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2019 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition at Ford School


Host Nations: A Refugee Simulation

Date & time

Feb 23, 2019, 8:00 am-7:30 pm EST


Annenberg Auditorium and 1210, 1220, 1230 Weill
735 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

On February 23, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy will host graduate students from 14 universities to participate in the 2019 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition. This year’s competition—a partnership between the University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)—will connect a record 585 students from 11 global host sites including Dhaka, Cairo, Mexico City, and San Francisco to tackle policy issues associated with forced migration through computer-based simulated game play. Developed by experts at the Batten School’s Center for Leadership Simulation and Gaming (CLSG) who utilized extensive real-world data, the simulation places students in leadership roles within a time-sensitive, fast-paced environment where they must work together to solve complex policy issues.

The Ford School team is represented by: Aprisal W Malale (Indonesia), Jessica Taketa (USA), Jonatan Vega-Martinez (USA), Yusuke Namiki (Japan) and Lingling Peng (China). Our judges for the simulation are associate professor John Ciorciari, ambassador Melvyn Levitsky and associate professor Ann Lin.


About NASPAA: The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration or NASPAA is the global standard in public service education. It is the membership organization of graduate education programs in public policy, public affairs, public administration, and public & nonprofit management. Its over 300 members - located across the U.S. and in 24 countries around the globe - award MPA, MPP, MPAff, and similar degrees. NASPAA is the recognized global accreditor of master’s degree programs in these fields.

About the CLSG: The University of Virginia’s Center for Leadership Simulation and Gaming at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy prepares students for public life by allowing them to test real-world solutions in a virtual environment. The CLSG designs, develops and implements cutting edge simulations and experiments to advance education in leadership and public policy; conducts rigorous leadership and public policy research using simulations and experiments; and creates a community of scholarship where faculty, researchers and students are supported in their scholarly efforts related to the methodology of simulations and experiments.