On Saturday, March 2nd, 2024, Metropolitan College of New York School for Public Affairs and Administration will host graduate students to participate in the 2024 NASPAA Simulation Competition. This year’s competition — a collaboration between DMS Academy and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) — will connect students from around the world at a virtual site and 12 global host sites, including Bangladesh, Egypt, Brazil, Hungary, Nebraska, Texas, Michigan…and more! The simulation competition will tackle policy issues associated with forced migration through computer-based simulated gameplay. Created and improved by experts at DMS Academy who utilized extensive real-world data, the simulation places students in leadership roles within a time-sensitive, fast-paced environment where they must work together to solve complex policy issues. 

Built specifically for students of public policy, Host Nations: A Refugee Simulation is a web-based experiential learning tool. Taking on roles such as Prime Minister, Minister of Labor, or Minister of Health and Human Services, players will work in teams to manage a migrant influx. Each player will be in charge of a distinct policy portfolio, and the decisions they make will affect not only their own country but the other teams’ as well. The game challenges participants to weigh human rights, integration, and GDP growth against budget restrictions and political resistance. Teams will be evaluated on simulation scores, negotiation skills, and presentations made to regional site judges. A panel of prominent super judges will determine the global winning teams of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes with awards of $3,000, $1,500, and $750, respectively. Thousands of students from NASPAA’s global network have participated in the simulation competition, which examines a multifaceted policy issue each year. The Host Nations simulation has been used in NASPAA classrooms worldwide and by USAID to teach essential concepts about migration policy and critical thinking skills.

Learn more about the competition HERE.

About Metropolitan College of New York: For almost 60 years, MCNY has been serving highly motivated adult learners and has produced over 12,000 graduates, a vibrant network of professionals engaged in improving our world and striving for excellence. MCNY is a not-for-profit, accredited, private college committed to providing a superior, experientially-based education that fosters personal and professional development, promotes social justice, and encourages positive change in workplaces and communities. MCNY campuses are located in the Financial District at 60 West Street, New York, NY 10006, and in the Bronx at 463 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10455. For more information, visit mcny.edu or call 212-343-1234.

About NASPAA: The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) is the global standard in public service education. It is the membership organization of graduate education programs in public policy, public affairs, public administration, and public & nonprofit management. Its over 300 members – located across the U.S. and in 24 countries around the globe – award MPA, MPP, MPAff, and similar degrees. NASPAA is the recognized global accreditor of master’s degree programs in these fields. 

About DMS Academy: DMS Academy offers educational programs focusing on desired futures and immersive learning experiences with real-life roles, real-world data, and specific cultural contexts. Their simulations are designed with future readiness skills such as critical thinking and decision-making for organizations engaged in leadership, governance and public service. Partnerships with universities offer tailored executive programs in foresight to stimulate