Model United Nations Association Munich e.V.
Registered in 2008, the Model United Nations Association Munich e.V. (MUNAM) is an English-speaking student society focused on fostering international understanding, promoting cultural and academic exchange as well as grappling with questions relating to international politics and the United Nations. Their goal is to promote the concept of Model United Nations amongst talented university students and to get them in touch with like-minded young people worldwide. Their society was founded in 2007 and has gathered more than 100 members since then. Furthermore, their activities focus on two central pillars among further smaller projects.
The first is their so-called “delegation project”. Each year they prepare approximately 15 new members for MUN-conferences taking place globally. So far, their delegates have successfully participated at more than 40 national and international MUN conferences on five continents. These include the likes of the Harvard WorldMUN, the NMUN at the UN-headquarters in New York and EuroMUN in the city of Maastricht, where the correspondent treaty of 1992 ultimately led to the creation of the Euro. Every year, applicants undergo a rigorous two-phase selection process before they become part of the new MUNAM delegation. This process allows them to maintain an equilibrium between high quality candidatures and their signature interdisciplinary approach, which they are very proud of. Currently, they boast members from nearly 20 faculties from both major universities in Munich, the majority of which stemming from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University. They then provide their delegates with academic training through means of their UN-seminar held by MUNAM alumni and external experts. The professional input is complemented by leadership seminars and classes for rhetorical performance practice. Furthermore, thanks to the many team-building activities, MUNAM provides the perfect environment to forge long-lasting friendships.
Secondly, MUNAM is proud to host its own annual MUN conference – IsarMUN – each autumn. Starting out as a local event, IsarMUN has grown into an internationally renowned conference with more than 200 participants attending each edition.
In the near future, they seek to expand their activities with the introduction of a third pillar – volunteer work in collaboration with an organ of the United Nations, UNICEF. In doing so, they hope to add a bottom-up approach to the problem solving skills acquired through debate and the study of current affairs at the conferences they attend.
Since its inception in 1945, the Munich Youth Council (Kreisjugendring München-Stadt, KJR) is a consortium of almost 70 youth associations and federations in Munich. Within the Council, children, youths and adults aged between 6 and 27 years from different nationalities, confessions social groups are bound together. The KJR sees itself as an effective voice and representative of these associations, assisting them in their work and and promoting networking.
MUNAM e.V. is a member of the KJR since 2012.
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich is a public research university located in Munich, Germany. The University of Munich is among Germany’s oldest universities and was just ranked the best university in Germany again as well as number 34 worldwide by the “Times Higher Education” ranking (THE) 2018. Originally established in Ingolstadt in 1472 by Duke Ludwig IX of Bavaria-Landshut, the university was moved in 1800 to Landshut by King Maximilian I of Bavaria when Ingolstadt was threatened by the French, before being relocated to its present-day location in Munich in 1826 by King Ludwig I of Bavaria. In 1802, the university was officially named Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität by King Maximilian I of Bavaria in his as well as the university’s original founder’s honour. The University of Munich has, particularly since the 19th century, been considered as one of Germany’s as well as one of Europe’s most prestigious universities; with 34 Nobel laureates associated with the university, it ranks 13th worldwide by number of Nobel laureates.