In late May and early June 2017 a delegation of the University, led by Rector Commandant Brigadier General Dariusz Skorupka, DSc, Eng., participated in the 5th International Symposium on the Development of Military Academies (ISoDoMA) organised by the Royal Military College Saint-Jean.

Participants in this largest discussion forum dedicated to developing the process of officer training debated the challenges to be faced by military education.

The main topic of this year’s edition of the symposium was the comprehensive education of officers in the face of new security challenges. The meeting facilitated an exchange of views on officer education systems and the associated problems. Representatives of foreign universities displayed particular interest in the impact of current threats and challenges to the world order and security on the shape and content of education curricula for young officers.

The participation in the symposium was an opportunity to establish cooperation with new foreign partners and agree on new terms with present ones. The Rector Commandant met with his counterpart from South Korea, with whom he set the rules for future cooperation and the schedule of work concerning the preparation and signing of a formal cooperation agreement between the universities.

Our delegation also met with representatives of the United States Military Academy at West Point, with whom we discussed the status of legislative work on the cooperation agreement between the Universities. It was agreed that the work will be completed and agreement will be signed in September.

The third foreign partner with whom we discussed cooperation during the stay at Saint Jean was a Swedish military university represented by Commandant Anna-Karin Broth, Captain of the Navy. The talks concerned renewing the cooperation established under the Baltic Sea Military Academies Conference.

Establishing the International Association of Military Academies (IAMA) was an important element of the symposium, and we were among the founding members. The initiative of the Canadian Royal Military College Saint-Jean will facilitate closer and stronger cooperation between military universities worldwide.

The cooperation established during the meetings will primarily focus on improving the attractiveness of military studies for cadets and the scientific development of teaching staff.

ISoDoMA is organised in a two-year cycle and brings together representatives of institutions engaged in the education and training of officers. It was organised for the first time in 2007 on the initiative of the Korea Military Academy. Currently, the Symposium meetings are being held by the partner countries under the substantive direction of its initiator.


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