International cooperation - scope
The main platforms of War Studies University activity in terms of international cooperation are:
- bilateral and multilateral relations;
- international organizations which include Poland;
- associations focused on cooperation in the sphere of teaching and scientific research.
The closest bilateral partners of the War Studies University are universities from countries being our strategic partners. In the multilateral formula of the University, attention is focused mainly on the issues discussed among the Visegrad Group. Amidst various forms of bilateral and multilateral cooperation, military exercises have gained relevance for the University (based on computer simulation or carried out in the real environment) posing an integral part of the teaching process. It is worth emphasizing that some of these exercises (conducted at the University or in foreign military colleges) are firmly embedded in wider cooperation.
The War Studies University takes an active part in works conducted in such sectors as science and education of the most significant international organizations. Within NATO organization it concerns mainly sub-groups for individual trainings and education development (which is one of the elements of the NATO Training Group), the NATO Defense College from Rome as well as other expert bodies. The European Security and Defence College (ESDC) inside the European Union is the main illustration of the participation where a permanent representative of the University is included in the Executive Board.
Since its beginning the War Studies University is extremely active among associations ori-ented towards didactic and scientific cooperation. The Central European Forum on Military Education (CEFME) is an informal association of universities of defence covering the area from the Baltic Sea to the Adriatic and the Black Sea. Its essential aim is to provide the best conditions for successful implementation of various forms of cooperation. On the other hand, the International Society of Military Sciences (ISMS) brings together universi-ties from Western and Northern Europe and from Canada. The Society has created and de-veloped a platform to publish research and teaching staff’s achievements not only from affiliated universities but also from other continents.
The War Studies University is open to lectures presented by world-famous visiting professors in the field of defence and international security. With this regard the University closely cooperates with the Ministry of National Defence, being engaged in widerranging initiatives for example Security and International Relations or Professorial chairs “ad hoc”.
An important part of cooperation with foreign partners is education and training of the officers from other countries. On the basis of agreements concluded by the Ministry of National Defence, foreign officers taking part in specialized courses held both in Polish and English come to the University. They can also take part in the English and Polish languages courses.
Another distinct part of foreign cooperation of the War Studies University is the Erasmus+ Program. On the basis of the University Erasmus Card and with a constantly growing budget (which scholarships are paid from), the University allows its students to take up studies (from 3 to 12 months) and internships (from 2 to 12 months) in foreign universities and other partner institutions. Under the Erasmus Program, academic teachers conduct classes with students abroad and all university employees can gain new experience during study tours.
The War Studies University maintains cooperation with other schools realizing innovative programs for uniformed students. The University’s authorities have signed 86 cooperation agreements with 103 schools teaching students in uniforms from all over Poland. In the current year, the academy staff - with the aim of uniformed classes - released their first text-book for secondary schools: "Security of the State - an outline of the issues."