• Cross-cultural Teams
  • Debating Relevant Issues
  • Professional Oversight
  • Villa Salviati
  • Academic Milestone
Past Simulation Topics

2017-2019: Crimea, EU-Russia relations, Libya, Syria, Venezuela
2016: Migratory Crisis, Syria and ISIL/Da'esh, Egypt, EU-Belarus Relations
2015: Refugee crisis, Yemen, EU dialogue with Cuba
2014: Eastern Partnership, Southern Neighbourhood, Africa relationship
2013: Enlargement, Serbia, Ukraine, Syria
2012: Southern Neighbourhood
2011: EU Commission directive on quality of bathing waters
2010: Climate change and promotion of renewable energy
2009: Action Plan on energy efficiency

Each year, a Model EU Simulation (MEU) series enables students in the European Union Policy Studies graduate program to develop skills of policy analysis, diplomacy, 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 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 towards the end of the spring 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 academics and EU professionals.

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