GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany – The first five students enrolled in the Master in International Security Studies program completed work April 3 at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.
During a ceremony in the Marshall Center’s large plenary, the students received a certificate from the center that signified their work here was completed. They will receive their diploma – a master’s degree in international security studies -- from the Bundeswehr University in Munich, Germany.
The graduates are: Army Majors John P. Friel, Timothy A. Krambs, and Jeremy E. Lane, foreign area officers; Monica D. Radu of Romania; and Dina Al Raffie, Egypt. A sixth student, Lt. Col. Mehmet Salar of Turkey, will finish his studies at the end of April.
German State Secretary Christian Schmidt and Professor (Dr.) Merith Niehuss, president of the Bundeswehr University, served as the keynote speakers.
“This first year seems to be the beginning of a wonderful partnership,” Schmidt told the graduates. “There is plenty of space for innovative solutions in the security studies arena.”
Thirteen students are confirmed for the next MISS session. Niehuss said the robust attendance is a good sign. “It will deepen. It will grow. We are very content with this,” the university president said.
Dr. Ralf Roloff oversees the MISS program for the Marshall Center. He said he couldn’t be happier for the graduates and finishing the first iteration of the program. “This was a great event because it completed a six years project of hard work! That tells you something about the dimension - transforming something like this program from an idea into reality.
The Marshall Center joins other Defense Department institutions offering a master’s degree program to a worldwide audience, including the National Defense University in Washington D.C., and the Naval Postgraduate School in California.
Graduates are then linked to the Marshall Center’s 8,000 alumni members from 125 countries via an electronic global network as well as specific outreach events and conferences.