digitalization. In the moderated caucus they explained the special necessity for developing countries in their area and in the unmoderated caucus they connected with other delegation and were signatories of various working papers, amendments and the draft resolution within the process.

All in all, our delegation was very glad to have participated in this special setting of the Neue Aula at the Heidelberg National MUN. Thanks to this opportunity we caught the MUN spirit and cannot wait enlarge our experiences at the WorldMUN in Panama City 2018.


Happy New Year!

This years delegation wishes all of you a happy new year! May all your hopes and wishes come true!

Our resolution is to post more regulary on this website. But if that is not enough for you, you can follow us on facebook!



WorldMUN Christmas Evening

Nine students from Jena will fly to Panama City in March 2018 to take part in the UN simulation of Harvard University. In order to introduce the programme to the Friedrich Schiller University community, all the members of the delegation organized Christmas event with homemade cookies and Glühwein. All the guests had a chance to buy something and in such a way to support this educational trip.


The evening program was moderated by one of the delegates Lara Hoffmann, who introduced not only the whole delegation at the beginning but also made a flashback to past WorldMUNs. The Christmas spirit was then initiated by a jazz vocal contribution by Carolina Rehrmann, a member of the Department of International Relations. Afterwards, Steve Biedermann, a member of the Department of International Organizations and Globalization, presented the German Society for the United Nations and informed about the history, goals and activities of the DGVN. He pointed, that WorldMUN is a unique opportunity for students to see learn deeply about the work of the UN and in such a way encouraged students to apply next years. The following thing, that was presented was the historical film  „Merry Christmas“ for the Christmas Peace 1914, which was arranged by the delegate Janine Stibaner. Before a short program break, Franziska Sandt, a lecturer at the Department of International Organizations and Globalization and Faculty Advisor of the WorldMUN Delegation, read a Christmas story from O’Henry.


During a short break, all the guests were able to relax a little bit to try Christmas cookies and Glühwein. Next step of the programme was two Christmas stories in Poetry Slam style read by the author. After that three members of WorldMUN delegation 2018 from Ukraine Iryna Sheremeta, Olexandra Panova and Olha Zhuk told some facts about Ukrainian Christmas traditions. To conclude, two short poems followed. Scheuermann, one of the professors of Department of International Organizations and Globalization. The evening finished on the high jazz note thanks to a new vocal contribution from Mrs Rehrmann, who once again impressed the audience with her great voice.


After the official program, there was once again the opportunity for a short conversation and sharing of Christmas wishes to each other with Glühwein and cookies. On behalf of the whole delegation, we are grateful for the financial support of the DGVNF,  that made this evening possible


Delegation Panama City 2018

The Delegates


Lisa Anke (24), a B.A. student in Political Science and Psychology at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, is interested in how to resolve conflicts worldwide and how to establish peace in conflict-affected areas. She believes in the connection between the psychological dimension and intercultural communication on the one side and politics on the other. She gained experience abroad, e.g. during a student exchange in France and South Africa, as an international volunteer in Colombia and as an Erasmus student in Turkey. Her goal is to work for an international human rights organization. She is looking forward to meet people from all over the world at WorldMUN 2018 and getting insights into diplomatic negotiation strategies and the work of international organizations. In her spare time, she loves attending cultural programs with her friends and travelling to other countries.





Lara Hoffmann (23), a first-semester student in the M.A. program in Political Science at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, completed her undergraduate studies in Political and Educational Science at the University of Erlangen. She strongly believes in the importance of international dialogue and cooperation in today’s globalized world. In her studies, she focuses on international relations, diplomacy as well as peace and conflict studies. WorldMUN provides her with a unique opportunity to work with students from all around the world, enhance her language and diplomatic skills, and develop a profound understanding of the UN system and procedures. Ultimately, she would like to contribute to intercultural understanding and help find solutions to the global challenges that we face today. She is very much looking forward for her first WorldMUN.





