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Each year, a Model EU Simulation (MEU) series enables students in the European Union Policy Studies graduate program to develop skills of policy analysis, negotiation, team-building, and cross-cultural communication as they simulate several multilateral decision making processes between EU political parties, members of parliament and government representatives. The MEU simulation series is co-sponsored by the University of Florence's (UNIFI's) Department of Social and Political Sciences. JMU and UNIFI students work in teams throughout the academic year as part of an academic and cultural exchange. The preparation includes periodic workshops with EU practitioners Silvio Gonzato and Alexandre Stutzmann, where students learn about the day-to-day workings of the EU's most important institutions and step into the shoes of EU decision makers.

Students' cooperation reaches a pinnacle in the summer semester during the final Council of the European Union simulation, where teams representing ministers from EU member states negotiate solutions to the most controversial policy dilemmas of the day. This experience allows students to truly comprehend the inner workings of the European political system, as they work on actual EU legislative materials, under the guidance of a dedicated team of high level EU professionals.

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