The High School Model European Union is an annual event for regional high school students. The goal of the Model EU is to give high school students the chance to learn about the workings of the European Union through a hands-on simulation. Playing the roles of presidents and prime ministers along with the Commission President and foreign ministers, the students spend one day engaged in intense negotiations over conflicting visions of the future of the EU. The objective is to simulate a specific European Council meeting, typically one that took place within the last two years. The Model EU should not be thought of merely as a historical simulation that replicates the outcome of the actual event; rather, students are encouraged to devise a possible alternative solution based on the same initial conditions and constraints. Model European Union enhances students’ understanding of classroom learning and gives them a real sense of the challenges involved in the decision-making process of the European Union.
The High School Model European Union is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s European Studies Center/European Union Center of Excellence and in part by the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and East European Studies, under the supervision of Dr. Ronald Linden, Director and Professor of Political Science, along with Global Solutions Pittsburgh.
For more information about the Model EU, please contact Michele Cahill.