Posted on 09/04/2013
Student diplomats from Royal Holloway picked up a prestigious award for the second year in a row as they represented France in this year’s National Model United Nations conference in New York.
Members of the Politics and International Relations Society walked away with the Outstanding Delegation award, putting Royal Holloway in the top 10 out of more than 200 universities that took part.
The conference, held between 17 and 28 March, saw more than 5,000 students from around the world discuss issues at the forefront of international relations, with the UN headquarters as a backdrop.
Royal Holloway’s delegation was made up of 23 students, from first to third years. They gave speeches and took part in debates on topics ranging from peacekeeping to nuclear proliferation.
“We are very proud of our achievement, especially when considering the stiff competition we faced from top universities and colleges from around the world”, said Johanna Englund, Royal Holloway’s head delegate. “Our team put in a lot of hard work and commitment to prepare for the event, working solidly on drafting reports and resolutions, which in itself, was a challenging and enriching experience.
“In addition, our student delegates made great speeches with real impact. The team is very deserving of the award.”
During their New York trip, the student delegation also represented Royal Holloway at a fair for prospective students, as well as joining the Principal, Professor Paul Layzell, at an alumni reception and dinner.