National Asian Security Studies Program (NASSP)

NASSP Summary

The National Asian Security Studies Program (NASSP) seeks to strengthen regional networks, mutual understanding, and governmental capacity via a mix of roundtable discussions with visiting delegations, the convening of policy relevant conferences on critical issues, readable and accessible publications, and its Executive Education Curriculum. The latter component is critical to the operation of the NASSP and, aside from its tailored Professional Development Courses, the Program provides accredited education through a mix of Executive Short Courses (1 week, 2-week, and 3-month options) and an Executive Master of Strategy and Security.

The Executive Education Curriculum is delivered via three tailored solutions:

1. Professional Development Courses (PDCs) 

Primary Clientele: Government agencies from Australia and Embassies based in Canberra

UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy offers around 100 professional development courses each year. From 2015, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) started to contribute to this vital area through the development and provision of specialised courses and workshops. Areas of expertise include great power rivalry and the regional orders of East Asia and the Indo-Pacific; national defence planning and policy; domestic and foreign policy analysis for specific countries (e.g. Indonesia, Myanmar, Brunei, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Russia and the United States); aid, state capacity and governance in developing nations; cybersecurity; and non-traditional security issues (e.g. transnational crime, pandemics, natural disasters, and human security). Tailored or issue-specific PDCs can be assembled to meet the needs of specific government agencies — whether from Australia or abroad.

Next PDC open to general enrolments: ‘Understanding Indonesia’s Contemporary Strategic Thinking’ (20-25 February 2017)
 
The course is innovatively designed to capture complexity in understanding Indonesia as a country with mixture of a cultural orthodoxy due to a long history of struggle, well-regarded foreign policy activism, decentralized democracy, and vibrant emerging Middle Power. This five-day course will combine various learning methods, including: individual lectures, expert panel discussion (roundtables), a simulation exercise, and stimulating group exercises.

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2. Executive Short Courses (ESCs) – Click Here for more detailed information

Primary Clientele: Government agencies from Australia and the Indo-Pacific

One of the flagship ESCs is the 2-week ‘National Security Challenges and Policies in the Indo-Pacific’. Seminars and other activities in this ESC will be provided by key Australian policy makers, international government officials, and academics. In the context of the full range of one-week, two-week and three-month ESCs on offer, these courses provide an interactive learning experience addressing the nexus of the economic, political, and security spheres together with the formulation of best practice policy. The ESCs will be offered in both graded and ungraded modes to include candidates who will make a significant contribution to the class but do not meet formal University admission requirements – e.g. due to minor deficiencies in English language proficiency. Those enrolled in an ‘assessed mode’ will receive an academic transcript that can be used for entry (and potential credit) into the executive Masters in Strategy and Security. The ESCs are tailored for, but not exclusive to, mid- to senior-level government officials from across the Indo-Pacific.

ESC1: National Security Challenges and Policies in the Indo-Pacific (2-weeks) 
Places available: applications for Enrolment currently being considered for the 11-23 June 2017 course
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ESC2: Asian Security, Diplomacy and Policy Approaches (3-months)
Places available: applications for Enrolment currently being considered for the 5 March-26 May 2017 course
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ESC3: Introduction to National Security Challenges and Policies (1-week)
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3. Executive Master of Strategy and Security – Click Here for more detailed information

Primary Clientele: Government agencies from Australia and the Indo-Pacific

Duration (3-months on campus, balance online)

Location: Australian Defence Force Academy (Canberra)

This degree introduces students to the discipline of security studies and applies it for the purpose of analysing the traditional and non-traditional security environments of the Indo-Pacific. Graduates will have an enhanced understanding of the nexus of security, economic development, state capacity and good governance. In the process, a comparative approach to best practice policy formulation in developed and developing nations will be considered. The policy oriented nature of the executive Masters in Strategy and Security appeals to agencies seeking to build the capacity and expertise of their staff and, for the participants, those that wish to obtain the necessary skills and qualifications for career advancement. Moreover, the executive degree is particularly attractive for government agencies and staff as it provides a highly effective balance between on-campus (i.e. in-country experience) and flexible on-line learning (with associated benefits concerning degree costs and a study-work-life balance). Nevertheless, the on-campus component remains critical for the provision of (a) peer-to-peer learning; and (b) direct contact with senior officials from the Australian government, international government officials, and world-class scholars.

Places available: applications for Enrolment currently being considered for Semester 1 in 2017 (commencing 5 March)
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