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IPACS Master’s students play with NASPAA

05 March2019
IPACS Master’s students play with NASPAA

A group of Master’s students of the Anti-Crisis Management Program at RANEPA Institute of Public Administration and Civil Service (IPACS) took part in an international business game on public management of global migration processes.

The business game is an annual event held by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) for Master’s and MPA students, with one of the global socio-economic problems offered as a case study. The game was played at 11 universities in eight countries and attended by more than 600 Master’s students in the State and Municipal Management area of training at various schools around the world.

This year, RANEPA IPACS for the first time presented a team at one of the international venues of the event – MERIT University in Maastricht (Netherlands).

The team included second-years of the Anti-Crisis Management program and members of the Anti-Crisis Case Club at RANEPA IPACS Darya Golembiovskaya, Aydarkhan Raiymkul, Alexander Afanasyev and Yevgeny Filippov. The team’s curator was Igor Moskalyov, head of the Master’s program State and Municipal Management/Anti-Crisis Management.

All the business game participants, students of Master’s programs in State and Municipal Management and MPA students from different countries, were asked to form a cabinet of ministers and use a computer simulator to make a number of government decisions aimed at stabilizing a socio-economic crisis caused by the influx of refugees. The team members, acting as a virtual government, had to develop and defend the concept of a migration policy of one of the states in the context of a global migration crisis.

Despite the virtual nature of the game, the problem described and all the input data for the computer model (GDP growth, number of migrants, government expenditures, social indicators, etc.) were based on real events related to the flow of Syrian refugees to European countries.

The RANEPA IPACS team presented a state migration policy modeled on the basis of German data. Other countries in the virtual political space were modeled on data from Hungary, Austria and Turkey. A Russian team representative also headed the virtual European Parliament, which was to form proposals aimed at supporting refugees in European countries.

The team’s anti-crisis strategy led to the maximum GDP growth in the simulated country and was highly appreciated by experts from the World Bank.

To solve the problems in the game, the participants had to study the migration policies of various countries, best practices of crisis management, modern approaches to modeling socio-economic processes and key socio-economic indicators. The participation in the event required skills such as the ability to work in a team, think creatively, negotiate with foreign partners, and defend their ideas in front of international experts.

Since the business game and computer model were built on the basis of real data, the participants’ results and suggestions can be actually used by World Bank experts to improve the real anti-crisis socio-economic programs in migration policy.

Following the business game, the RANEPA team members received NASPAA certificates, an invitation to participate in the 2020 season, and a cooperation proposal from NASPAA in the development of their project.

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