KDI School of Public Policy and Management, National Law School of India University, North South University, Tsinghua University

Are Proud to Sponsor the Second Day of the 2021 NASPAA-Batten Competition on

March 6th

The NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition is a day-long event that allows graduate students in public policy and related fields to test their skills on real-world data. Each year, the Center for Leadership Simulation and Gaming develops an original participatory simulation specifically tailored for students of public policy and administration. The simulations give participants a chance to employ their knowledge in a realistic situation, as well as an opportunity hone skills in leadership, negotiation, and critical thinking.

This year’s rather timely topic is on Pandemic 2.0, a continuation of the first pandemic simulation deployed in March 2018.

Please make sure you have Google Chrome installed as a browser. This is the ONLY browser compatible with the game. Additionally, only laptops and desktop computers are compatible. The simulation will not function properly on a tablet or smartphone.


The assorted professionals and academics who will come together to judge the competition on round taking place on February 20th are as follows:

Zhiyong Lan – Tsinghua University

Zhiyong Lan is a Professor at the School of Public Policy and Management in Tsinghua University and the Director of Beijing Center for Organizational Learning and Urban Governance Innovation. He obtained his Ph.D. in Public Administration from Maxwell School, Syracuse University. He teaches and researches in areas of government reform and innovation, information technology and public decision-making, smart city, urban governance, etc. He has published more than ten monographs, and over 150 articles in core journals of public management and influential newspapers and media.

Junesoo Lee – KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Junesoo Lee is an Associate Professor at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, in charge of the Dynamic Sustainability Laboratory (DS Lab). He received his PhD in Public Administration and Policy from the State University of New York at Albany. His research focuses on failure management and success management in the paradoxical contexts where systems can be sustained by beneficial failure and also challenged by harmful success.

Laurel McFarlandExecutive Director at NASPAA

Laurel McFarland has served as Executive Director of NASPAA since 2005. She brings a wide portfolio of previous experience: management of accreditation and quality assurance; professional experience in the economics of higher education and the strategic positioning of institutions in higher education; academic work in economic policy history; and active involvement in local government and nonprofit ventures.

Mizanur Rahman – North South University

Mizanur Rahman is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Political Science & Sociology and with the South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance at North South University. He received a Master of Philosophy in Public Administration degree from University of Bergen and a Master of Social Sciences in Public Administration degree from University of Dhaka. He is conducted research for the Institutional Trust in South Asia Project, E-Service Delivery of Public Sector and Citizen Engagement in Bangladesh, the Citizen Attitudes Towards Climate Finance Project in Bangladesh, and University of Bergen.

Srijoni Sen – National Law School, Bangalore

Srijoni Sen is a faculty member at National Law School, Bangalore where she teaches in the Public Policy program. After graduating from NLSIU in 2009, Srijoni Sen began her career in McKinsey & Co. as a Business Analyst before completing a Masters degree in Law at Columbia University, where she also studied at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She was subsequently a founding team member of the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy where she led the Public Law team, and also created and ran an open resource digitizing and explaining Indian laws. Her areas of interest include law, policy and technology, and regulatory governance.

More Judges To Be Announced


The site will include contestants from the following schools:

  • Azim Premji University
  • Fulbright University Vietnam
  • Golden Gate University
  • Indian Institute of Forest Management
  • Indian School of Public Policy
  • Jagannath University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Jinan University
  • KDI School of Public Policy and Management
  • Korea University
  • National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  • Nazarbayev University
  • North South University, Bangladesh
  • Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
  • South Asian Institute Of Policy and Governance,North South University
  • Southwestern University of Finance and Economics
  • St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Tribhuvan University
  • Tsinghua University
  • University of Barishal
  • University of Dhaka
  • University of Guam
  • University of San Francisco
  • Victoria University of Wellington

Miscellaneous Information

Prizes: Two teams will come out on top by the end of the March 6 competition. These teams will move on to the global “All Star” round, where they will compete against top teams from the February 27 competition. NASPAA will award winning teams with generous cash prizes.

You will be emailed your team assignments and background materials several weeks in advance. In addition, we will provide you with MIRO accounts to help make collaboration with your teammates easier.


You have received your specific competition information via email. You will receive zoom links and game codes prior to the competition.

This day of the competition will be taking place in the Asia Time ZoneIt will begin at 8:00 AM India Time.