South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance (SIPG) at North South University (NSU), Dhaka hosted the 2019 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition on Saturday (23 February).
A group of 40 graduate students from the department of public administration, policy and governance from eight universities from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal took part in the simulation competition. The participating universities and institutions were: University of Dhaka, North NSU, Jahangir Nagar University, Barisal University, University of Rajshahi, The National Law School of India University, and Tribhuvan University, Nepal. The theme of the simulation is global migration. Professor Atiqul Islam, vice chancellor of NSU opened the competition which was attended by NASPAA delegates and faculty members of different universities.
This competition is a partnership initiative between the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), which is being concurrently conducted in 11 global sites including NSU. Around 585 students are taking part in the host sites which include Dhaka, Cairo, Seoul, Mexico City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and San Francisco to tackle policy issues associated with forced migration through computer-based simulated game using real world data. The teams are evaluated on the basis of simulation scores, negotiation skills, reasoning worksheet scores, peer review scores and a presentation of report to a panel of site judges. The judges will be declaring the winning teams from the NSU site after the whole day’s simulation competition. A panel of prominent experts- Super Judges will finally determine the global winner and award $5,000 USD as prize money.
NASPAA is a global accreditor in public service education. It is the member organization of graduate education programs in public policy, public affairs, public administration, and public & nonprofit management. It has over 300 members – located across the US and in 24 countries around the globe – award MPA, MPP, MPAff, and similar degrees. NASPAA is the recognized global accreditor of master’s degree programs in these fields.