The event was held in the Senate Room at the University of Macau on 25 and 26 November 2017. This event brought together 56 undergraduate and postgraduate students, which had been selected after interview together with the winners from the previous activity the Second Workshop on European Commission. They came from four tertiary institutions in Macau – University of Macau, City University of Macau, Macau Polytechnic Institute, Macau University of Science and Technology, and were of different nationalities.
Students were divided in teams of two, each representing one of the 28 member states-of the EU and simulated a summit of heads of state and government (European Council), discussing about China’s Belt & Road Initiatives. The three best students (one team and one delegate) were awarded a free study mission to Europe next year while four runner-ups (two teams plus two delegates) would get a cash prize, as well as the best position paper presented by the team of students on the topic under discussion.
Organized under the Jean Monnet Project, in collaboration with the Youth Association of International Affairs (YAIA), this pedagogical simulation aimed at broadening students’ international horizon, enhancing their understanding of the European institutions, and cultivating their debating, public speaking and negotiating talents.