Regional Academy on the United Nations (RAUN)

The Regional Academy on the United Nations (RAUN) is an international and multi-disciplinary program which trains students and young scholars in issues related to the United Nations and international cooperation. RAUN’s aim is to provide participants with in-depth knowledge and resources about the UN and their functions, to raise their cultural awareness and openness, and to offer a forum for networking and academic exchange. Since its creation in 2012, RAUN has trained over 170 young scholars from more than 25 countries.

The Academy follows a unique format combining lectures and interactive workshops with practical hands-on-experiences. The program consists of three sessions per academic year (May until January), which take place in different participating countries (Slovakia, Czech Republic, and Austria). All courses are given by high-ranking experts and practitioners who share their rich experience with participants in an informal setting.

Apart from the course-work during the sessions, participants work on research projects in cooperation with different UN agencies and other international organizations on topics of global relevance, such as peace and security, international development, human rights, environmental issues, and the United Nations in the 21st century. Through their group work, participants are able to develop their academic research skills and to form strong networks with like-minded peers, academics, and experts from various fields in an environment that fosters diversity, tolerance, cultural learning, and understanding. During the program, participants get the opportunity to visit UN institutions in Vienna as well as Permanent Missions and Embassies in other countries. The results of the research projects will be presented during the final RAUN session at the UN Headquarters in Vienna in January 2018. At the end of the program, participants receive certificates of successful completion of the Academy.

Contact and application

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