GPS students takeover NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition

The UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) sent two students to Phoenix to participate in the NASPAA—Batten Student Simulation Competition on Feb. 25, 2017—and gave them the keys to the School's Twitter account to chronicle their experience in real time.


  1. Meet (from left) Kyle Navis, 2017 MIA candidate, and Marcelo Goncalves, 2018 MIA candidate, who attended the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration’s (NASPAA) annual global simulation competition for graduate students in public policy and administration.

  2. In partnership with the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, NASPAA hosted its 2017 student simulation in eight sites across the globe. Navis and Goncalves participated at the Arizona State University (ASU) site in Phoenix to tackle the 2017 theme of food security. Separated into two teams at ASU—World 1 and World 2—Navis and Goncalves competed against one another and worked alongside students from other NASPAA member schools.
  3. Through the simulation, students were challenged to address complex problems associated with hunger and malnutrition and apply solutions to real-life situations—a callout to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal “to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030.”
  4. Once the simulations were complete and team memos prepared, it was time for World 1 and World 2 to present their findings to a judging panel, comprising experts on the topic of food security.
  5. And the winning title went to .... World 1, Goncalve's team, which will move onto the global competition!
  6. Competition aside, the opportunity to network with future leaders in public policy seemed priceless for all participants.