University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown students attending the fifth annual University of Pittsburgh Model European Union took top honors. This year’s event was held on the UPJ campus.
Model European Union team members Nathan Darrigo representing Austria and Jesper Nielsen representing Poland won their respective categories by each being the top delegate. Tyler Long representing Cyrus won an honorable mention and Matt Leonard won an award for excellent chairing.
Students from East Stroudsburg, Washington and Jefferson, Georgia Tech, the University of Pittsburgh, and UPJ were charged with resolving a complicated technical and political agenda such as the seven-year European budget. Each student delegate played the head of government of a European Union member state and performed as closely as possible to the real world scenario.
Expert judges, included Harald Guenther, Austrian Deputy Ambassador to the U.S., as well as faculty from different U.S. universities, evaluated to what extent the students were “in character” (acting like the real representatives of their country), how well they speak and how professional they act, as well as how well they knew the subject matter and how much they contributed to the resolution of the matter at hand.
Dr. Reinhard Heinisch, UPJ assistant professor of political science and director of international studies, is the faculty advisor.
Founded in 1927, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is a four-year, degree-granting college of the University of Pittsburgh. The university offers more than 40 majors and is known for its engineering technology, education, humanities, and natural and social sciences degree programs. UPJ has been ranked “Third in the North” among public comprehensive colleges and universities, northern region, by U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges, 2007.