History of TACEUSS and EuroSim

EuroSim is the oldest annual intercollegiate simulation of the European Union. It is also the first trans-Atlantic event of its kind. The idea for EuroSim began in the fall of 1987 when students at the State University of New York, College at Brockport proposed to sponsor their own model United Nations conference. Under the guidance of one of their professors, William G. Andrews, these students eventually decided on something unique instead, namely the first model EU conference. This event was held on April 8-10, 1988 under the name "SUNYMEC '88" (State University of New York Model European Community). Just thirty-five students participated in this first simulation - from Skidmore College, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Albany, SUNY Jamestown, SUNY Brockport, and SUNY Geneseo.

The second SUNYMEC was held at Brockport in 1989, with four more schools attending (Hamilton College, Colgate University, SUNY Fredonia, and Cornell University). In addition, four students and their faculty advisor flew in from Luxembourg, creating the first-ever transatlantic simulation of the European Community (EC).

This simulation of the EC continued annually throughout the early 1990s, with the students from Luxembourg joined by other Europeans studying in New York State. In 1992, the simulation was held for the first time in Europe (Luxembourg), and has since rotated between host sites on both sides of the Atlantic (see a list of themes and locations here).

During this time, the annual event became known as "EuroSim," and the participating institutions organized themselves as the New York Consortium for Model European Union Simulations (NYCMEUS). The founding members were Canisius College, Colgate University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Hamilton College, Skidmore College, St. John Fisher College, the SUNY colleges at Brockport, Cortland, Fredonia, Geneseo, Jamestown Community College, and University at Buffalo (SUNY). New York University would join the consortium just a few years later.

As with the EU, EuroSim grew and changed over the years. By the mid-1990s, a group of about 17 colleges and universities in the US and Europe were regularly involved, bringing together over 200 students each year. In 1996 and 1998, EuroSim took another step forward when it was organized by the Catholic University of Leuven and held at the new European Parliament building in Brussels. In 2001, the American site of Eurosim shifted to SUNY Fredonia, where it was hosted again in 2003 and 2005.

Along the way, solid partnerships were established with institutions in Germany, the UK, and the Netherlands, and two successful events were held in Prague. At the second of these, in 2002, the decision was made to create a new international leadership structure under the name Transatlantic Consortium for European Union Studies and Simulations (TACEUSS). Since then, TACEUSS has been co-directed by faculty from the US and Europe. Meanwhile, as the number of European participants increased, TACEUSS has also expanded its American membership outside of New York State. The first of these institutions was Widener University, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Over the years, the quality of EuroSim has steadily improved. The growing number of EU specialists involved in TACEUSS as faculty advisors has resulted in an increasingly sophisticated simulation. Several faculty advisors have been involved with EuroSim for over ten years, including a few who had once been student participants. At the same time, each new host of EuroSim has tried to improve on the last event - regarding logistics, accommodations, meals, guest speakers, and social events. In 2006, another great Eurosim was held in Prague, followed the next year by a successful event in Buffalo, NY, sponsored by Canisius College. In 2008 the University of Trier and the Europa Institute of the University of Saarland teamed-up to host an outstanding event in Germany. The 2009 EuroSim was again successfully hosted by Canisius College, followed by a great simulation at the University of Antwerp in 2010. In 2011, EuroSim moved out of New York state for the first time, with Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania hosting EuroSim 2011.

Today, EuroSim brings together over 200 students and faculty from thirteen American and nine European partner institutions. Since 2005, European participation in EuroSim has grown to include several European universities, the most recent of which are the University of Dundee, and Metropolitan University, Prague.

With plans already in place for the next two simulations (The University of Twente, Netherlands in 2014 and Skidmore College in 2015), the future of EuroSim continues on its upward path.