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    2019 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition Largest, Most Successful Yet!

    The 2019 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition took place on February 23rd, 2019. This year we welcomed a total of 565 Student Competitors from 147 universities to 11 host sites around the globe.

    Over 70 nationalities were represented among the competitors, who formed 116 teams as they vied for the top prize of $5,000. The competition, a joint venture between NASPAA and UVA’s Batten School, centered around the Host Nations simulation, developed specially for the competition by the Center for Leadership Simulation & Gaming.

    Competitors arrive at American University in Cairo, Egypt

    This simulation placed participants in government leadership roles (such as Prime Minister or Minister of Labor) while their country experienced a massive influx of migrants. Teams were presented with a wide range of policy options to manage the crisis–they could close their borders, for example, or they could opt to offer vocational training to the new arrivals. Each game world contained four teams, and the decisions of each team affected not only their own country but their neighbors.

    “Migration is a global issue,” said CLSG Director Noah Myung, “so we hoped to get participants to think of our world as one connected system and avoid thinking of policymaking in a vacuum. While teams were competing against each other, success for any one team required coordination with the others.”

    The Batten School’s team during competition at Georgetown University

    After a short introductory video, participants played a short “Practice Game” to gain some familiarity with the simulation interface before competitive play. They then played through one four-round game and one five-round game, a total of over five hours of simulation experience. Participants then created policy memos and presentations for the site judges. The teams with the best sim scores at each site were chosen to present before a panel of experts, who selected a regional winner from each site.

    “The Host Nations Simulation challenged many of my presuppositions about refugee policy,” said Raleigh Sims (Batten MPP ’19). “I learned to appreciate the complexities of migrant movement, but more so, I gained first-hand experience on how different country’s policies truly affect their neighboring countries.”

    Competition underway at the Korean Development Institute

    The CLSG began development on Host Nations in June of 2018. Utilizing systems dynamics modeling and extensive background data, CLSG built this Participatory Simulation in Public Policy to help educate our students in timely and sensitive issue. We incorporated data and concepts from real-world countries and events, read through piles of academic studies, and talked with over a dozen experts in migration and refugee policy. This year’s sim also incorporated an emphasis on international cooperation, requiring new, more complicated elements to be incorporated into the game.

    After extensive testing, we were ready for game day.

    Memo and presentation pre at UT Austin

    CLSG personnel were dispatched to assist competition sites at the University of Michigan, UT Austin, Georgetown University, and Rutgers University. Back at UVA, the CLSG provided nearly 36 hours of technical support.

    We wish to thank the 30 site and simulation leaders and 45 expert site judges who ran the competition at our six US and five international sites. It was a huge effort.!

    The CLSG expects to release a classroom-ready version of Host Nations classroom-ready by June 30th.

    Congratulations to the regional winners below! And special congratulations to our winners, the team from Villanova University!

    CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIÓN Y DOCENCIA ECONÓMICAS DIVISIÓN DE ADMINISTRACIÓN PÚBLICA COMPETITION SITE

    Mexico City, Mexico

    Team Members: Cristiano Gregis (Fundação Getúlio Vargas Brazil), Isabella Silva Di Jorge Portella Valderrama (Fundação Getúlio Vargas Brazil), Raquel Pereira Guimarães (Fundação Getúlio Vargas Brazil), Ana Valeria Guemez Graniel (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas), Karina Elizabeth López Cortés (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas)

    GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY — MCCOURT SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY COMPETITION SITE

    Washington, D.C.

    Team Members: Colin Karnes (Georgia Southern University), Austin Hinkley (Georgia Southern University), Gina Pate (Georgia Southern University), Elizabeth Anderson (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill), Grace Frances (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill)

    KDI SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY AND MANAGEMENT COMPETITION SITE

    Sejong, Republic of Korea

    Team Members: Abshir Yonis Muse (KDI School of Public Policy and Management), Yulduz Sherxanova (KDI School of Public Policy and Management), Min-Kyu Hwang (KDI School of Public Policy and Management), Boke Aime Arnauld Toama (KDI School of Public Policy and Management), Mohammad Arif Rezwani (KDI School of Public Policy and Management)

    NORTH SOUTH UNIVERSITY — SOUTH ASIAN INSTITUTE OF POLICY AND GOVERNANCE (SIPG) COMPETITION SITE

    Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Team Members: Mostafa Ferdous Hassan (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh), Wasseq Billah (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh), Md. Robiul Islam (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh), Mariya Marjuka (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh), Sayma Rahaman (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh).


    RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, NEWARK SCHOOL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION & RUTGERS GRADUATE SCHOOL DIVISION OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS 
    COMPETITION SITE

    Newark, New Jersey

    Team Members: Rebecca Masse (SUNY Buffalo State College), Alexander DeSha (SUNY Buffalo State College), Antonio Regulier (SUNY Buffalo State College), Katherine Malik-Willard (SUNY Buffalo State College), Nikia Brown (SUNY Buffalo State College)
    Team Members: Eva Iveroth (Columbia University), Cecilie Kern (Columbia University), André Luu (Columbia University), Conor McGuire (Columbia University), Zulpha Styer (Columbia University)

    THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO—SCHOOL OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS AND PUBLIC POLICY COMPETITION SITE

    Cairo, Egypt

    Team Members: Ridhi Varma (National Law School of India University), Swathi Krishnamoorthy (National Law School of India University), Kshitjj Singh (National Law School of India University), Misha Singh (National Law School of India University), Sandip Sahoo (National Law School of India University)
    Team members: Olina Krystel (American University of Beirut), Suheir Lubada (Al-Quds University), Fatima Al Hossani (Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government), Carol Stephan (School of Public Policy, Central European University)

    THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN — LYNDON B. JOHNSON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMPETITION SITE

    The University of Texas at Austin

    Team Members: Matt Smith (University of Texas at Austin), Abby Attia (University of Texas at Austin), Megan Maldonado (University of Texas at Austin), Michelle Rueda (University of Texas at Austin), Cara Pavlak (University of Texas at Austin)

    THE UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY — MERIT & THE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY AT CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY (BUDAPEST, HUNGARY) COMPETITION SITE

    Maastricht, the Netherlands

    Team Members: Philip Seijger (Delft University of Technology), Irene van Droffelaar (Delft University of Technology), Laura Crowley (Delft University of Technology), Erik Pronk (Delft University of Technology, Jason Wang (Delft University of Technology)

    UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN—GERALD R. FORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY COMPETITION SITE

    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Team Members: Victoria Coykendall (Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs), Nic Weinard (Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs), Willow Waling (Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs), Jameson Marsh (Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs), Shreya Paul (Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs)

    UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO—MASAGUNG GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT COMPETITION SITE

    San Francisco, California

    Team Members: Alyssa Clark (Brigham Young University), Tyler Bennett (University of La Verne), Erin Kanzig (Oregon State University), Kayleigh Peterman (University of Oregon)

    VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES COMPETITION SITE

    Villanova, Pennsylvania

    Team Members: Nicholas Valla (Villanova University), Morgana Falabella (Villanova University), Tolulope Omadara (Villanova University), Tyler Walls (Villanova University), Fatima Rezaei (Villanova University)