The Military and Defence Studies Program offered by the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) has been awarded the 2016 Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Education for Programs that Enhance Learning.
The award was accepted by Professor Daniel Marston on the behalf of SDSC, in a ceremony attended by Major General Simone Wilkie and Australian Command and Staff College (ACSC) staff and students at the Australian Defence College (ADC) last month.
The Military and Defence Studies Program is a fully-integrated postgraduate course developed by an academic team from the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs and the ACSC military directing staff. The program is taught intensively and on-site at the ADC.
The Award for Excellence in Education honours the finest teachers and teaching programs on offer across the University. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, speaking at the ceremony, said the partnership between ADC and ANU represents the ‘dream team’ for future military leaders.
“The Australian Defence Force (ADF) and ANU have created a unique opportunity for mid-career officers and Defence personnel to develop the creative talent that provides the basis of Australian joint-military capability and leadership now and into the future,” she said.
The academically-rigorous program, which balances applied military, strategic and defence studies with vocational requirements created specifically for the ADF by the SDSC in cooperation with military directing staff, also received praise from Air Commodore Matt Hegarty, Commandant ACSC.
“There are many people in the ADF and in the ANU who work to make this course what it is. They never stop looking for ways to improve the course. Today we have the pleasure of recognising the very dedicated team under Professor Dan,” he said.
Find out more about the Military and Defence Studies Program at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre.