What is EuroSim?
EuroSim is an annual international intercollegiate simulation of the European Union (EU). The purpose of EuroSim is to provide a framework for a partial simulation of a major EU issue. More than two hundred students, from universities in North America and Europe, participate in the simulation. All students are assigned roles, including Members of the European Parliament, members of the European Commission, heads of government, and national ministers.
Here at Aston University, the EuroSim module is one of the most innovative modules of the Aston Politics and International relations department’s undergraduate and MA programmes. EuroSim is offered as a module for any undergraduate and postgraduate student that studies either Politics or International Relations as part of their degree. This module gained formal recognition from the Political Studies Association, who awarded the module the prestigious PSA Award for Innovation in Teaching Politics (2018).
What is EuroSim for?
The purpose of this module is to educate students about the inner-workings of the European Union in order to enhance the learning experience for students. EuroSim provides a great experience of how to use politics in a real-world setting.
Active involvement in this module enhances students' oral communication skills through debate, negotiation and compromise with other students. It will expose students to politics and cultures from all over the world and boosts their research skills.
Finally the module provides links to a broader consortium of 26 (and growing) universities across Europe and the United States, this module provides students with the opportunity to travel internationally and network with students from across Europe and the United States of America.
Discover past EuroSims
Since 2017, the Aston EuroSim module has participated in the following conferences:
- 2017: The College at Brockport, Brockport, New York
For the 2017 EuroSim more than 145 students from the United States and Europe convened on the Brockport campus for the 30th annual European Union Simulation — right where it all began.
- 2018: University of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium
2018 EuroSim was hosted by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Brussels, Belgium. 150 particiants from 15 universities dealt with the topic of EU Border Management.
- 2019: Saint John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
2019 EuroSim on "The Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-27" was hosted by the St. John Fisher College in Rochester, USA, where 200 participants from more than 20 universities from all over the world met this year.
- 2020: University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
During the academic year 2019-2020, the EuroSim simulation was organised at the University of Antwerpen. The simulation took place January 6-9, 2020 on the topic of EU external relations, more specifically EU restrictive measures (sanctions policies).
- 2021: Niagara University, Niagara Falls, NY
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 EursoSim was hosted by Niagra University, but unfortunately it was a virtual event. However, this didn't stop the Aston team as they secured 2nd best team, 1st place for LIBE II, and 2nd place in the floating roles.