Model European Union: Brussels, Belgium, January 7-11, 2014

Ithaca College participates actively in the simulation of the European Council Summit, sponsored every year by the State University of New York at New Paltz. In odd years, the simulation is held in New York State. In even years the event is hosted by a European University.

In 2014 the event will be hosted by Vesalius College in Brussels, Belgium. This is a wonderful opportunity to "do the EU" in its own home city. To take advantage of the location, we will visit the European Parliament and Council on Wednesday Jan. 8, and there will be an optional tour of medieval Bruges on Sunday, Jan. 12, after the end of the simulation. Interested students may also stay for a week-long study visit (see below).

Each MEU team has four members. This coming Fall, IC will be assigned one of the 28 EU member countries, and the four students will adopt the roles of the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Finance Minister and the Permanent Representative to the EU (COREPER). Any additional students may play roles with other college teams, or may be assigned to the press corps.

Before the event, each member of the team submits agenda items that he or she would like to address in committee. A few weeks before the event, the agenda is published and we get to work to develop our nation's positions

The simulation opens with a dinner on Thursday, followed by short meetings to fine-tune the agenda. Full sessions are held Friday and Saturday, in the morning and in the afternoon. Each session is followed by a press conference to announce the conclusions of the preceding meetings.

The press corps publishes the SUNY MEUs every day of the conference, with pictures, profiles and articles on what is happening at the summit.

 

Preparation and course credit

Students may earn one credit for participating in this simulation. Requirements include active attendance and participation in the preparatory meetings, submission of a proposed agenda item, active participation at the summit, and a written summary of what happened (minimum of 5 pages).

The team will prepare by meeting weekly during the Block II period of Fall, 2013.

Interested students should contact Juan M. Arroyo, Dept. of Politics, Muller 316; jarroyo@ithaca.edu.

 

Study trip, January 7-18, 2014

Whenever the simulation is held in Europe, there is also the option of participating in a week-long study visit in the host country following the MEU. In January of 2014 the event will be hosted by Vesalius College in Brussels, Belgium, home of the European Union. Following the simulation, we will visit a number of organizations and institutions to learn how immigration and environmental protection are handled by the many different levels of government in one country.

The course will meet during Block II in the Fall of 2013. This part will count for 2 credits. The actual study trip will count for an additional 1-credit. Ideally, students will participate in both Model EU and the study visit.

See the separate section on the right for more information on the course. Interested students should contact Juan M. Arroyo, Dept. of Politics, Muller 316; jarroyo@ithaca.edu.

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