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The Regional Academy on the United Nations (RAUN) was launched in January 2012 in Vienna, Austria. RAUN was established by the Academic Council on United Nations System (ACUNS) in close collaboration with United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna, the Comprehensive Test- Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), Czech United Nations Association, and partner universities – University of Economics Prague, University of Szeged. Other partner universities include University of Vienna, Diplomatic Academy Vienna, Webster University Vienna, Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade in Serbia, and the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences of Comenius University in Slovakia.

“The Regional Academy on the United Nations is a valuable multicultural educational initiative to train an emerging generation of young scholars in issues of importance to the United Nations. With its program of meetings in several countries, and its flexible multi-national teams of students working together to address challenges for global governance, the Regional Academy offers a model of how to encourage collective solutions to world problems. I congratulate the founders and the participants of the RAUN for their efforts. I hope to see many of them taking on important roles for international cooperation in their future careers.”

– Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary General

The  program is open for Masters, and PhD students from academic fields related to international affairs such as international relations, law, economics, environment, international development, and related fields.

RAUN gives participants a unique opportunity to develop their academic research writing in English and learn firsthand about the work and values of the United Nations through practical lectures and workshops on current issues conducted by experts and high level UN and government officials. Participants are also able, through group work and social activities, to create strong networks with their like-minded peers and experts from various fields in an environment that fosters diversity, tolerance, cultural learning and understanding. For detailed information see the file below. You can also contact us at [email protected]

RAUN Documents

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