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By Universität der Bundeswehr München Public Affairs

MUNICH (July 25, 2016) – During a short ceremony July 25,  President of the University of the Bundeswehr Munich Prof. Merith Niehuss and the director of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Keith Dayton signed a memorandum of agreement promising continued close cooperation between the two institutions in the field of international security policy.

This memorandum of understanding between the Marshall Center and the Universität der Bundeswehr München (UniBwM) replaced the previous six year agreement and agreed to extensive intensive cooperation a permanent basis.

"I am very pleased with the close cooperation of our University with the GCMC and in particular on the co-sponsored Master's program in International Security Studies. This program is due to its exclusivity and internationality, a flagship program of our university and we are proud to have now graduated over 40 graduates. Here is a truly global network of experts in international security policy, which is becoming increasingly important in times of international conflict and terrorist attacks,” said Niehuss.

Dayton stressed the importance of the formal relationship between the two institutions and what it means for their respective nations. 

"Today's ceremony is important Because it signifies the recommitment of the U.S. Dept. of Defense and the German Ministry of Defense to work together to engage tomorrow's leaders through international educational programs. The professional relationships formed through this partnership are not only at important investment to the students’ respective nations but also contributes to the U.S. and German Governments' desire for a more peaceful and stable world,” said Dayton.

The cooperation between the GCMC and UniBwM expresses itself most particularly in the postgraduate Master Program "International Security Studies", which is supported by the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences of UniBwM and the College of International and Security Studies of GCMC. The program debuted in 2010.

"The special combination of university teaching by UniBwM with practical modules of the Marshall Center in an international environment and in a small group of master's students characterized MISS from - this model is now referred to in academia’s strategic community as the "Garmisch model", “ said MISS Program Director Prof. Ralf Roloff.

Students complete the degree during nine months at the Marshall Center.  Here, students work and live alongside other students and participants from more than 150 nations.  They complete the program by writing a master's thesis about current security issues. 

More information on the MISS program can be found online.