ICONS Project of the University of Maryland (USA)

ICONS Project of the University of Maryland (USA)

On December 9, 2017, three faculty members, a PhD student, 10 Masters students (European Studies, FRISPA, MSU), and 25 undergraduates from 3 programs and 2 universities (14 from MSU, FRISPA; 5 from MSU, Faculty of Foreign Languages; and 6 from IRIM) joined together for an international crisis negotiation role-play simulation created by the ICONS Project of the University of Maryland (USA).  This online simulation featured 5 teams of students playing the roles of Latvia, the EU, the US, Russia, and a fictional Russian minority organization in Latvia.  Their task was to negotiate a peaceful solution to a crisis event in Latvia that threatened to draw global powers into conflict and unleash violent unrest in the Baltic state.  After 3 intense hours, the students successfully arrived at a peaceful resolution to the crisis, and participated in a debrief with Professor Stacy J. Kosko, a Fulbright scholar from the University of Maryland who organized the event.

For the first time in Moldova, Centre for  Law Skills Training has been opened.

For the first time in Moldova, Centre for  Law Skills Training has been opened.

For the first time, in the Republic of Moldova’ higher education, the Institute of International Relations of Moldova opened the Center for Law Skills Training. The event was attended by remarkable personalities from Law sphere. Due to this training center, which is unique in its kind, students from the IRIM will have the possibilty to go from the course room directly  into the courtroom in order to test their knowledge and gain some experience at the IRIM. During this inauguration the first simulation took place where students assumed the roles of judge, attorney, clerk, plaintiff, defendant and witnesses. Students’ performance was highly appreciated by the guests.

Club of Future Economists – Erudit-Café

Club of Future Economists – Erudit-Café

Ensuring high quality education and moulding high standard professionals require a long way; thus, the IRIM during 13 years of its work focused on quality, depth and essence and succeeded to prepare specialists of high professional quality, capable of efficient political, diplomatic, economic and communicative activity on the national and international arena.

In order to integrate young economists into the present informational society and the economy based on knowledge, the Faculty of World Economy and International Economic Relations educates and trains students in the spirit of modern concepts that are specific ones, thanks to market economy. A relevant example of participative training for students from the faculty is ‘The Club of Future Economists’ which appeared on the 21st of February in 2013 being guided by the superior lecturer Natalia Antoci.

The goal of the club is development of  the skills of critical reading, rhetoric and reasoning  for further improvement of linguistic competence, formation of tolerant attitude to pluralism of opinions, economic culture, values of economic and political freedom and entrepreneurial spirit which are the prerequisites of economic and social progress.

Students display a great interest in being actively engaged in the debates.

Members of  ‘The Club of the Future Economists’ took part in the intellectual game ‘Erudit-Café’  – a TV show featured by The Moldovan Club of Intellectual Games in cooperation with the TV channel Moldova 1.



The State Institute of International Relations of Moldova (IRIM) organizes the annual simulation of the United Nations sittings. The UN model is a conference based on intellectual game theory during which students simulate the activity of the UN.

The UN Model participants are students playing the role of delegates and observers, the official representatives of UN member countries who are invited to the conference to discuss the issues that are on the committee’s agenda.
In the UN Model sitting, the delegates expose an official position of the state they represent. Drafting the resolution is the last phase of the proceedings; the final document is worked out only if the interests of all the member-countries are taken into account on the principle of compromise.

It is noteworthy that the UN Model simulation sessions are carried out in the languages of international communication, namely, English and French. In this context, the participants are the students with a good command of these languages of intercultural communication.

Simulation of the UN Security Council meetings aims at educating and training the young generation in the spirit of democratic values, tolerance, trust and understanding between peoples; as a result it allows any problem to be solved by negotiating.

Simulation of the UN Security Council meetings also contributes to acquainting with the rules of procedure which determines the activity of this high international forum; it helps to identify the issues that constitute the agenda of the UN Security Council and to elucidate the positions of key UN members.

In recent years, during the UN Model, issues of global concern have been discussed,  and their solutions have been discussed.  Under the discussion there were many issues on complicated international political topics, including:

  • struggle against human trafficking,
  • struggle against poverty in underdeveloped countries,
  • global problems of sustained development,
  • measures for ensuring the stability and security in Libya,
  • migration management and assistance to refugees from conflict zones , etc.

In this context, students from the IRIM simulated the activity of UN member states, including the Republic of Moldova, representing the position in the topics to be discussed.
In the annual meeting of the UN Model-IRIM representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Ministry of Education, members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Moldova, representatives of international organizations, non-governmental structures, experts, students , master and PhD students are widely involved.

The UN extracurricular project is to complement curricular courses in International Relations and International Law  and to bring together the efforts of teachers/propfessors and students in order to actively implement the knowledge and skills in shaping domestic policy and external perspectives.

The IRIM is the only university in Moldova which annually organizes this intellectual UN Model that provides students of international relations, political science, law and language specialties with additional opportunities to advance their knowledge and develop practical skills in diplomacy, law and international relations.

The conclusions from the discussions are included in the final resolution and addressed to the public authorities in the Republic of Moldova. The annual event is covered by several television channels, such as the Jurnal TV, TV7, CTC, REN TV, and TV Accent.

Students with the best annual performance are awarded by diplomas with honors, the UN Model –IRIM ones.