Training, Exercise and Education
The Academic Outreach Function is Strategic Plans & Policy Division's portal to Academia and Think Tanks. It is responsible for the establishment of cooperative relationships, as well as coordinating the Division's engagements with academic institutions.
All related activities are designed to improve Allied Command Transformation's Academic network for the mutual benefit of the Headquarters and our partners.
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This relationship comprises several activities:
The Academic Conference, an annual event that Allied Command Transformation sponsors and organizes in collaboration with partner Academic Institutions, is the major event in support of the development of the Academic Network. Associated with our existing Memorandum of Understanding, the Academic Conference has been historically organized in cooperation with the University of Bologna.
The NATO Model Event, a decision-making simulation modelled on the NATO's North Atlantic Council format, carried out by the Academic Outreach Team together with a partner Academic Institution. It serves as a primary engagement effort for current students, as well as a tool offered to engage new partners.
The Young Professionals Day (YP Day), which promotes direct engagement with a generation of future leaders. It is designed to engender debate and information sharing that will help inform future policy-making in the Alliance.
Institutional Accreditation – NATO Quality Assurance
After the Lisbon Summit in 2010, the implementation of a Global Approach in Education and Training required a new orientation in the training arena of NATO. Two years later, the Chicago Summit adopted the Connected Forces Initiative, which paved the way for a more professional and systematic approach. Based on European standards for Higher Education and carefully adapted to NATO needs, the NATO Quality Assurance Programme for Education and Training was launched.
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The concept of NATO Quality Assurance is founded on the NATO Education, Training, Exercises and Evaluation Policy and is described in detail in the Bi-Strategic Command Education and Individual Training Directive 075-007. Quality Assurance for NATO Education and Training is designed to ensure the highest possible degree of quality for all learners, while providing autonomy and flexibility to the Education and Training Facilities. The vehicle for the realization of NATO Quality Assurance is the Institutional Accreditation process, which is managed, monitored and executed by Deputy Chief of Staff Joint Force Trainer on behalf of Supreme Allied Commander Transformation.
Institutional Accreditation requires an Education and Training Facility to design and implement an effective internal Quality Management System and to demonstrate its contribution to NATO. Through Institutional Accreditation the mission of the Education and Training Facility and its relevance to NATO are validated. Moreover, the Education and Training Facility ensures that its programmes, modules, and courses meet pre-defined academic quality standards and seeks to implement best practices to further enhance the quality of the Education and Training provided, as part of a continuous improvement process.
Those eligible for Institutional Accreditation include any NATO Education and Training Facility, NATO accredited Centres of Excellence, NATO recognized Partnership Training and Education Centres, as well as National or Multinational Training Institutions supporting NATO education and training requirements.
For supporting the institutions engaged or interested in the Quality Assurance Programme, the Quality Assurance webpage on the NATO Transnet portal provides the necessary resources and references.
Moreover, a dedicated training opportunity, the NATO Quality Assurance Course, is made available at NATO School twice a year, while the Quality Assurance Team of Experts in the Joint Force Trainer Division, Joint Education Training and Exercise Plans and Policy Branch provides support and advice upon request.
NATO Stratcom Training
The role of communication within NATO, in the modern security environment, is critical to NATO mission success. While basic communication training is a national responsibility, not all nations have the resources and capabilities to be able to offer such training.
To assist nations in meeting this challenge Education and Training is a key enabler. These Allied Command Transformation's webpages provide an overview of existing courses and education opportunities within NATO and partner nations, in the Information Operations (IO), Public Affairs (PA), Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) and Strategic Communication (StratCom) fields.
Coherent, appropriate and timely NATO communication depends on highly capable individuals, both military and civilian, from the IO, PA, PSYOPS and StratCom disciplines as part of the overall NATO communication community of interest.