SUNYMEU is open to all undergraduate and graduate students from anywhere in the world. As SUNYMEU is student-run and student-directed, faculty advisors are not required to accompany college delegations. A country delegation is comprised of four students (head of government, foreign minister, finance minister, permanent representative).
If your campus does not have four students to participate and in consultation with all students involved, we place students from other campuses on your delegation or place you on an existing delegation. See FAQs for more information about forming a delegation.
SUNYMEU is managed on a two-year basis by a SUNY campus. SUNYMEU is hosted by a SUNY campus during even years and at the SUNY Global Center during odd years.
The IEUSS Board awarded the directorship of SUNYMEU 2022 & 2023 to SUNY Buffalo State. (SUNYMEU 2022 took place in Buffalo, New York on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State.) SUNYMEU directors must be SUNY employees (see IEUSS By-laws).
SUNYMEU is a program sponsored by the Institute for European Union Studies at SUNY (IEUSS), but the simulation itself is designed as a student-run and student-directed activity - from writing and selecting the agenda items to chairing the meetings and agreeing the Conclusions. Indeed, once SUNYMEU formally opens on Thursday, March 30, 2023, the students "take the reins," while faculty are on hand for advice (if requested) and to serve as expert witnesses. That SUNYMEU is student-run, and student directed points to the reason why the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union (GS) and the European Commission delegations are so crucial to SUNYMEU. The GS organize the agenda items prior to the simulation and are on hand in each functional meeting to support the member states in their work. The GS is careful to stay neutral and not "side" with a particular member state. The Commission, also represented at each functional meeting, represents the European Union and the integration project. While neither the Commission nor the GS votes, they are crucial to the functioning of the EU, and so to, of SUNYMEU.
Dr. Atta Ceesay - SUNYMEU Co-Director
Chair & Associate Professor, Director of the MPA Program, SUNY Buffalo State - Department of Political Science & Public Administration
Dr. Laurie Buonanno - SUNYMEU Co-Director
IEUSS Director; Professor, SUNY Buffalo State - Department of Political Science & Public Administration
Dr. Greg Rabb - SUNYMEU Co-Director
IEUSS Board Chair; Lecturer, SUNY Buffalo State - Department of Political Science & Public Administration; Emeritus Professor, SUNY Jamestown Community College
Ms. Lila Balai, IEUSS 2022 Summer Intern, SUNY Buffalo State 4+1 BA (2022)/MPA (2023)
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