Don’t miss your opportunity to join Webster’s Model United Nations conference this fall in Palais Wenkheim Webster will host the first edition of Webster University Model United Nations, WebMUN 2014, with the theme of “Energy issues of the 21st century”. The conference will take place from October 18 to 21 in the new Webster campus, located in the handsome Palais Wenkheim in the heart of Vienna. As part of Model UN, students participate in simulated conferences as country delegates, drafting resolutions and working together to solve crises and world issues. Model UN helps participants develop research, public speaking, debating, writing, teamwork, critical thinking and leadership skills.
Dr. Alexander Evans, a coordinator of United Nations Al-Qaida / Taliban Monitoring Team gave a lecture on June 2, 2014 on "The evolving threat of Al-Qaida and affiliates". Before being appointed by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as a member of the UN Security Council expert team, Dr. Evans served as the U.S. and British diplomat and also worked as a senior fellow at Yale's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress and led an Asia Society review of U.S. South Asia policy.
Another lecture in the “Energy Talks” series took place on March 31 at the Amerika Haus. The lecture, “The Future of Fracking and Unconventional Gas And Oil Resources” was held by Lee A. Brudvig of US Embassy in Vienna and was moderated by Dr. Samuel Schubert, Head of the International Relations Department of Webster University.
A huge congratulation is due to the Webster University Model United Nations team for its extremely successful performance at its first international Model UN conference, MEDMUN in Menton, France! Our Model UN team sent 17 students to participate and compete against students from other prestigious participating universities—such as SciencesPo, LSE, Princeton, MIT and Cambridge —and came out as champions. Webster students received the second-highest number of awards of all participating universities, only coming after Colgate University, and two of our students received the Best Delegate a
Walter Boltz, Director of e-control and deputy chairman of the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, gave a lecture on the “Future of the European Gas Market” at the European Union House on the 27th of February, 2014.
The International Relations Student Union hosted His Excellecy Ayoob Erfani, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Austria, for a guest lecture on March 5, 2014. The well-attended lecture, "The Transformation of Afghanistan: The role of the International Community" highlighted the improvements that have take place in recent years in Afghanistan, particularly in security, education and women's rights. However, the Ambassador stressed the need for further improvements and the obligation of the international community to help. In addition, the ambassador announced that the e
The Webster Model UN team held its first practice simulation in preparation for upcoming conferences in France and Romania.
The students in the MUN team enacted a hypothetical Security Council meeting on Thursday, February 13th. The simulated council meeting was held in response to the news that the the Islamic Republic of Iran violated the recent Geneva Interim Agreement and was in the possession of highly enriched uranium and had the capability to build a nuclear bomb within two weeks. The students played their roles with enthusiasm and everyone enjoyed the simulation.
by Director K.D. Borchardt Director of the DG Energy of the European Commission
Webster’s lecture series on Energy Security started on 28 January 2014 with a highly successful opening lecture by Dir. Borchardt from the European Comission. The event, which was organised by Webster in cooperation with the Institute for Advanced Studies and the Diplomatic Academy, took place in the House of the European Union in Vienna. Around 80 people – a mixture of students, experts and general public attended the lecture and participated in a lively debate afterwards.