Lara: Hi, I am Lara, 24 years old and currently I am busy with Military History at the Univeristy of Amsterdam. Just a few weeks ago I finished the masters Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Also, I am very honored to be UNISCA’s Secretary General this summer.
We will give you 2 very simple reasons: it takes place in the best city in the world, and you can earn 6 ECTS Credits by doing something you love. Need we say more? :)
MUNPlanet: Before we proceed, just so we clarify this for the delegates with rich imagination, red triple X in UNISCA logo stand for?
Haha a dirty mind goes a long
way. But no, it does not refer to something naughty, the three crosses are the
coat of arms of our lovely city of Amsterdam.
Netherlands is home to some of the most prestigious MUNs. At the same time,
Dutch delegates are regularly seen as top performers at other conference they
attend. What is the secret?
Hmm.. That is a tough question! We will just make use of our international partners say about us. Our Southern neighbous, the Belgians, often think of us as too explicit: it’s up to you guys to decide whether this makes us good MUN-ers or not!
MUNPlanet: According to the latest MUNPlanet research, average duration of an international MUN conference around the globe is 3,6 days. UNISCA is two weeks long. How intensive is the programme and what are its main components?
UNISCA is an intens MUN, because of its academic component. This is also why it is two-week program: you have to put in some good time and effort in order to make it a success.But it also means: 6,4 more days (and evenings!) of fun and excitement than other international MUNs!
is famous for its strict preparation and testing procedure. Can you tell us
more about it?
The strict preperations also have to do with the academic component. We want our delegates to be fully prepared, but also to be prepared evenly. We believe this is why we can give our delegates the best two weeks ever!
the official MUN, UNISCA is also an internationally approved course. Successful
delegates receive 6 ECTS credits upon completion. How did you manage to
In 1996, UNISCA was founded in coöperation with the University of Amsterdam, because they wanted to offer students from all around the world the opportunity to participate in a high-quality MUN. The partnership proved to be very fruitfull! This is why we are still part of the University of Amsterdam Summer School, today.
Well we prefer delegates on bicycles of course, but then again tourists are notorious for almost getting themselves killed and us Dutchies whilst riding bikes. So if you are in for the challenge, please look around, do not ride randomly in the middle of the road or on the sidewalk, and NEVER EVER suddenly stop. Is this seems too adventurous for you, please use the public transportation or ask for proper and well bike-ride-educated (Dutch) escort. We want everyone alive at the end of the course ;)
much pocket money do we need for two weeks in Amsterdam?
Well, that probably depends on how much you love Amsterdam and our beers.. But seeing almost everybody is crazy about both, you will probably need €15 a day. The lunch and coffee and tea are on us! And also the first beers.. or maybe the first 2.. So for the total duration of UNISCA, about €200.
MUNPlanet: A typical resident of Amsterdam drinks 3,2 cups of coffee a day (140 liters per annum). By your honest calculation, how many coffees on average does it take UNISCA delegates to pull a whole-nighter and finish their resolutions?
UNISCA 2015 is such a thrill that coffee isn’t needed for an whole-nighter!
MUNPlanet: How do you see new technologies, especially communities such as MUNPlanet, changing Model United Nations landscape in the coming years?
MUNPlanet gives everyone who’s into MUNs the chance to communicate easily with each other, which is great! Besides this, you cannot only look up MUNs, but also ask questions about them immediately. This community feeling is really great, and makes doing MUNs and organizing them, of course, even more fun!
are huge on history and Amsterdam is the city with most museums in the world
(51, to be precise). How are you planning to show your delegates some parts of
cultural heritage of your capital?
One of the best things
of Amsterdam: it doesn’t matter where you are, there is history and beauty all
around you. Why do you think we organize UNISCA in one of the oldest and most
important buildings of Amsterdam, de Oudemanhuispoort?! (Which is impossible to
pronounce in English, by the way) Besides this, we a great evening/social
program. I (Femke) can say this, because I am organizing it J It’s still a secret what we do exactly, but there
will definitely be attention for our greatest trump: the canals…
MUNPlanet: If MUNPlanet team was to come to this year’s conference, would you buy us beers, or would you buy us beers and go Dutch on us?
Of course would we buy you beers, at least the first round. Second round is on you guys ;) That’s our international way of drinking together, with a Dutch twist :)
MUNPlanet: “Never accept drop from a grinning Dutch person” is this a real danger or foreigners simply do not know what a good candy is?
Drop happens to be the best Dutch candy ever! But then again, it is a large city with all sorts of people in it, so we’ll just go with this rule: never accept candy from strangers and you are good to go!