We are excited to announce the second year of partnering with the University of Virginia’s Center for Leadership Simulation and Gaming (CLSG) at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy (the Batten School) on the student simulation competition.

The Batten School is a global leader in the development of cutting edge simulation and experiments to advance education in leadership and public policy. The Batten School will design, develop, and implement the 2018 simulation on global health security and pandemics crisis management that will be used by hundreds of students during the competition. Both the Batten School and NASPAA will collaborate to actively promote simulation-based learning within the realm of public affairs education.

“We believe that computer-assisted models and simulations are the way forward for schools of public affairs, public administration and public policy in the 21st century. Students gain valuable leadership experience in these simulations which prepare them for the challenges of the modern world,” said Allan C. Stam, Dean of the Batten School.

The 2018 Topic: Pandemic Crisis Management and Global Health Security:

The simulation will focus on the roles MPA/MPP graduates would have to play in the event of a pandemic outbreak of a deadly infectious disease. MPA/MPP students will work within the confines of governing bodies to reassess the rules and institutions that govern health policy and practice at the subnational, national, regional, and global levels. In this simulation, MPA/MPP students will take the lead roles in identifying solutions and potential strategies to mitigate the potential devastating impacts of a pandemic. NASPAA believes it is imperative that MPA/MPP students’ knowledge on “global health security” is furthered so they are prepared to act during a public health crisis.


Saturday, February 24, 2018
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Please Note: Students will participate in the competition on only one of
these dates.


Host Sites:


Winning the Competition:

The competition will be held in 16 sites across the globe on February 24 and
March 3. After students conduct their final presentations, regional judges will
identify winning team(s) from each site. There will be 20 winning regional teams
in total. The final recorded presentations will be sent to the global “super judges” who will convene to identify the global winning team and runner-up team
during the week of March 5, 2018.

The CLSG is contributing $10,000 USD in prize money where each member of
the winning team will receive $1,500 USD and students in second place will
receive $500 USD each.