Model European Union Simulations

2019 Simulation Team

UB’s delegation to the Model European Union simulation held at the University of Pittsburgh, 2019 (photo courtesy of Collin Anderson, faculty advisor).

UB’s delegation to the Model European Union simulation held at the University of Pittsburgh, 2019 (photo courtesy of Collin Anderson, faculty advisor)

2020 Simulation Team

UB’s Delegation n the European Parliament, Brussels.

UB’s Delegation n the European Parliament, Brussels

UB’s delegation standing outside the EU headquarters, Brussels.

UB’s delegation outside the EU headquarters, Brussels

In January 2020, 15 UB students were led by Professor Michelle Benson and Political Science graduate student Constantinos Landis for a winter-break trip to Belgium to participate in in an inter-university Model European Union Simulation. Over a dozen universities from across the US and Europe brought teams to Vesalius University in Brussels to participate in the simulation EU Council meeting. Students spent the prior semester learning about their countries, preparing agenda item proposals, and developing strategies to work with other students representing their countries. While in Brussels, UB students visited the EU Museum, visited the European Parliament, and also learned about Belgian food and culture. UB students were excellent representatives of their chosen EU countries and were among the best prepared of the entire simulation. In the fall, the Political Science department will be offering a new 1-credit Model EU simulation preparation course to prepare students for the upcoming 2022 Global SUNY Model EU Simulation in Brussels. Also, for the first time, students will have the opportunity to use the simulation as part of a UB study-abroad experience.