JCC participates in Model European Union simulation

Students from Jamestown Community College and other American and European colleges participated in a simulated European council summit during the annual State University of New York Model European Union Simulation in New York City.

The simulation is sponsored by the SUNY Institute for European Union Studies and SUNY New Paltz.

SUNYMEU is the first and oldest EU simulation in the country and was established under the leadership of JCC’s political science department in 1988. It is the only transatlantic, student-run model European Union which sends American students to Europe in even years and brings European students to the U.S. in odd years.

JCC students represented Sweden. Zacharias Haynes of Cattaraugus acted as the prime minister and Corbin Brown of Mayville was the foreign minister. At the conclusion of the simulation, Brown was named the delegate with the strongest opinion.

SUNYMEU delegates debated border management and internal security, issues involving the EU’s Eastern Partnership and competitiveness in digital-based industries, and combating intolerance.

Besides JCC, which continues to be the only community college represented at the simulation, other participants included Buffalo State College, Coastal Carolina University, Drake University, Hofstra University, Ithaca College, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY New Paltz, University at Albany, University at Buffalo, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and universities from France, Germany, Brazil, United Kingdom, and Brussels.

JCC’s course on the EU simulation is taught by Gregory Rabb, professor of political science, via interactive television technology between the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses. Rabb is the only one of the original six SUNY faculty members active in the simulation.

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