Cuiavian University in Wloclawek, Poland agreed on 7 June 2017 to support NATO’s work with partners on defence education through advanced distance learning (ADL).
Defence education is a key agent of transformation and NATO is using it to support institutional reform in partner countries. Through its Defence Education Enhancement Programme (DEEP), the Alliance advises partners on how to build, develop and reform educational institutions in the defence and military domain in the form of peer-to-peer conversations. E-learning is becoming a global trend in defence and military domains and DEEP is using it to improve efficient military education in some partner countries.
Cuiavian University is supporting Ukraine’s DEEP programme in building e-learning capacity for the National Defence University in Kyiv. It is also an active institution within the European Higher Education Area under the Bologna Process – which sets the basic framework for the three cycles of higher-education qualifications, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees – and in the European Union student exchange programme Erasmus.
“Cuiavian University is proud that NATO has acknowledged our strong e-learning capacity and we are keen to expand our mutual cooperation from the DEEP Ukraine to other NATO partners,” said Prof. Stanislaw Kunikowski, Rector of Cuiavian University.
Being active in both the European Union (EU) and NATO, the university is keen to bolster joint NATO-EU future cooperation in the ADL area by developing common e-learning modules together with the DEEP Programme and the European Security and Defence College.
“Your university has proven to be a reliable provider of knowledge and expertise and the Defence Education Enhancement Programme will work with you for the benefits of NATO partners’ military education institutions that want to reform their educational system and introduce new teaching techniques,” said Mariusz Solis, DEEP coordinator at NATO.