Twelve students from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania will travel to Enschede, the Netherlands, from January 3-7 and will join 155 other students from 20 universities in Europe and the United States for political role-playing at its highest level. The International European Union Simulation (Eurosim), is a rigorous, four-day exercise that strives to enhance knowledge of the European Union (EU), international law, diplomatic protocol and diplomatic procedures by negotiating real problems and issues presented to the delegates. The 2014 simulation is at University of Twente.
Leah Majdic, a sophomore majoring in political science from Mountaintop, is part of the group traveling to the Netherlands
The annual Eurosim program includes 25 hours of meetings that run from early morning to late evening. Students assume the role of a real policy maker, such as the head of government or a minister, and extensively research policy issues and negotiation strategies before the simulation. They write position papers and strategy papers, and then apply their knowledge and negotiating skills in negotiations with other “countries,” which are represented by other schools. Participants attend committees that mirror their real EU counterparts and feature intense discussions, debates and negotiations.
“The simulation is designed to enhance the students’ understanding of Europe and international politics, legal challenges and the art of negotiations, while sowing seeds of transatlantic understanding and friendship among participants,” said Leif Johan Eliasson, Ph. D., associate professor of political science and the American co-director of the Transatlantic Consortium for European Union Studies and Simulations. “Learning about the world’s largest economic and political union of states is crucial to the exercise. Advanced degree programs and professional settings, from the military, government and multinational corporations recognize the utility of simulations to enhance students’, practitioners’ or employees’ understanding of particular issues and crises. They work to build a sense of preparedness and capability.”
Eurosim has been held for 26 consecutive years and has alternated between American and European venues. In April, ESU hosted the event, and with 190 students and faculty members from 18 universities on campus, it was the largest and most diverse gathering of students and faculty in the history of the university.
It is organized by the Transatlantic Consortium of European Union Studies and Simulations (TACEUSS), a non-profit corporation comprised of colleges and universities both in Europe and North America.