In a display of remarkable ingenuity and preparedness, students from Faculty of Economics, Master of Science in Risk Management under the framework of the Jean Monnet Module “Disaster Risk Management in the framework of EU Integration”, with the support of the National Agency of Civil Emergencies, recently performed a simulation game with a focus on disaster risk management. The interactive event showcased the students’ understanding of disaster response strategies, their ability to analyse risks, and their aptitude for making critical decisions in high-pressure scenarios.
The simulation game, executed by a talented team of students from the Jean Monnet Module “Disaster Risk Management” in the framework of EU Integration, specialized in disaster risk management studies was conducted on July 5, 2023. It aimed to replicate real-world challenges associated with a disaster scenario. A flooding scenario was created and tested the participants’ ability to coordinate emergency response efforts, allocate resources effectively, and mitigate the impacts of simulated disasters on the affected communities. The scenario provided an opportunity for the participants to devise comprehensive disaster management plans, assess potential risks, and implement strategic interventions to safeguard lives and infrastructure.
The simulation game unfolded in a controlled environment, allowing the students to assume different roles, such as emergency managers, first responders, public health officials, and community leaders. Collaborative teamwork, effective communication, and timely decision-making were key to success, as the students grappled with limited resources, evolving situations, and the need to balance immediate response efforts with long-term recovery planning.
In addition to the engaging nature of the simulation game, its educational value was evident as students enhanced their practical skills and acquired firsthand experience in disaster response. The exercise provided a platform for applying theoretical knowledge to realistic scenarios, honing problem-solving abilities, and fostering resilience in the face of adversity.
The event got attention, attracting experts in the field of disaster management, faculty members, and alumni students. The academic staff of the Jean Module praised the students’ initiative and emphasized the importance of such simulations in preparing future disaster management professionals. The hands-on experience gained through the game will undoubtedly contribute to the students’ readiness to tackle real-life crises, equipping them with the confidence and competence required to address the multifaceted challenges of disaster risk management.
Moving forward, the success of this simulation game will likely inspire similar initiatives within the Jean Monnet Project “DRM and CCA in the framework of EU integration” and beyond. The valuable lessons learned and the exchange of ideas among participants will undoubtedly contribute to the improvement of disaster response strategies, both at the local and national levels.
By harnessing the power of simulation game and leveraging their expertise in disaster risk management, the students of the Jean Monnet Module “Disaster Risk Management in the framework of EU Integration” have not only showcased their aptitude but have also paved the way for innovative approaches to preparedness and response. Their commitment to building resilient communities and their dedication to refining disaster management practices serve as a testament to the transformative potential of experiential learning in the pursuit of safer and more secure societies.