Baltic Defence College Empowers HCSC 2023 Students with Real-World Insights during Annual Study Trip

The Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) is pleased to announce the successful completion of the annual capstone study trip to Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn. The trip, which took place from 5 to 9 June, provided HCSC 2023 students with invaluable opportunities to engage with influential security, defence, and strategy experts, fostering discussions on deterrence, security challenges, and enhanced Baltic and Allied cooperation.

Throughout the study trip, the participating students actively interacted and networked with opinion-shapers and decision-makers in various fields. They explored topics such as deterrence gaps, security challenges, and potential pathways to deepen cooperation in the Baltic region and with allied nations. The first-hand knowledge gained during these discussions has significantly contributed to improving deterrence and resilience-related planning, enabling the development of practical solutions to address critical issues.

The program encompassed a comprehensive itinerary, featuring tours of parliaments, ministries of national defence, and defence forces institutions. Additionally, roundtable discussions with experts from ministries of foreign affairs, ministries of interior, think tanks, and specialized agencies offered valuable insights into the security landscape. These immersive experiences exemplify the Baltic Defence College's commitment to strengthening international cooperation.

By bridging classroom discussions with real-world applications, this study trip embodies the essence of the College's mission. It enables students to apply their knowledge in the Baltic capitals, addressing defence management challenges in a high-intensity format that is otherwise challenging to obtain.

The study trip also aligns with course learning objectives, fostering interactions with practitioners involved in defence, security, and strategy development and implementation. It provides a platform to discuss emerging trends in the security environment, with a particular focus on concerning trends in Russia. Moreover, the trip supports students in achieving the objectives of the final course module by facilitating professional discussions on deterrence requirements and challenges.

BALTDEFCOL extends its heartfelt gratitude to all the experts, officials, and high-level representatives who generously contributed their time, knowledge, and experiences to enrich the learning journey of our students.


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