Doha College Model United Nations - DCMUN
Model United Nations (MUN), is a simulation of the United Nations and gives students the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills and attributes. these include leadership, communication and negotiating as well as developing an in-depth knowledge of current affairs. Students learn to play the role of United Nations Delegate for any given country on a range of contentious modern issues. In doing so they are taught to draft resolutions, publicly defend their county’s position, and convince other to accept their view or reject an opposing resolution. One of the most exciting things about DCMUN is to the club and arrange conferences that are usually attended by schools across Qatar and around the world. Our members also take lead positions in the largest youth conference in the Middle East (THIMUN Qatar) as well as a plethora of local initiatives aimed at realising the United Nations 17 Sustainable development Goals.
No matter what role a student decides to undertake within a conference, they will learn something new about themselves and the planet we call our home. DCMUN is a seed bed for growing leaders, allowing them to learn the skills they need to make changes and improve our world.
David Moore, Director of DC MUN
The most common form of participation is in the role of a delegate; their task is to represent a country within their committee. Speaking in debates is not for the promotion of their own personal views but to represent the foreign policy of their delegation. They research the issues before the conference, in order to make the debates more engaging and thus find meaningful solutions to real world problems.
The Admin staff are a crucial part of every conference; they make sure that everything behind the scenes is running smoothly. From preparing rooms to serving food, and passing notes inside committees, their work is an opportunity to experience MUN from a different perspective. Conferences simply could not be the grand events they are without the meticulous, exacting preparations of the Admin team.
Members of the Press team are responsible for producing booklets to be handed out both before the conference and after each day of the conference, each one filled with information, articles, and photos. They also serve as our photographers, and produce the ever-anticipated conference video.
Pre-conference, student officers produce the research reports created before the conference, which allow delegates to learn more about the issues they will be debating. During the conference, they are responsible for chairing the debates, as well as ensuring there is order within a committee.
DCMUN leaders meet leaders of the United Nations, and talk with diplomats, ambassadors, journalists, and CEOs of non-government organisations and charities. A while ago, DC students visited Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary on the United Nations in her New York office, as well as dignitaries in Washington, in the UK and Italy.
DCMUN is a wonderful opportunity to make friends and contacts from around the world. All this has meant that active membership is a great opportunity to build academic CVs before applying for universities. Many of our MUN leaders take offers at world’s elite universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and Yale.
Doha College students are helped in following the debate’s formal style by the training they receive in the months leading up to the conference. The MUN club offers a wide range of other opportunities for those taking part besides those of a delegate. Administration staff are tasked with the essential jobs that make the conference possible – from preparing committee rooms to distributing food. The conference press team prepare newsletters before, after and during the conference, and take photos and videos of the days’ proceedings. Student officers’ duties are to chair the debates and try and ensure all delegates participate so that all sides of an argument are heard. Since MUN naturally fosters a sense of responsibility and organisation, there are clear progression paths for those students who are committed to the club. In their final years, experienced students may be given the opportunity to become part of the conference’s executive team, and help plan the proceedings. The emphasis is always that students take the lead in organising the conference rather than staff.