Opening Ceremony of the Joint Command and General Staff Course 2021-2022

On the 16th of August, the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) officially started the new Academic Year with the Official Opening Ceremony of the Joint Command and General Staff Course (JCGSC) 2021-2022.

This year 62 students representing 14 nations started their 11-month long academic journey here in Tartu, the city of Alma Mater and the city of “good thoughts”.

The JCGSC is BALTDEFCOL’s oldest course providing Professional Military Education at the operational level to prepare commanders and general staff officers and selected civil servants for joint, interagency, and multinational environments to meet the complex security challenges from Baltic and Euro-Atlantic perspectives.

Welcoming all BALTDEFCOL family members, Commandant Brigadier General Ilmar Tamm pointed out that within 22 years College has grown and developed significantly. He added that he is pleased to note that several graduates have been returned, and have joined with the faculty as teachers.

Addressing the JCGSC students, the Commandant encouraged setting reasonable goals for themselves. “Be innovative and flexible in finding the ways and means how to achieve them”, he continued and added that it is adult learning, so the beauty and the pain of learning something new depend on self-motivation. BG Tamm urged students to act as Ambassadors of their countries and defence forces and to establish personal connections, share experiences and knowledge.

The Commandant stressed for the Faculty that education is our main efforts mentorship and supervision should focus on influencing the course participants’ leadership skills potential and broadening critical thinking on current security and defence-related topics.

The Official Ceremony ended with the quote from a book written almost 100 years ago: "Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved," by Winnie the Pooh.

The BALTDEFCOL family sends warm welcomes to all our new students, and we all wish you a successful academic journey! Follow our Code of Conduct – respect our BALTDEFCOL family members, take responsibility, be open and have fun!

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