EHU students tested their diplomatic skills at the first Lithuanian Model United Nations Conference (MUN) in Vilnius. The project brought together students from Germany, Lithuania, and Belarus to discuss nuclear energy security, migration, and human rights issues. Nine EHU students participated.
MUN is an academic simulation of the United Nations (UN). Each participant takes on the role of a UN diplomat from a particular country and has to defend that country's position on a variety of issues according to UN procedures.
“During this simulation, I had to actively support my country's position, follow the discussion, and be friendly with other people,” said EHU student Andrei Lahunou. “MUN has increased my knowledge of the UN, its structure, and its principles of work."
"It was such a pleasure to collaborate with people from different countries, of different cultures and beliefs. The international spirit of the conference created an atmosphere of friendship," said EHU student Zlata Smirnova. “The experience I gained helped me improve various skills: to work in a team in an international atmosphere, to negotiate, and to find compromises on diverse issues."
During the opening ceremony at the Lithuanian Parliament, Lithuania's Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis stressed the importance of EHU's participation in the event. “I am particularly pleased that students from the European Humanities University, a university based in Vilnius since its forced closure in Minsk by the authoritarian Belarusian regime, are participating in the Model United Nations Conference. Participation in Model United Nations simulations not only provides an excellent opportunity to deepen understanding of the way in which this global organization deals with current global issues, but also enables young people to actively engage in international cooperation. Moreover, it teaches them to respect different opinions, to compromise, and build consensus,” said Azubalis.
The European Humanities University is a private, non-profit liberal arts university founded in Minsk in 1992. With the active support of the international community, EHU relocated to Vilnius after it was forcibly closed in Belarus in 2004. Currently, more than 1,800 students are enrolled in EHU. Most of them are from Belarus.