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MEDIA CONTACT: Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu


FAU Diplomacy Students Win Top Honors in International Competition


BOCA RATON, FL (May 1, 2011) –Florida Atlantic University’s Diplomacy Program won the Outstanding Delegation Award, the top honor, at the Model United Nations competition held in New York City in April.  The five-day event included more than 6,000 students from 300 universities from all over the world.  This is the fifth consecutive award for FAU students; however, it is the university’s first Outstanding Delegation Award. 
            In May, FAU will compete in the European Model United Nations simulation in Maastricht, Netherlands. S tudents from all over the world will simulate the United Nations and other prominent platforms of world politics such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union. In 2010, the event attracted 540 students from 52 countries.Also, in July, the Diplomacy Program will send a student to Sarajevo, Bosnia, to participate in a three-week human rights and political reconciliation training program.
            Established in 1996, and housed in the department of political science in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the Diplomacy Program trains undergraduate students in the art of negotiation, public speaking, debate and conflict resolution.  All 29 2011 Diplomacy Program students are recipients of scholarships made possible by the generous support of members of the South Florida community.
            For more information about the Diplomacy Program, visit www.fau.edu/diplomacy or contact the department of political science at 561-297-3210.


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Florida Atlantic University , established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges : the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science . FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu .

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