Over 130 student delegates from the United States and Europe assembled at Vesalius College from January 10-14 for the SUNY Model EU 2018.
SUNY Model EU is a joint activity with the State University of New York (SUNY) system and Vesalius College. It is a simulation of political negotiations at a European Council summit. This year the simulation topic – and centerpiece of student debate – was the Bulgarian presidency.
Vesalius’ TPEL Method
For the simulation, each student was assigned to a different role. For International Affairs students this meant acting as a head of government or foreign minister, while for Communications students it meant acting as a member of the Press Corps.
Vesalius follows a theory-guided, practice embedded, and experiential learning (TPEL) approach to education. The TPEL method incorporates hands-on experiences, like the SUNY Model EU simulation and site visits, to reinforce classroom lectures.
TPEL encourages self-discovery, development of employability skills, and enhances academic theories.
The 4 day program incorporated visits to the EU Parliament and EU Council, as well as a city trip to medieval Ghent.
SUNY Model EU is held at Vesalius College every two years and is sponsored by the SUNY Office of Global Affairs (New York).
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