International cooperation is, together with the teaching activities and scientific research, one of the main missions of the National Defence College.
With a view to achieving the western quality and performance standards in preparing the Romanian civil and military elites and to consolidating our country’s status as a NATO and EU member state, the international activity of the National Defence College is focused on three main directions:
- The Romanian National Defense College has maintained close relations with NATO Defense College from Rome. The head of the National Defence College has constantly participated at the Commandants Conference organized by NATO Defence , ever since the first editions of this important international event, when Romania was not a NATO member state yet;
- The Romanian National Defence College is member of the European Security and Defence (ESDC). It is an active actor in the teaching of ESCD, having organized ESDP orientation courses in Brussels (autumn 2007 and spring 2009) and will carry on, in cooperation with CASD in Italy, a module of a high-level course 2010;
- Under NATO auspices, the National Defence College is part of the research program „Science for peace " and is responsible for a project on the transformation of the defence, together with Bulgaria, Germany and F.R. Macedonia;
- The Romanian National Defence College participated at the cooperation program Partnership Action Plan - Defence Institution Building together with the Security Policy Center (GCSP) and the Democratic Control of The Armed forces Center in Geneva;
- The Romanian National Defence College has initiated a bilateral cooperation program with similar institutions from other NATO and EU member states and from countries that represent regions of strategic interest for Romania, „Academic dialogue on strategic themes of common interest ". In autumn 2008 took place the first stage of this program at the National Defence College of Israel, Tel Aviv;
- As a member of the Security Studies Institutes’ and Military Academies’ PfP Consortium, the National Defence College participates in the Black Sea regional working;
In order to modernize our teaching process, N.D.C. is permanently cooperating both with „George C. Marshall" Security Studies European Center from Gamisch Partenkirchen, and with EU’s Security Studies Institute in Paris.
- Starting from April 2009. has represented the Ministry of National Defence in the program „Black Sea Security" organized together Harvard University, USA , and Harvard Kennedy School din Boston.
Aiming at a better understating of the regional problems and at the promotion of the democratic principles and of the European security criteria NDC has undertaken frequent bilateral exchange relations with national defence colleges from Pakistan, Jordan Israel, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Turkey.
- The conference focused on „Western Balkans’' (France), „The Russian energetic sector and the need for natural resources " (Austria), „Global terrorism " (Israel), „Central European Forum for Military " (Czech Republic), the NATO international conference „Bucharest and beyond" (USA), "Black Sea Security Policy" (Germany), „Global security and Resilience" (Germany).
- „Research in SRC08 security and defence field " (France), Forum of the Eastern Studies Institute (Ukraine and Poland), EUISS’s annual conferences in Paris or the Counterterrorism Institute in Herzliyia are only a few of activities in which NDC has been represented over the last two years.
With a view to increase the quality and efficiency of the teaching process, NDC has carried on experience exchange visits with the Belgian Royal Institute for Defence Studies, Innere Fuhrung Center in Strausberg, Germany, Armed Forces’ Instruction Center in Slovenia, Military Academy of Slovakia, General Staff College of Bulgaria, National Security Academy in Turkey, National Defence College in Holland, the Greek National Defence College, the Jordan Royal National Defence College, National Defence College in Israel, Armed Forces, Military College in Azerbaijan.
In order to acquire a better understanding of the organization and tangible aspects of the main international security institutions NDC includes in its International Activities Plan study trips abroad. Our course members have benefited from the opportunity to assist to briefings at NATO Headquarter in Izmir, NATO General Headquarter, EU The European Parliament and Council in Brussels, SHAPE in Mons, Washington National Defence University or NATO Defence College in Roma.
For a better quality of the teaching activities, NDC invites foreign lecturers to deliver presentations for the course members in various tutorial modules. The lecturers invited came mainly from prestigious teaching institutions from USA, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Greece or different NATO and EU organisms and structures.
For the future, The National Defence College is interested in fulfilling its obligations in the international activities in which it is involved, in developing the existing programs but also in extending its international relations.