The Florida State University World Affairs Program (WAP) capped a successful year of Model United Nations competitions by earning the No. 4 spot in the world rankings by Best Delegate, an organization dedicated to promoting and supporting student Model UN teams in competitions and conferences in a broad range of regions.
This is the third consecutive year FSU’s team has placed in the top 10, achieving the No. 8 ranking in 2018-2019 and No. 10 in 2019-2020.
It is the highest ranking the World Affairs Program has ever received. This is the third consecutive year the team has placed in the top 10, achieving the #8 ranking in 2018-2019 and #10 in 2019-2020.
For the first time in its history, World Affairs Program took home Best Large Delegation at the University of Virginia International Crisis Simulation in March. Several members also won individual Best Delegate awards at the University of California Berkeley’s Model UN Conference. In the final conferences of the academic year, the team won Best Large Delegation at William and Mary and Outstanding Small Delegation at Yale.
New training and recruitment methods implemented by the program’s leadership were highly effective in meeting the demands of the new virtual environment. These tactics allowed some of the best and brightest FSU freshmen to join the program and, in turn, significantly boost rankings.
“This year, the rankings celebrate the MUN teams that showed immense resilience by not only enduring despite the year’s challenges, but also succeeding at the highest level possible in collegiate Model UN,” noted the Best Delegate website in announcing the rankings. “Each delegate made an effort to preserve the MUN traditions we have come to know and love, while pioneering new ones.”
The World Affairs Program will host the inaugural NoleMUN conference in September 2021, drawing teams from across the country to the FSU campus.
The World Affairs Program is an academic debate team within the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at FSU that works with students from across the university to engage in debate competitions throughout the United States. WAP brings students the opportunity to engage in a socially rich organization that provides training in negotiation and debate strategies and engages with experts on topical global affairs issues.