Prof. Dr. Joachim Hornegger
Präsident der Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
10 years of FAUMUN is a success story. Since 2007, the university annually sends a student delegation to New York City. Being a university beacon project, FAUMUN has since then regularly managed to establish our university among the top five percent out of over 400 participating institutions. Not only is the project among the top three of 30 German universities, measured by the awards received, but through the current awarding as “Outstanding Delegation“, it also positions itself at the international top once again.
I congratulate the team of the FAUMUN project on its ten-year anniversary and on the great success. The university is proud that the FAU delegation is able to establish itself so successfully at the peak of the represented universities at the world’s largest UN simulation in New York every year.
Not least because of this success, we are pleased to support our students with the opportunity to prepare and participate in such a successful project like FAUMUN. In today’s world, key qualifications are more important than ever in the day-to-day business environment. Hence with FAUMUN, the Center for Applied Philosophy of Science and Key Qualifications starts exactly at the right place. Students from the most various subject areas come together and within the context of this interdisciplinary seminar prepare themselves in order to represent the FAU at National Model United Nations (NMUN), the world’s largest United Nations simulation. The students show strong commitment, invest time in learning important soft skills, prepare for a highly competitive environment with speech and negotiation training throughout the winter term, and practice productive exchange amongst intercultural groups.
I particularly encourage students to further use the opportunities Model United Nations has to offer, through which theory and practical experience of politics connect on the international stage. Even if they have to invest a lot of their free time. Their commitment does not only allow our students to apply and deepen the knowledge and skills they have acquired at our university on a large scale, but it also furthers team building – a strong team for the FAU.
I thank all partners and sponsors of the project. Please continue to take the path, which we have until now so successfully pursued together, with us and the FAUMUN project.
I am pleased that the students of FAU will continue to have the possibility of experiencing the work of the United Nations very closely and wish all the best to all participants for the future.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Hornegger
President of Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg