APRU Student Global Climate Change Simulation

An experiential activity where students play the role of delegates to the UN climate change negotiations.

The APRU Student Global Climate Change Simulation is a role-playing exercise in which students will form multi-country, multi-disciplinary teams to play the role of delegates to the UN Climate Change Negotiations. Over three sessions of 2 1/2 hours each (one week apart), we will hold an online simulation activity using materials from the World Climate Interactive and the EN-ROADS simulation model developed by MIT. These live sessions will be supplemented with short lectures and other materials developed and curated by the APRU experts, which will be available on a shared Canvas website. To learn more, visit the World Climate Simulation.

Students will be assigned to international teams (students from various universities). Teams will be assigned one of 6 countries/regions. Over 3rd rounds of discussions and negotiations, teams will participate in breakout rooms facilitated by international experts in climate science. In addition, teams will hear perspectives from experts on topics such as indigenous knowledge, planetary health, public health, coastal habitats, deforestation, clean energy, trading and offsets, and diplomacy and negotiation skills. Teams will discuss the human and environmental effects of climate change, as well as the economic impact that countries/regions consider in determining their position and global commitments.


The APRU Student Global Climate Change Simulation is co-organized by APRU Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Program housed at the University of Oregon and APRU Global Health Program Housed at the University of Southern California.

Partner Universities include Monash University, Nanyang Technological University, Peking University, Tecnológico de Monterrey, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The University of Auckland, The University of Melbourne, Tohoku University, Universidad San Francisco De Quito, Universiti Malaya, and University of Washington.

External partners include Adidas, Rebalance Earth, Smart Energy Connect-CLP, Tuvalu Mo Te Atua, UN Habitat and World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Student Delegates

Each partner institution will select nine students to participate in the simulation. Each institution will determine its specific eligibility requirements. Once students have been selected the institution will provide their selectees with the event registration link. The event registration link should only be used for selected students.

Schedule & Program

The total course time of 15 hours includes 6.5 hours of online live sessions, combined with approximately 3.5 hours of self-paced online homework and approximately 5 hours of group homework.

View the program here.

  • Opening Ceremony on August 11 at 6-7:30 pm (PDT) / August 12 at 9-10:30 am (UTC+8)- view the recording here
  • Day 1 simulation on August 25 at 6-8:30 pm (PDT) / August 26 at 9-11:30 am (UTC+8)- view the recording here.
  • Day 2 simulation on September 1 at 6-8:30 pm (PDT) / September 2 at 9-11:30 am (UTC+8)- view the recording here.

Additional Information

  • For general inquiries, contact Grace Honeywell at [email protected]
  • If you are a faculty member interested in participating in a facilitator or expert role, Contact Mellissa Withers at [email protected]

Learning Objectives

  • Describe what contributes to climate change, and its impact on human health (planetary health);
  • Explain global climate change efforts, such as the Paris Agreement, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNCCC), and the Conference of Parties (COP);
  • Explain how/why climate change affects the most vulnerable populations and why it is an issue of social justice;
  • Identify adaptation and mitigation strategies and which will have the most impact on global temperatures;
  • Practice global teamwork and cross-cultural collaboration and communication skills
  • Discuss the complexity involved in countries’ decisions, including consideration of factors such as economic impact, negotiating power, etc.;
  • Describe the challenges of negotiations among countries on issues such as climate change and the importance of global collaboration.

The registration fee is $200/student and institutions may subsidize the entire fee for students or ask students to pay a portion of the registration fee.

Each student will receive a certificate of completion.




APRU Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed during the APRU Student Global Climate Change Simulation are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (“APRU”) and its employees.  APRU is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy any of the information contained in the series.