SUNY Model EU Conference (EU Students Only)

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UAlbany Campus
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Founded in 1844, the University at Albany is New York State’s oldest publicly founded university. Located in New York’s capital city, it is the premier public research University in the Capital Region and offers a world of opportunity to over 17,300 students, including 1,800 international students from more than 90 countries. UAlbany’s location in the state capital of New York provides students with limitless opportunities for public service and research through which you can gain experience, test your skills, and prepare to launch brilliant careers. The excellence of a UAlbany education is recognized by many independent sources. UAlbany is ranked among the top universities in Forbes’ “America’s Best Public Colleges,” and U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks many of our graduate programs among the top 50 in the United States, including clinical psychology, criminal justice, library and information studies, public affairs, public health, sociology, and social work.

Application Deadline

Dec 15 2018

Program Start

Apr 4 2019

Program End

Apr 6 2019

City

Albany, New York, United States

Program Term

  • Spring

Language of Instruction

English

Program Details

Academic Program

SUNY Model EU is a project funded by the Institute of European Union Studies at SUNY (IEUSS), through the Office of Global Affairs, SUNY System Administration. Like many international simulations, students and universities represent country delegations in preparing to attend a European Council Summit. Usually, these delegations are comprised of four person teams, with each student playing an actual political figure from that country’s government. These roles are generally the Head of Government (Prime Minister or President), the Foreign Minister, the country’s ambassador to the EU (COREPER II), and a Finance Minister. Larger teams can also bring an additional deputy minister for Europe or deputy Prime Minister. Host teams will generally chair the Head of Government and Foreign Minister meetings, playing the roles of Council President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs. Additional delegation assignments also play the role of the European Commission and Secretariat, as well as the SUNY Model EU Press corps.

Once assigned “roles,” country teams work to prepare a single-page proposal for an item to be discussed at the summit, and submit it to the presidency team a little over a month prior to the simulation and the presidency team works with the secretariat to generate an initial agenda of items to be debated in each functional group setting. We try to debate the most important and timely issues confronting Europe, from the crisis in the Eurozone, to the military action in Libya, and problems integrating recent immigrants into European society. Students debate the issues and come to common positions on items before them, working first in small groups (of just their partner ministers) before putting the final conclusions of the presidency to a vote of the whole.

Model EU has proven to be an enormously rewarding experience for our past participants, and a visit to our SUNY Model EU Facebook page will confirm this. Students from all over the SUNY system and northeast have an opportunity to meet and work with students from all over Europe, to learn about one of the most complex and important actors in the international arena today, and to develop their social capital in learning how to present their views before both a small group and plenary setting. Smaller than most Model UN simulations, it is a more participatory experience for all those who do come, and there are fewer “spectators” given the small size and the importance of each country in EU Council decision making.

Country assignments and rooms at the conference hotel are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis, so register early to reserve your place! 

Spring 2019 Model EU Itinerary

Thursday, April 4

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Model EU Teams Check-in
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Registration and Delegation Check-in at the SUNY Global Center
5:00 pm – 5:15 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks
5:15 pm – 6:00 pm Keynote Address
6:00 pm – 7:15 pm Light Reception Following the Address in the SUNY Global Center
7:15 pm – 8:30 pm Presidency Teams Formally Open Simulation 

EU Council President Tusk and the Romanian President will introduce their teams, and make a brief speech laying out their goals and priorities for the summit.  They will additionally review the four agenda items to be debated on the first day.  The Presidency will make it clear what it wants the functional meetings to achieve and also indicate a target schedule. All agreements reached “below” the European Council will ultimately have to be approved by it.  After the Presidency teams have spoken, delegations should be given a chance to ask procedural questions. Following this, Council President Tusk will call upon sponsors of additional agenda proposals to speak for two minutes each on their proposals.  Voting on additional proposals will take place at end of day on Friday.

Preliminary Functional Group Meetings

The Chair of each council configuration and its corresponding Secretariat will convene a brief meeting with all the ministers in their functional group, to lay out plans for their morning sessions, make introductions, and set the tone and establish rules by which debate will be conducted.

