Meet students travelling to the US

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Students at the Model Nato Conference in February

Undergraduate and postgraduate students from the School of Government and Society will be travelling to the US in February to take part in Model NATO and Model UN conferences to be held in Washington DC and Boston, respectively. The students will be accompanied by senior academic staff from the School, and over the last few years regionally based alumni have braved the East Coast’s notorious February weather conditions (including a Valentine’s Day blizzard in 2014!) to network with the students during their visit.

The Harvard National Model United Nations Conference in Boston is the largest, oldest, and most prestigious conference of its kind and brings more than 3,000 students and faculty together from colleges and universities around the world to simulate the activities of the United Nations.

The International Model NATO conference offers students an opportunity to participate in a simulation of the proceedings of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Both conferences provide unique opportunities to study the roles and activities of these two organisations as well as the complicated global issues they confront. Last year several of the Model UN students also took a trip to New York City to tour UN Headquarters and met up with alumni living and working in the city. Once back in Birmingham they held a Skype call with an alumnus working in the UN. Read more about their trip.

This year the conferences will be held during the second week of February 2016, and we are already making plans to hold informal networking receptions for alumni, students and academics. If you will be in the Washington DC or Boston areas during this time and are interested in attending the events or meeting with students, please get in touch. This is a great opportunity to pass on careers advice to students, to show them the different options open to them, to meet other alumni in the area and to find out the latest from the University of Birmingham.

For more information or to register your interest please email socscialumni@contacts.bham.ac.uk