Olya Zhuk (23) is finishing her M.A. in Politics at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. She already obtained a Master’s in International Relations at Ivan Franko University of Lviv, Ukraine. International organizations have always been her favorite field of studies which is why the UN, particularly the UN Security Council, is the topic of her Master thesis. To her, participating in the World MUN is a great opportunity to both learn how the UN works and apply her theoretical knowledge to real-world issues. She is strongly convinced that the World MUN will be of great value to her professional development and welcomes the chance to contribute to the success of the FSU Delegation during the conference.






Oliver  Laskowski, a 25-year old student from Lower Saxony, Germany, is currently enrolled in the M.A. Program in Political Science at Friedrich Schiller University Jena where he focuses on international relations and foreign policy. He completed his B.A. in Political Science and Economics at the University of Mannheim and completed internships in the German Bundestag and at the office of a council faction of the City of Mannheim. An active member of several youth- and student-parliaments, he participates regularly in political seminars throughout Europe. He is looking forward to meeting many new people and learning about their perspectives on current global issues at MUN 2018. Developing his diplomatic skills, engaging in productive political discussions and achieving a deeper understanding of the work of the United Nations are Oliver’s core incentives for participating in MUN 2018. To him, bringing people from all over the world together and having them work on solutions to our most challenging global problems is at the core of the Harvard World Model United Nations 2018 and the reason why it will be a lasting experience.



Janine Stibaner (31),  a student in the Master’s Program “Applied Ethics and Conflict Management” at Friedrich Schiller University Jena, is interested in reasoning about moral positions in conflict situations as they arise in medicine, economics, politics as well as bioethics. She successfully completed the workshop „Negotiation and Management of Conflicts,” fulfilling the „Mutual Gains Approach of Harvard University’s Project on Negotiation (PON).” Prior to her Master’s Program, she earned two bachelor degrees in Philosophy/Political Science and Studies of the Ancient Orient. As working for an international organization always involves different cultures, gaining a deeper understanding of cultures and their histories is fundamental to her. She considers the Harvard World Model United Nations a unique opportunity to learn about how to address global issues.





Iryna Sheremeta (23) is a motivated and socially active M.A. student in the Political Science double-degree program at Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany) and the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy (Kyiv, Ukraine). From 2016 until 2017 she served as President of the local branch of the European Youth Forum AEGEE (Association des États Généraux des Étudiants de l’Europe) in Kyiv. She has extensive international experience as both a volunteer and a professional. Before embarking in her M.A. program, she worked at the Viktor Pinchuk Foundation and the international organization Yalta European Strategy for which she helped organize the 13th Yalta European Strategy Annual Meeting. In addition, she participated in the „Young Leaders“ section at the 14th Yalta European Strategy Annual Meeting. With her interest in reforms, the NGO sector and international organizations, Iryna also completed an internship in the international department of Reanimation Package of Reforms. Iryna believes in learning by doing such, e.g. by getting engaged in committee sessions, intercultural exchanges, panels and educational activities



Carolin Brandenburg (23) just started her first year in the M.A. program in Political Science at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Rostock, where she was active as a student representative in various committees. WorldMUN provides a great opportunity for her to pursue her academic interest in international relations, especially in conflict resolution and peacekeeping.







Oleksandra Panova (23) studies towards her M.A. in Political Science at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Beforehand, she completed her B.A. in Political Science at Kyiv-Mohyla-Academy, Kyiv (Ukraine). As a response to the crisis in eastern Ukraine, Oleksandra is particularly interested in learning more about peacekeeping activities, conflict resolution, negotiation processes, and the role of international organizations. With her interest in applying different approaches to real-world issues, she frequently participates in workshops, debates or simulation games. She is strongly convinced that global challenges should be solved only through cooperation and dialog on the highest level.





Johannes Säuberlich (21) completed his B.A. in Sociology and Economics at Friedrich Schiller University Jena in 2017 and has started studying towards his M.A. in Sociology. He is very much looking forward to his first WorldMUN experience in Panama. He appreciates the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and to understand what it means to be part of a big international organization.


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Studierende der Universität Jena fahren zu internationaler UNO-Simulation in Montréal 2017


Politic Slam – Happy New Year!