Ceremony Concludes by 9 pm

Friday, April 5

8:00 am – 9:00 am Students/Faculty depart hotel for Global Center

Bagels and Coffee
9:00 am – 11:15 am Functional Meetings

  • HOGS and EcoFin: Global Classroom (1)
  • Foreign Ministers:Global Classroom (2) 
  • EcoFin (following morning briefing):Tiered Classroom
  • COREPER: Multipurpose Room

Press Corps: Touchdown Space 

10:00 am – 11:30 am Graduate Student Research Panel – Global Center Boardroom 

This panel is scheduled as a faculty seminar. Open to faculty, graduate students, and visitors to the Global Center
11:15 am – 11:30 am Break while Presidency team Prepares for First Press Briefing
11:30 am – 11:50 am Council Presidency Press Conference and Briefing, Global Classroom
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch: Global Center reception space, 3rd floor café also available
1:15 pm – 4:30 pm Functional Meetings

  • HOGS:Global Classroom (1)
  • FMS:Global Classroom (2)
  • Eco Fin:Tiered Classroom
  • COREPER: Multipurpose Room

Press Corps:Touchdown Space

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Faculty Seminar
4:30 pm – 4:45 pm Break and Presidency Team Prepares for Press Briefing
4:45 pm – 5:15 pm Press Conference and Voting on Additional Agenda Items

  • Location:Global Classroom

Update delegates on progress made to date and allow each group to report on progress

Vote on new agenda items, as introduced during Thursday’s plenary 

5:30 pm Students and Faculty return to the Hotel 
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Faculty Dinner

Location: To Be Announced
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Student Mixer

Location: To Be Announced

Saturday, April 6

8:15 am – 9:15 am Students/Faculty depart hotel for light breakfast at SUNY Global Center
9:15 am – 11:30 am Functional Meetings

  • HOGS:Global Classroom (1)
  • FMS: Global Classroom (2)
  • Eco Fin:Seminar Room 109
  • COREPER: Multipurpose Room

Press Corps: Touchdown Space

10:00 am – 11:30 am Model EU Faculty Council Meeting:

Global Center Boardroom

Planning for Model EU 2020 in Brussels
11:30 am – 11:45 am Country Delegations meet to update HOGs on progress

Presidency teams and secretariat convene to prepare statements
11:45 am – 12:15 pm Plenary Session and Press Conference
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch and Educational Opportunities Tabling
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Final Functional Meetings

  • HOGS: Global Classroom
  • FMS: Multi-Purpose Room
  • Eco Fin:Seminar Room 202
  • COREPER: Seminar Room 109
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Break and time for Presidency team and secretariat to prepare the conclusions
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm European Council Presidency Conclusions

Delegates gather and vote on final version of presidency conclusions; 

Press has final opportunity for questions and photos during signing of the conclusions
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Closing Ceremony and Reception at the Global Center
This itinerary is subject to change. 

SUNY Model EU Faculty Advisors

Universite Lille
Hadjila Krifa-Schneider
SUNY Fredonia
Alexander Caviedes
SUNY Buffalo State
Laurie Buonanno, Sarah Matilda Norrevik, Monique Owens
Drake University
Eleanor Zeff
University at Buffalo, SUNY
Collin Anderson
Coastal Carolina
Mariam Dekanozishvili
SUNY New Paltz
Kathleen Dowley
SUNY Fredonia
Elmer Ploetz
University at Albany, SUNY
Zakhar Berkovich, Irina A. Chindea
Jamestown Community College
Greg Rabb
SUNY Fredonia
Raymond Rushboldt
Ithaca College
Juan Arroyo
SUNY Cortland
Alexandru Balas, Henry Steck
Vesalius College
Giulia Tercovich 
Schmalkalden University
Sven Muller-Grun

Housing

DoubleTree by Hilton – Metropolitan, New York City

Meals

The following meals are included:

Thursday, April 4

  • Opening Reception – SUNY Global 

Friday, April 5

  • Continental Breakfast – SUNY Global
  • Box Lunch – SUNY Global
  • Student Mixer (limited hors d’oeuvres & 1 drink) 
  • Faculty Dinner (restaurant)

Saturday, April 6

  • Continental Breakfast – SUNY Global Center
  • Lunch – SUNY Global Center
  • Closing Reception – SUNY Global Center

Costs

Domestic Student Participants (Thursday to Saturday): $400

  • (Includes program fee and hotel accommodations for 2 nights)
Domestic Faculty Participants (Thursday to Saturday): $578

  • (Includes program fee and hotel accommodations for 2 nights)
International Students (Thursday to Sunday): $538.88

  • (Includes program fee, mandatory health insurance for 4 days, and hotel accommodations for 3 nights)
International Faculty (Thursday to Sunday): 805.88

  • (Includes program fee, mandatory health insurance for 4 days, and hotel accommodations for 3 nights)

Payment

You will receive an e-mail with a link to the payment page after you have submitted your application. The payment deadline is February 1, 2019.

Eligibility

To participate in SUNY Model EU must be selected by your institution. Questions about the terms of the agreement between your university and SUNY or UAlbany should first be addressed to your university. Accompanying Faculty Mentors and staff should also complete this application. 

Entry Requirements

If you are not eligible to participate in the ESTA visa waiver program, a visa may be required. Please contact your home University for more information regarding the visa application process.

