NDC celebrates annual day

MUSCAT: The National Defence College (NDC) marked its annual day which falls on January 8th of each year. The College has supplied the public, military, security and civil organisations with a number of strategic decision makers. The College, which is the most elite academic and strategic institution, is mandated with the task of providing a generation of Omanis who can study the strategic thinking and planning on the national, regional and international levels in areas related to security, defence and strategic decision making. The NDC has been established as per the Royal Decree No 2013 and was officially opened on December 11th 2013. The first batch graduated on July 20th.
Maj General Salim bin Musallam Qattan, Commandant of the NDC said: “The College is one of the fruits of the blessed and victorious Renaissance under the wise leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. The College is the most elite academic institution for strategic studies in defence and security fields in the Sultanate. The establishment of the College reflects the care accorded by the government of His Majesty the Sultan to developing Omani human resources in the different fields and at all levels’. The NDC managed to secure elite status among similar colleges in the world; thanks to its success in implementing the vision, mission and objectives outlined by the Royal Decree establishing it.
893458The academic affiliation between the College and Sultan Qaboos University, which was stated in the Royal Decree No 2/2013, has brought shared benefits for both organisations. The agreement signed between the two institutions highlighted the scope of cooperation and academic accreditation between them.
The College, which is academically affiliated to SQU, provides one year full courses to officers at the Sultan’s Armed Forces and other security agencies, as well as to senior officials at the state’s administrative apparatus.
The NDC aims to prepare and develop strategic studies in the areas of security and defence according to accredited plans and programs, develop the strategic thinking, analytical capacity, strategic planning skills, formulation of national policies and decision making in the areas of security and defence and developing the ability to unify, integrate and coordinate national efforts in all fields within a comprehensive national framework.
It also  aims to prepare and qualify military, security and civil leaders to enable them to take up general military, security and civil positions at the strategic level, provide academic environment that stimulates creativity and learning, in strategic studies in the areas of  security and defence, develop awareness and understanding with national security issues,  develop the ability to manage crises, according to scientific methodology plans and  conduct research and studies and to develop researching skills in the areas of security and defence. — ONA