NASPAA Simulation Competition saw two winning teams

March 20, 2018

The NASPAA simulation competition was a great sucess, and SPP was very happy to host this competition which saw two winning teams, at Central European University on March 3rd, 2018. SPP is very proud of all the students who took part, and is happy SPP students contributed in both of the winning teams. We would like to congradulate the winning teams.

Team One: Kitti Almer, United Nations University – MERIT; Slobodan Tofiloski, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at Central European University; Waqas Shabir, The School of Public Policy at Central European University; Sonja Weigl, United Nations University- EHS. 

"Using simulation was a source of immense learning possibilities and a brilliant idea for public policy students, for which were highly appreciative to have been able to take part in. The NASPAA Batten Simulation Competition was an exciting opportunity and extraordinary learning experience. This simulation helped us realize what it might means to make decisions within a limited time and scarce resources, such as access to essential medical supplies e.g. vaccine. It helped us understand the importance of finance and budget allocation in the sphere of public affairs and their critical role in decision making. 

The most important thing to “takeaway” from this competition was that effectiveteam work is the key to success. In addition, this experience has strengthened our strong belief in the value of internal and external communication. Our strength relied on the mutual respect and consideration of every member’s point of view, to make the decisions before implementation. This competition was essential in helping us realize the importance of strategic planning and tradeoffs in order to achieve the established targets. The most challenging part of this competition was time management, in its urgency to make decisions and form conclusions in the limited time allocated to it. One of our strengths throughout the competition was the adequate division of labor among the members, resulting in a collaborative effort to benefit all." - response from Team One. 

Team Two: Khatia Labadze, Georgian Institute of Public Affairs; Angelita Bombarda, The School of Public Policy at Central European University; and Inge  Paemelaere, Ghent University.