Contact your program coordinator to find out whether there is funding available for your participation.

In Their Own Words

“The Model European Union simulation was an experience unlike any other I have had thus far at this University. It was an experience that allowed for me to meet the elected official whose actions I was simulating; Foreign Minister of Bulgaria, Ekaterina Zakharieva. It allowed me to understand the politics of Europe via the differing viewpoints of students who were representing member states.  Furthermore, it allowed for me to co chair my first conference internationally, in a committee that I have a strong interest in: the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC). Chairing the FAC allowed me to truly appreciate the challenges that the European Union faces on a constant basis.

The study abroad experience added to this exposure to international relations. In the short span of two weeks, myself and my colleagues were able to visit the United States mission to NATO, the International Court of Justice, and the International Criminal Court just to name a few locations. We were also able to visit a variety of different European institutions such as the European Parliament, the European Council and the Belgian and Flemish Parliaments. I could not be more grateful to the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, SUNY New Paltz, and Vesalius College for putting together such an amazing experience that allowed myself and other students to be exposed to such amazing careers in international relations.”

Brian P.

“This year’s Model European Union simulation and study mission was enlightening in so many ways. While I had previously found European politics to be interesting, becoming fully immersed in the culture added a completely new level of depth. Being able to see, first hand, the complexity of the European Union, yet how it works together for the good of all Europeans was truly impressive. By meeting European students, I was better able to understand their concerns and relate them to my own back home. By the end of the trip, I was eager to return to Europe, as well as, research careers with involvement in international policies and political systems. My thanks go out to Rockefeller College for their contributions assisting in making this trip possible.”

Michaela P.

“Going to Belgium with a bunch of strangers forced me to make friends I didn’t think I would make. If I could do it all over again I would because those two weeks were some of the most fun of my life.”

Aayush D.

“The educational experience provided by the school is worth applying for alone, but the friendships you’ll form by spending two weeks with people you may not have gotten the opportunity to meet otherwise make it worth every penny.”

Matt M.

“I would have to say this trip was one of the best experiences of my life. It proved to not only to be a great cultural opportunity to learn and engage, but also gave me a chance to befriend some incredible people.”

Haven S.

“Through the Model EU simulation and meetings with European and international governmental institutions, the trip provoked an interest in foreign service I previously did not have. I did not know what to expect out of the study mission, but I gained invaluable insight into the inner workings of the European Union, NATO, and international court systems.”

Hannah Smith

“Hands down one of the best experiences of my college career. The faculty and staff members really outdid themselves this year.”

Max H.

Program Advisor

Moody, Rachel

rsmoody@albany.edu

Spring 2019 Program Dates:

  • Thursday, April 4, 2019 to Saturday, April 6, 2019
  • International participants depart on Sunday, April 7, 2019

About UAlbany

Founded in 1844, the University at Albany is New York State’s oldest publicly founded university. Located in New York’s capital city, it is the premier public research University in the Capital Region and offers a world of opportunity to over 17,300 students, including 1,800 international students from more than 90 countries. UAlbany’s location in the state capital of New York provides students with limitless opportunities for public service and research through which you can gain experience, test your skills, and prepare to launch brilliant careers. The excellence of a UAlbany education is recognized by many independent sources. UAlbany is ranked among the top universities in Forbes’ “America’s Best Public Colleges,” and U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks many of our graduate programs among the top 50 in the United States, including clinical psychology, criminal justice, library and information studies, public affairs, public health, sociology, and social work.

The University at Albany enrolls students in nine degree-granting schools and colleges including its Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity; the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy; and its Schools of Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Public Health, and Social Welfare.

The Campuses

The Uptown Campus, the University’s main campus, is located at 1400 Washington Avenue in Albany, and has been described as “a distinctive work of modern art.” Home to many of the University’s Schools and Colleges, including the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, and the Schools of Business, Criminal Justice, and Education.

Uptown Campus

The Uptown Campus also features the Performing Arts Center, the University Art Museum, and the Campus Center. The hub of student activity, the Camps Center includes lounges, meeting and dining rooms, a ballroom, a cafeteria, banking facilities, a convenience store, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, and a variety of both fast-food and healthy food options.

Outdoor recreational facilities include lighted tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, and several multipurpose playing areas, including a turf field for student recreational and intramural use. Indoor athletic facilities are dominated by the SEFCU Arena. With an arena seating capacity of nearly 4,800, the facility is home to NCAA Division I Great Dane basketball, and also houses a running track, a modern fitness center, a fully equipped athletic training complex. The Physical Education Center includes a pool, locker rooms, weight and wrestling rooms, a dance studio, and basketball, handball and squash courts. The facilities also include a 8,500-seat multi-sports stadium, home to football and men’s and women’s soccer.

