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Widener to host more than 165 US and international students at EuroSim 2011

Beginning March 31, more than 165 students from around the world will converge on Widener University’s Main Campus for EuroSim 2011, a four-day simulation event of the European Union. EuroSim is the only simulation of its kind in the U.S. to involve European students, and host sites alternate each year between European and U.S. institutions. This is the first year Widener will host the event and the first year a non-New York State institution will serve as the U.S. host site.

At EuroSim, students simulate the governing process of the EU, tackling a different topic each year that is predetermined by the conference’s faculty advisers. Students come into the conference with assigned roles and must act in accordance with those roles throughout the event’s proceedings. This year, participants will take on European Union regional policy, which dictates the EU’s efforts to transfer resources from affluent to poorer areas to help modernize backward regions. Throughout the four-day simulation, different countries and EU leaders will meet to discuss regulation of regional policy to fix current issues and move ahead for the future.

“Faculty organizers always choose a topic that relates to the real-world policy agenda of the EU to help students deepen their knowledge of the EU,” said Dr. Rebecca Jones, an associate professor of political science at Widener. Jones not only oversees Widener’s EuroSim participants, but also serves as North American director of the consortium that runs EuroSim.

Widener has 12 students participating in EuroSim 2011, with these students representing the United Kingdom and Hungary in addition to taking on smaller roles as members of the European Parliament. Senior Jonathon Krisko of Schnecksville, Pa., will play a dominant role in this year’s simulation as the prime minister of Hungary, which holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. For example, he will speak at a mock press conference during the conference to deliver an update on progress made by participants up to that point regarding the regulation of regional policy.

Other notable events during the simulation include a tour of Philadelphia by all participants and a guest lecture by a West Chester University professor who will speak on EU regional policy. For a complete schedule, call 610-499-4244. 

Widener first participated in EuroSim in 2004 at the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands. Jones was the catalyst for Widener’s involvement, forming the student group shortly after joining Widener’s faculty in 2003. She had previously taken part in the simulation as a visiting faculty member at both the State University of New York, College at Brockport and Skidmore College, where she served as the faculty adviser for the college’s EuroSim delegation.

EuroSim first took place at SUNY Brockport in 1988 as the State University of New York Model European Community. As additional institutions joined in the simulation, including those from Europe, the event became known as EuroSim. The event is organized under leadership from the Transatlantic Consortium for European Union Studies and Simulations. A total of 13 American and nine European institutions are currently involved in TACEUSS. For more information, visit

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,700 students. Visit the university Web site,