RememberinIMG_0710ag an evening of joy, laughter and wonderful slam, we, the delegation of the University of Jena, want to thank you for this evening and for your support. Without you, this christmassy poetry slam would not have been possible. We hope you also enjoyed beeing with us.
The delegation of Jena sends you the warmest thoughts and best wishes and a very Happy New Year, looking forward to the adventures at Heidelberg MUN, Erfurt MUN and Harvard WorldMUN.
Prof. Dr. Michael Dreyer

WorldMUN 2017 in Montréal

In the south west of the canadian province Québec is the WorldMUN-host city 2017 located. With about 1 700 000 inhabitants and an area of 364km² Montréal, „the City of Festivals“, can call itself the second largest city of Canada.


From March 13. to March 17. five delegates of the Friedrich-Schiller-Univercity and their faculty advisor will participate in the Harvard World Model United Nations-Conferences and represent Sierra Leone in a city which is characterized by culture, history, economy and politics; a city, which connects romantically french charme and modern innovative buildings. This is one of the reasons why the unique Montréal is perfectly qualified to host this yearly event.

But the cultural capital of Canada and UNESCO City of Design cannot offer only a breathtaking architecture and cityscape with buildings like Notre-Dame de Montréal or the Botanical Garden Montréal, it also impresses with vibrant events (including the largest international jazz festival in the world). There couldn’t be a more appropriate city to fulfil cultural exchange and international enmeshment on the highest Level.

Five days of speeches, negotiation and getting in contact with other delegates will expect more than 2 000 students of more than 120 countries from all over the world. Accompanied of an interesting events in the evenings, which promote the meetings of delegates, the conferences will be proceed daily in the Palais des congrès de Montréal, known as one of „the most connected and beautiful conference centers in existence“.




Delegation Montréal 2017

The Delegates

Antonia1aAntonia Rausch (19) studies for her B.A. in Political Science and Public Law at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. She is mainly interested in judicial questions in the fields of human rights and international law. At her high school, she already gained international experience on her trips to England and to Italy where she participated in a student exchange program. Antonia is excited to be part of WorldMUN in Montreál as she would love to learn more about how international negotiations work and how conflicts get resolved.






Marcel1aMarcel Sommer (27) is pursuing his M.A. in Intercultural Personnel Development and Communication Management at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. He is interested in the extent to which international organizations benefit from the diverse cultural backgrounds of its members. After finishing his B.A. in Latin American Studies at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn, spending a year abroad at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) and completing internships for two NGOs, Marcel has begun to specialize in migration as well as children’s and women’s rights. His goal is to work for a human rights organization. In his spare time he enjoys attending cultural events with his friends, discovering new record shops and cooking. WorldMUN 2017 provides Marcel with a perfect opportunity to gain a better understanding of diplomatic negotiations and to share ideas for a global community.




Sebastian1aSebastian Witte (23) is an M.A. student in Political Science with a concentration in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. During his B.A. studies in Political Science and Economics at the University of Halle (Saale), Sebastian developed an interest in security policy. The UN system is of particular relevance to his academic studies because of the UN’s prominent role in international peace and security negotiations. WorldMUN 2017 offers him a perfect opportunity to familiarize himself with processes of bargaining in international relations. Sebastian is also looking forward to the cultural exchange during the conference.





Marike1aMarike Seusing (25) is an M.A. student in the Intercultural Personnel Development and Communication Management Program at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. She completed her B.A. in Linguistics at the University of Augsburg. While her main focus lies on intercultural negotiation, she is also very interested in languages and enjoys meeting people from different cultures. Her other passions are movies, yoga, music and travelling. This will be Marika’s first WorldMUN experience. She is keen on gaining insights into the intercultural aspects involved in the work of the UN.







Lukas Syskowski (19) is a B.A. student in Political Science and Economics at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena. His professional goal is to join the Foreign Service or work for an NGO. Lukas wants to change the world and make it a place without wars, discrimination and environmental disasters. He is thrilled to be on the WorldMUN team and excited to meet people from around the world and getting to know their culture and lifestyle. The attendance in Montréal provides Lukas a good opportunity to gain political and administrative training to become a part of the next political generation.