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MPA Students Join 2017 NASPAA-BATTEN Student Simulation Competition

Posted: March 2017

NASPAA-BATTENOn February 25, nearly 400 graduate students in public policy and management from around the world traveled to eight university locations to compete in a one-day immersive computer simulation that challenged them to advance global food security. Students were divided into two worlds, where they bonded as members of staff of a fictional global non-governmental organization (NGO). They analyzed data, made policy proposals, reacted the computer simulation results, drafted memos with recommendations, and presented their strategy recommendations to teams of local site judges.

UNM MPA Students

The School of Public Administration was able to send three MPA students, pictured right, (L-R: Shruthi Nadig, Zlata Nourie, NASPAA Director of Membership David Marshall, and Jazzai Jimerson) to Arizona State University in Phoenix to participate in the site’s student simulation competition. "We had an opportunity to contribute our ideas and efforts to help solve regional food security problems. It was a very busy day, but so rewarding!" Nourie commented. Remarkably, the Arizona State World One site team won the regional level, which Nadig and Nourie collaborated with. Super judges noted the team's excellent visual presentation.

“The School of Public Administration is proud that three of its students represented UNM so excellently at the recent NASPAA Student Simulation Competition. We hope to make such participation a tradition of our program,” said former SPA Director, Felipe Gonzales.