The Association Model African Union Bayreuth e.V.
The association Model African Union Bayreuth e.V. organizes and hosts an annual MAU conference with well-grounded content regarding and fascinating debates. Apart from that we arrange cultural and educational events throughout the year.
The Africa focus of the University of Bayreuth offers an especially rich background for the MAU Bayreuth: Several Africa focused courses of studies, a large number of students and PhD candidates with African origin, a library equipped with numerous scientific publications concerning Africa and many Africa focused research projects. Additionally, the municipality of Bayreuth offers regular cultural events with regard to Africa, for instance the annual Africa Film Festival in the Cineplex cinema or the diversified events in the areas of African art, music and culture in the Iwalewahaus Bayreuth. Because of that diverse and supportive environment Bayreuth is the ideal location for the First German Model African Union.
As we still are a newly established association we just recently started to develop cooperation with potential partners. So far, we are supported by the University of Bayreuth, the student parliament and the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies.
Structure and Aims
Founded in February 2015, the MAU Bayreuth held its first elections in May 2015, and from that point, started to specify the labour division within the association as well as to develop stable structures. As a result of raising interest the number of members increased exponentially since the foundation of the association.
On the democratic level our association includes three bodies: The General Assembly, the Management Board and the Departments. The General Assembly consist of all members with the right to vote. It votes the Management Board and approves it into office. The Management Board functions as a managing body. It consists of two Presidents, two Secretaries and a Treasurer. The Departments assist the Management Board executing different projects. There are Departments for education, culture and fundraising and cash management.
One purpose of our association is to host an annual MAU conference at the University of Bayreuth. Additionally, we would like to share our experiences and introduce MAU at other German Universities. Furthermore, we would like to reduce stereotypes and prejudices on Africans and African politics. Therefore, we offer educational events with variating topics.
Beside the conference and its organization, we have various events. First of all we have General Meetings, in which we discuss organizational and for the association important issues, additionally we have Content Meetings. In these we have discussions and lectures concerning Africa. We are interested in all cultural areas, not only in politics and economy but also in language, diaspora, environment, the people and a lot more.
From time to time we have bigger events, like African Dinners, African Dance Nights, Movie Nights, workshops or lectures. Everything organized by ourselves. So everyone is free to participate in the events he is interested in or even organize them.
Last year we even went an excursion to Brussels and visited the European External Actions Service, an institution of the EU supporting foreign affairs.
Joining the association
Our association is open to everyone (not only students) who is interested in Africa or would like to attain a deeper picture of the continent and its challenges. Do not feel deterred to join us because the majority of our members are students – everyone is welcome.
How can I become a part of MAU Bayreuth?
Interested persons can take part in our activities on a punctually or continuous basis. In particular we are seeking for people who are interested in Africa and want to get in touch with people from different backgrounds, studies, countries.
To join MAU previous knowledge is not required: Through participating in the association one acquires organizational, teamwork and content regarding capacities. Nevertheless, you are welcome to share your experience from various areas.
How often do you meet? And how one can join?
During the session we have regular Content Meetings twice a month and irregular General Meetings. For those who are interested in organizing the conference, there are extra Secretariat Meetings. You can decide which meetings you are interested in and join them.
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