MPA Students Compete at 2017 NASPAA Competition

PhotoDaniel Bosch
photoKaren Holton

March 1, 2017

BATON ROUGE - LSU Master of Public Administration students recently traveled to two public administration conferences to represent the iprogram and present their research projects. Daniel Bosch and Karen Holton traveled to George Mason University and Indiana University, respectively, to participate in the third annual Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration Student Simulation Competition on Food Security. They were just two of more than 350 graduate students from around the world competing at eight regional sites.

Students in public policy and management from around the world traveled to Maastricht, New York City, Washington D.C. area, Indianapolis, Bogotá, Phoenix, Seattle, and Beijing to compete in a one-day immersive computer simulation that challenged them to advance global food security. Students from different schools were mixed onto teams of 16-20, where they bonded as members of staff of a fictional global non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to reduce global hunger in five world regions. 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.

David Birdsell, President of NASPAA and dean of the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College said, “We are delighted to recognize such fine work from student teams in Bogotá and New York. Food security is one of the world’s most pressing policy concerns; the participants have not only learned a great deal about the issues involved but have shown the capacity to deal substantively and creatively with the problems they identified, giving us every confidence that they will go on to do outstanding work in public service.”

NASPAA is the global standard in public service education with a twofold mission to ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service. It is the membership organization of graduate education programs in public policy, public affairs, public administration, and public and nonprofit management. NASPAA is also the recognized accreditor of master's degree programs in these fields. Its more than 300 members are located across the U.S. and in 21 countries around the globe. ​

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Elizabeth Eaton
E. J. Ourso College of Business