International Relations


The National Defense College carries out an extensive activity of international cooperation with similar institutions from the partner states. `The College is an active partner in the field of international cooperation. Institutional involvement takes various forms, from supporting international partnerships to signing bilateral agreements with various institutions. The College supports the promotion of cooperation with NATO and EU states, as well as with states with similar security visions, in order to strengthen the regional and Euro-Atlantic security culture.

With a view to achieving the western quality and performance standards in preparing the Romanian civil and military elites in the field of security and defence, the international activity of the National Defence College is focused on five main directions: 


carte1. Permanent cooperation with similar Western Institutions, especially from NATO and EU member states.

- The National Defense College (NDC) has traditionally maintained close institutional ties with the NATO Defense College in Rome. The leadership of NDC and the students from the postgraduate program "Current issues of national security" had the opportunity to participate in the modular course "Centers of Power" organized in Rome in 2019.
- NDC is a member of the European Security and Defense College (ESDC), where it plays an active part. Some of the most important international cooperation projects are the organization of the "Orientation Course", held in Brussels in 2017, 2019, 2020 and of a module of the "High Level Course" held in Bucharest in 2019.

- Also, in order to modernize the educational process, NDC cooperates permanently with "George C. Marshall" European Center for Security Studies. In 2018 and 2019 the students of the National Defense College have the opportunity to participate in the course "Eastern European Security", held in Gamisch- Partenkirchen.



carte2. Developing a close cooperation with countries from the Great Middle East and from the Black Sea Region


- 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.






carte3. Participation in international conferences, workshops and working groups on defence and security issues


- Conference on "Western Balkans" (France), "Russian energy sector and the need for natural resources" (Austria), "Global terrorism" (Israel), "Central European Military Education Forum" (Czech Republic), NATO conference "Bucharest and beyond" (USA), "Black Sea Security Policy" (Germany), "Global security and Resilience" (Germany).





carte4. Experience exchanges with similar international institutions străinătate, bilateral visits and study trips.

- With a view to increase the quality and efficiency of the teaching process, The National Defence College has carried out mutual visits and exchanges of experience with the Royal Institute for Defense Studies in Belgium, Innere Fuhrung Center in Strausberg / Germany, Armed Forces Training Center in Slovenia, Military Academy of Slovakia, Bulgarian General Staff, National Security Academy of Turkey, National Defense College of the Netherlands, Greek National Defense College of Greece, Royal National Defense College of Jordan, National Defense College of Israel, Military College of The Armed Forces of Azerbaijan.

- In order to better understand how the main international security institutions are organized, how they operate and the current problems they face, NDC organizes study and documentation visits abroad. The students have had the opportunity to participate in security briefings at the NATO Headquarters, the European Parliament and the EU Council in Brussels, at the SHAPE headquarters in Mons, at the National Defense University in Washington, at the NATO Defense College in Rome and at the "George C. Marshall" European Center for Security Studies in Gamisch-Partenkirchen.



carte5. Inviting foreign experts and specialists to deliver presentations in NDC.

- In order to ensure a high quality level of the educational process, NDC   invites foreign lecturers who deliver presentations to students in the training program modules. The guest lecturers who have stood out through very well-documented and extremely interesting lectures come from prestigious educational institutions in the USA, France, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Greece, China or from various NATO and EU agencies.
- In the future, The National Defense College intends both to continue and develop its ongoing cooperation programs, and to expand and diversify its international relations while enhancing the quality of the education.