SJTU students win global public policy simulation competition
Updated: 2017-03-07

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Contestants in a global simulation competition for graduate students in public policy and administration, organized by the leading US schools the Networks of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration and the University of Virginia's Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, pose for a photo at Tsinghua University in Beijing on Feb 26. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

A group of graduate students from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) proved their leadership mettle by clinching first prize in a global simulation competition designed to test future public servants' crisis management skills organized by two leading US-based universities.

The team of five from SJTU outthought peers from China, Singapore, South Korea, Russia and Kazakhstan to win the contest, which was held at Tsinghua University in Beijing on Feb 26.

Developed by the elite US public policy schools the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and the University of Virginia's Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, the simulation threw the students into a global hunger and malnutrition crisis and tested their capacity to deal with the problems and develop practical food security policies.

Using Batten's food security computer simulation system, the students analyzed data, made policy proposals, reacted to the computer simulation results, drafted memos with recommendations, and presented their policy proposals to teams of judges.

Thanks to their victory, the SJTU students will be considered for a special simulation competition prize summer internship with stipend at the contest's partner organizations, which include the World Food Program in Rome.

Batten also announced that it will be making the food security computer simulation available free of charge in classrooms and institutions around the world.

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The team of five graduate students from Shanghai Jiao Tong University show off their certificates after winning first prize in the simulation competition in Beijing on Feb 26. SJTU beat teams from 5 different countries to win the contest. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

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