Jazlyn Melnychuk and Cornel Turdeanu, Field School managers, outside NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

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SFU and NATO Defense College sign Memorandum of Understanding

June 01, 2018
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Simon Fraser University and the NATO Defense College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a NATO field school program this summer.

The SFU NATO Field School MARKS the first time a civilian university will be allowed to use NATO Defense College facilities and hold a high-level simulation.

The MOU was signed by Lt.-Gen Chris Whitecross, Commandant of the NATO Defense College, and Simon Fraser University President Andrew Petter. Through this MOU, the two institutions will coordinate scheduling, resources, mentorship and site visits for the 2018 SFU NATO Field School and Simulation Program.

The upper-level program is available to undergraduate and graduate students in Canada and involves learning directly from top-level NATO mentors and military officers. Students will also experience a four-day simulation that replicates how NATO nations seek political consensus to respond to a United Nations request for assistance in a humanitarian crisis.

“This innovative program will provide students across Canada with the opportunity to receive a world-class, interdisciplinary educational experience with lifelong value,” says political science professor Alexander Moens. “The combination of comprehensive coursework and immersive learning is a first for both SFU and the NATO Defense College.”

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