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Asia-Pacific Model European Union - European Council Simulation
Start date: 01 Sep 2016, End date: 31 Aug 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The ‘Asia-Pacific Model European Union – European Council simulation’ is designed to familiarize students with the framework and procedures of international negotiations. It presents the participants with a unique chance of taking part in a simulation of European Council (summits) meetings and thereby gaining ‘hands-on’ experience in preparing for and conducting multi-country political deliberations about current real-life issues. In the process, the students also study the political, economic and social backgrounds of European Union member states in a comparative perspective. The simulation systematically encourages peer learning. The negotiations include three levels of bargaining: interpersonal, national and international, as participants are acting as Heads of States/Governments and Ministers of Foreign Affairs of all existing EU member states, required to reach political consensus at the end of the simulation.It is hoped that once established, APMEU will take place every year and serve as a higher-level exercise in addition to national/local Models European Union (MEUs) in the region. The second APMEU (2016) is planned to take place in April 2016 in Hong Kong. In the future, the APMEU could serve not only as a convenient competition stage much like the Harvard Model United Nations exercise but also as a platform of cooperation between universities in the Asia-Pacific region.
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