The Model European Union is an annual event for undergraduate students. The goal of the Model EU simulation is to give undergraduate students the opportunity to learn about the European Union through a dynamic simulation. Playing the roles of presidents; prime ministers; Herman Van Rompuy, President of the Council of the European Union; Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission; and foreign ministers, students spend a Friday and Saturday engaged in intense negotiations over conflicting visions of the EU and its future. The objective is to simulate a specific recent Council of the European Union meeting. Model EU is not just a recent historical simulation that replicates the outcome of the actual event; rather, students are encouraged to devise possible alternative solutions based on the initial conditions and constraints present in the historical Council of the EU meeting
The Model European Union is sponsored by the European Union Center of Excellence and European Studies Center. Active participating institutons include Washington and Jefferson College (faculty advisor: Robert Dodge, Professor of History), the University of Pittsburgh at Greeneburg, and University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Other participating institutions have included Bowling Green States University, Centenary College, East Stroudsburg University, Georgia Tech, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, John Carroll University, Kent State University, Slippery Rock University, Syracuse University, University of Oklahoma, University of Florida, and University of Washington.
The twefth annual Model EU for undergraduates took place February 17-18, 2012 on the campus of Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania
The thirteenth annual Model EU for undergraduates will take place February 15-16, 2013 on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.
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