Outreach and Civic Engagement

Youth Leadership Simulation Models

LAU runs renowned international diplomacy programs for middle school students and high school students. These programs aim to build the next generation of global citizens, bridge the gaps between students who collaborate toward achieving the same goals, and activate their curiosity to learn about pressing world issues.  Through these programs, students develop their leadership, research, writing, public speaking, problem solving, and negotiation skills. The outreach since 2004:

30 capitals

300 schools

15,580 LAU beneficiaries

56,804community beneficiaries

In simulation programs, you learn how international diplomacy works.
For a few months, you come to LAU to get training in research and interpretation, rules of procedure, writing position papers, public speaking, role playing, conflict resolution, negotiations, caucusing, and more.
You’ll have fun and learn about procedures, institutions, functions, human rights, and inter-cultural dialogues.
It ends with a big conference where you take the role of an ambassador from a country and get involved in a current issue or situation.
Pick from the below list the model you want to participate in.

Our Flagship Programs

GC International Model United Nations (GCI MUN)

Global Classrooms (GC) Model UN is a flagship program of LAU, launched in 2005. While having been operated by the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), the year 2016 ushered in a new era as LAU, a partner of the UNA-USA, took over the management of the GC International conferences in New York.

In a Nutshell

  • Two international conferences for middle and high school students every spring semester
  • Closing ceremonies at the UN Headquarters’ General Assembly Hall in New York City
  • English is the language of instruction.
  • 4 training sessions
  • 16,000 student-delegates from 250 schools 
  • 400 student secretariat
  • 20 countries

Learn more about the LAU GCI MUN

Global Classroom LAU MUN (GC LAU MUN)

Running at LAU since 2005, the aim of the GC LAU Model United Nations is to increase students’ knowledge of UN procedural rules, improve their ability to research and write position papers, and engage them in public speaking, role playing, conflict resolution, negotiation, and caucusing, among other skills.

In a Nutshell

  • 5 training sessions for students to become delegates
  • Delegates are divided to take part in UN Committee Simulations, over a two-day conference
  • English is the language of instruction
  • 39,505 student-delegates from 200
  • 2,050 student secretariat

Learn more about the GC LAU MUN

LAU Model Arab League (MAL)

Running at LAU since 2011 in partnership with National Council on US Arab Relations (NCUSAR) and Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development (HFSHD), MAL engages students from various religious and political backgrounds in Lebanon in social, political, and economic discussions that have and continue to define the future of the Arab World’s 22 member states. Student delegates work to achieve consensus on questions that diplomats face every day. They debate, form coalitions, draft and pass resolutions that seek to resolve some of the most pressing challenges that face Arab countries. 

In a Nutshell

  • Two day conference every spring semester
  • 5 training sessions for students to become delegates.
  • Arabic and English are the languages of instruction.
  • 5,400 student-delegates from 112 schools 
  • 800 student secretariat

Learn more about the LAU MAL

LAU Model European Union (MEU)

Running at LAU since 2015 in partnership with the Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development (HFSHD), and in cooperation with the Bringing Europeans Together Association (BETA Europe), MEU challenges school students to leverage their diversity for the greater good – following the model of EU member states. They learn the art of coalition building, negotiation and public speaking. They develop diplomatic skills and extend their knowledge on history and procedures of the EU.

In a Nutshell

  • Two day conference every spring semester
  • 5 training sessions for students to become delegates.
  • Arabic and English are the languages of instruction.
  • 1,300 student-delegates from 70 schools 
  • 300 student secretariat

Learn more about the LAU MEU

LAU Model African Union (LAU MAU)

Launched at LAU in 2019. High school students take on the role of African leaders, and work hand-in-hand to discuss and debate pertinent issues that directly influence the continent. 

In a Nutshell

  • Two-day conference every spring semester
  • 5 training sessions for students to become delegates.
  • French and English are the languages of instruction.
  • 300 student-delegates from 40 schools 
  • 60 student secretariat

Learn more about the LAU MAU

LAU Model Good Governance (LAU MGG)

Launched at LAU in 2020. It aims to present a new challenge to Lebanese high school students in simulating international organizations tackling aspects of good governance. Participants will be able to simulate international organizations coming from 7 sectors distributed across 7 summits:

  • Economy
  • Education
  • Election/Human Rights
  • Emergencies/Health
  • Environment
  • Refugees/Displacement
  • Youth Leadership

Participants will attend 5 training sessions and a 2-day final conference.

Learn more about the LAU MGG