Downtown Campus

The Downtown Campus, located at 135 Western Avenue in Albany, served from 1909-66 as the main campus. It houses the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, the School of Criminal Justice, and the School of Social Welfare, as well as the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Health Sciences Campus

The Health Sciences Campus, a former pharmaceutical complex located at One University Place in Rensselaer, is one of the region’s booming bioscience research and high-tech centers. Its academic anchor is the School of Public Health, and its research facilities include the Cancer Research Center, home to the Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics, and the Center for Functional Genomics.

Airport Information

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office arranges pick up for semester and year-long exchange and study abroad students from the Albany International Airport on one designated day. More information regarding this service is available after acceptance to your program.

Many of our international students arrive in the U.S. at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York City or Newark (EWR) International
Airport in New Jersey. If you are coming from Asia, we advise you to book your flight through Chicago (ORD), Detroit (DTT), or other airports with good connections to Albany. If you are continuing by airplane to Albany, use only a direct, non-stop connecting flight from your arrival airport to Albany.

If you arrive at one of the New York City or New Jersey airports, you have to plan your own transportation to Albany. Further information regarding travel to Albany is available here.

Train information

The Amtrak station is 15 minutes from campus and is easily accessible from NYC. Further information regarding train travel to Albany is available on the Amtrak website.

General Travel Advice

Further information regarding travel to Albany is available here.

At UAlbany, you won’t just live – you’ll thrive. Get involved in our 250+ clubs and organizations, root on our 18 NCAA Division I athletics teams, and explore off campus in our great college town or further afield in the great outdoors. Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find it here.

NOTE: As of January 1, 2019 the University at Albany will be a tobacco and smoke-free campus, proudly joining more than 1,800 tobacco and smoke-free colleges and universities across the United States. Smoking and other tobacco use will be prohibited on campus. Additional information on UAlbany’s tobacco-free policy and cessation resources (programs to assist in quitting smoking) are available on the UAlbany tobacco and smoke-free campus website.

Campus Recreation
Campus Recreation provides diverse, stimulating, and engaging recreational opportunities that enrich the UAlbany experience. We empower our community to lead healthy lifestyles by fostering an environment that supports physical, mental, and social growth. See the facilities schedules, browse group exercise and wellness programs, join intramural sports teams and open recreation events, or explore the outdoors

Athletics
Cheer on our Division I sports teams! UAlbany’s intercollegiate athletics program excels at the NCAA Division I level, producing competitive teams, successful coaches, and outstanding student-athletes recognized for their accomplishments both on the field and in the classroom. The University sponsors 18 varsity sports for men and women. Visit the DANEger Zone for student tickets.

Student Association

UAlbany’s Student Association is the recognized undergraduate student government on campus which was officially established in 1923, and has been operating in its current form since 1977. Student Association exists in order to provide and foster opportunities beyond those offered in the formal curriculum. The Student Association provides concerts, speakers, comedy shows, multicultural and gender programming, funds more than 200+ student groups, organizations, Student Legal Services, and Dippikill, an 847 acre wilderness retreat complete with cabins, campsites and a pond located in the heart of the Adirondacks. In addition, the Student Association represents the interests of the student body to the faculty, administration, and government.

Clubs and Organizations
UAlbany has more than 200 student clubs and organizations in which you can participate, as well as a wide variety of cultural, musical, and artistic events.

Find organizations, attend events, and track your involvement on the MyInvolvement website.

For a complete list of events, Visit the UAlbany GO website.

Each semester, the Center for International Education & Global Strategy (CIEGS) holds multiple events to assist our international students in becoming comfortable here at UAlbany. Some past events have included day trips to Boston and New York City, local apple picking, ski outings and holiday celebrations. There are multiple clubs, sports teams and athletic events!

View the programs and events listings on the International Student and Scholar Services web page.

In addition, UAlbany has more than 200 student clubs and organizations in which you can participate, as well as a wide variety of cultural, musical, and artistic events.

The University at Albany enjoys a strategic location in the City of Albany. The capital of the State of New York offers something for everyone, the center of a region remarkable for its natural and cultural resources. The Capital Region includes the cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy, and has a population of approximately 838,000. Within a short distance are the Berkshires, the Catskills and the Adirondacks, the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi River. Major ski areas such as Killington, Gore, Hunter, Bromley, Stratton and Mt. Snow are within easy commuting distance. Saratoga Springs, 25 miles to the north, is internationally known as a sports, concert, and cultural center, and features outstanding thoroughbred and harness racing at Saratoga Race Track.

Four major malls and shopping centers, including Crossgates, Stuyvesant Plaza and Colonie Center, fall within one mile of campus. Albany nightlife is active with concerts, movies, theater, dancing, and nearly every kind of restaurant or eatery imaginable.