The 16th New issues in Security Course (NISC) graduation ceremony took place on 12 June 2015 at the GCSP.
The ceremony began with a welcome address by the Director of the GCSP, Ambassador Christian Dussey, to the distinguished guests: the 16th NISC participants, senior representatives from permanent missions to the United Nations, families and friends.
Brigadier General Germaine J.F. Seewer, Chief of the Swiss Armed Forces Personnel, delivered the keynote speech.
Brigadier General Seewer congratulated the participants on having graduated from the NISC. She encouraged them to apply the knowledge they have gained and pointed to the individual responsibility of each participant to use the course take-aways in their daily responsibilities. She recognised that while mistakes in professional life were possible, it was crucial not to repeat the same errors and not be discouraged by failure but rather to take bold action.
Participants received certificates in Global Peace and Security from Ambassador Dussey, Brigadier General Seewer and the NISC Director, Dr Christina Schori Liang.
The NISC is a two-month course designed to meet the demands of a rapidly changing global security environment. It trains promising mid-level officials with the objective of equipping each participant both to understand the complexities of, and linkages between, the leading security challenges and to respond to them more effectively, cooperatively and compassionately.
This year, the course brought together 21 participants from 19 countries, including, for the first time, Cameroon and Peru.
Participants received an intensive diet of lectures from some 50 speakers, panel briefings, skills and training exercises, and special platform events, allowing a true learning community to flourish over the period of the course.
In addition, the course included study trips to Bern, and INTERPOL, as well as to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.
The 16th NISC participants are now part of GCSP's Alumni Community.