Representatives from many of these training centres came together at NATO Headquarters on 21 October 2015 in an annual networking event known as the “Marketplace” to introduce themselves to the wider NATO community, presenting their course guides and the overarching missions of the respective centres.
"PTECs have contributed in practical terms to the sustainment of NATO partnership programmes and built unique training opportunities in a variety of critical capabilities" said Vice-Admiral Horcada, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Representative Europe. "By offering various levels of education and training in a huge variety of areas of cooperation, the PTECs all together have demonstrated their ability to complement each other’s offers and to contribute commonly to the Alliance aim of making sure that NATO and its partners stay connected" he added.
Co-organised by Supreme Allied Command Transformation and the NATO School in Oberammergau, the "Marketplace" also allows participants to exchange expertise and to forge new links, discuss further synergies and new courses, while also attracting more members to the network, which in turn helps to connect allied and partner forces by collaborating on training expertise. NATO School Commandant, U.S. Navy Captain Scott Butler emphasised the impact of the training centres. "What this community does for peace and security around the world cannot be stated enough," he said.
A wide network of centres
PTECs are nationally or multinationally sponsored facilities, recognised by NATO. Initially launched in 1999 under the Partnership for Peace programme to develop training and education activities with Euro-Atlantic partners, network membership was extended to partners participating in NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative in 2008. To date, there are 29 centres based in 24 NATO and partner countries, representing unique training in a variety of critical capabilities to include language training, crisis management, law of armed conflict, democratic control of the armed forces and defence structures, gender perspectives, and peace and security. As such, they collectively contribute to reinforcing and diversifying NATO’s partnership activities. PTECs collaborate to offer enhanced support to interested partners to develop their defence-related education and training capacities and support the development and transformation of partners’ professional military education institutions. The courses help NATO and partner participants work together and share expertise, with the aim of increasing understanding, efficiency and, ultimately, interoperability in the field.
With several thousands of students taking part since 1999 in residence courses and Mobile Education and Training Teams, the PTEC network symbolises perfectly NATO’s joint approach to partnerships.
Partnership Training and Education Centres:
- Austrian Armed Forces International Centre (AUTINT), Austria
- Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC), Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Foreign Languages Department (FLD) National Military University, Bulgaria
- Cairo Regional Center for Training on Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa (CCCPA), Egypt
- Finnish Defence Forces International Centre (FINCENT), Finland
- German Armed Forces United Nations Training Centre (GE UN Trg Ctr), Germany
- Sachkhere Mountain-Training School, Georgia
- Hellenic Multinational Peace Support Operations Training Center (MPSOTC), Greece
- International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL), Italy
- Jordan Armed Forces Language Institute, Jordan
- Peace Operation Training Center (POTC), Jordan
- Partnership for Peace Training Center, Army Academy (KAZCENT), Kazakhstan
- Continuous Training Centre of the Armed Forces Military Academy, Moldova
- Five Hills Peace Support Operations Training Centre, Mongolia
- The Regional Department of Defence Resources Management Studies (DRESMARA), Romania
- Crisis Management and Multinational Operations Department (CMMOD), Romania
- Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Training Centre, Serbia
- The Slovak Armed Forces Academy of General Milan Rastislav Stefanik, Slovakia
- The Slovenian PfP Language Training Centre, Slovenia
- Swedish Armed Forces International Centre (SWEDINT), Sweden
- Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), Switzerland
- Public Affairs Regional Centre (PARC), The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*
- PSO Training Centre Swiss Armed Forces International Command (PSO TC SWISSINT), Switzerland
- Turkish PfP Training Centre, Turkey
- International Peacekeeping and Security Centre (IPSC), Ukraine
- Defence Academy, United Kingdom
- Joint Special Operations University, Tampa, Florida, United States
- Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), United States
- Partner Language Training Center, Europe (PLTCE), Garmisch, Germany
In Italics institutions that participated in this year’s “Marketplace”
*-Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.