Starting in autumn 2015, Frontex will be offering the first European master’s degree programme in Strategic Border Management, a unique European higher education offer dedicated to support the leaders of border guard organisations in developing strategies to jointly manage border security challenges at an EU level and enhancing cooperation and interoperability at the EU borders.
During the 1.5 years programme, the mid-high level managers of the BG organizations will have the opportunity to advance best practice in border management by learning together in a context that reflects operational realities, reinforces the European dimension of border guard work and builds a higher level of common organisational culture. The programme focuses on strategic leadership and European cooperation and contributes to leaders’ development, aiming to promote a culture of shared EU values including fundamental rights and professional ethics within the European border guard organizations.
High profile academics and experienced border guard specialists from over twenty EU member states and other Frontex partner organisations were working together under Frontex’s lead for over 2 years, to develop a European curriculum applicable to all. The curriculum integrates a professional applied perspective with academic standards, where the learning has a practical application to the border guard organizations – the ultimate beneficiaries of this programme.
Six universities are committed to jointly deliver this programme, in close collaboration with border guard academies and training centres (Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, Distance Learning University of Spain (UNED) in cooperation with the Academy of Guardia Civil of Spain, University of Salamanca in cooperation with the Academy of National Police of Spain, the Defence Academy of the Netherlands in cooperation with Royal Marechaussee, Rezeknes Augstskola University in cooperation with the Latvian Border Guard State College and Mykolas Romeris University of Lithuania in cooperation with the Border Guard State Service).
During ED4BG 2014, the Consortium Agreement between the Academic Partners and Frontex will be signed, marking the end of the development process and the beginning of the programme’s implementation. The first admission procedures will start in early 2015 for the first Master’s degree programme and the first successful graduates of the Master’s programme will celebrate their graduation ceremony in June 2017.
Ilkka Laitinen, Executive Director, Frontex
Prof. Bairbre Redmond, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Deputy Vice President of Teaching and Learning, University College Dublin, Ireland
Prof. Dr. Henrik Rudolph, Dean of the Faculty of Military Sciences (FMS), Netherlands Defence Academy