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Ambassador Renatas Norkus Speaks at 29th ITC / 9th MAS Graduation Ceremony

The graduation ceremony of the 29th International Training Course in Security Policy (ITC) and the 9th Master of Advanced Studies in International and European Security (MAS) took place on the 28th of May 2015.

The ceremony was opened by Ambassador Christian Dussey, and the GCSP was delighted to welcome Ambassador Renatas Norkus, Director of the Transatlantic Cooperation & Security Policy Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania and an alumnus of the 1993/94 ITC course. Ambassador Norkus provided an insightful keynote address on “The Challenges and Opportunities for National Security Policy in 2015: The Case of Lithuania”

The ceremony continued with the handover of the certificates and awards by Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, Deputy Director and Academic Dean of the GCSP and Dr Siobhan Martin, Course Manager.

René Schwok, Associate Professor at the Global Studies Institute of the University of Geneva, then welcomed the Master of Advanced Studies graduates, and the diplomas were given to the new alumni of both the GCSP and University of Geneva by Professor Schwok and Dr Caty Clément, as MAS Directors.

The ceremony concluded with an address from Ms Almakan Orozobekov on behalf of the 2014/15 class.

The eight-month ITC course, which began in October 2014, welcomed 22 participants from 18 countries, including Myanmar, Iran and Colombia for the first time. The ITC, which is designed to educate and exercise the capacity for critical intelligence, prepares participants for leadership roles either within their national administrations or international organisations, and this year was entitled: “Facing Traditional and Emerging Challenges”. The focus on leadership has been developed for the upcoming 2015/16 edition, which has become the Leadership in International Security Course (LISC).

The participants had the opportunity to listen to over 100 guest speakers and take part in negotiation, media and several political-military exercises throughout the course. They also enjoyed study trips to numerous international and national institutions in Geneva, Basel and Paris.

They were also present for the 20th Anniversary Celebrations of the GCSP, as we welcomed more than 300 participants including alumni from past years of the ITC.

We wish the graduates of 2014/2015 continued success in their future endeavours, and look forward to our continued relationship with them through the GCSP Alumni Association and events.