Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the African Union?

The African Union is an intergovernmental organization, established in 2002, to promote unity and solidarity among African states, to spur economic development and to improve the livelihoods of the African people. It also promotes international cooperation while defending African common positions on issues of interest to the continent and its people. The AU is comprised of 55 member states with its headquarters in Addis Ababa. The AU hosts annual summits of all key policy making organs of the union to discuss the summit agenda shaped by key issues facing the continent and the desire to promote a peaceful and sustainable Africa. 
 

Q: What is Model African Union?

MAU is a simulation of the African Union (AU), bringing together high school and college students to take on the roles of African leaders working to tackle issues affecting or influencing the continent today.

Q: What Topics are discussed at Model African Union?

Topics from previous simulations include:

  • Peace and Security
  • Women, Gender, and Development
  • Youth Unemployment
  • Rural Economy and Agriculture
  • Civil Society

Q: What is the role of a Model African Union faculty advisor?

The faculty advisor is a teacher who takes responsibility for students when the team attends a Model AU conference. Usually the faculty advisor should be fully committed to Model African Union, but he or she does not need prior experience. This person should be able to assist students with their research, serve as a coach during the conference and assist with all of the logistics of attending a conference.

Q: How should I prepare for my Model AU conference?

Researching is the first and most important step in preparing for a conference. Not only is it necessary to have a grasp on information about the country you are representing and its position on the policies being discussed, it is also important to understand the AU body that your committee is representing.

Q: What is the role of the MAU moderator or chair?

A member chairing the committee that moderates debate, keeps time, rules on points and motions, and enforces the rules of procedure. Also known as a Moderator.

Q: What are committees?

A committee is made up of a group of students appointed to focus on a specific topic. For example, the committee on Peace and Security.

Q: What is a resolution and how do I write one?

A resolution is a document that has been passed by a committee that aims to address a particular issue. During a committee session, resolutions are essential to promote debate and create solutions to issues that are being discussed. Resolutions not only acknowledge the issues that are being debated, but also present a series of steps that can be taken resolve the conflict. Writing resolutions can be challenging since they must appeal to a broad range of members with differing concerns if they are going to be successfully passed.

Q: Is there a size limit for delegates?

A single school delegation consists of six students and one educator, while a double school delegation consists of ten students and two educators. A school will be permitted to register a maximum of a double delegation and five independent delegates (total of 15 students and two educators per school).

Q: What should I wear during the conference?

Business- Casual attire, or international standard business attire, serves as customary dress for the simulations.

Q: What are the benefits of participating in MAU?

  • Improved debating skills
  • Improved research skills
  • Improved awareness of African issues
  • Improved skills in teamwork and leadership
  • Resolution writing
  • Global competence
  • Field trip to the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Improved global competence skills
  • Stand out on college applications.
  • Make new friends!

Q: How can I get involved in the MAU?