The European Union Military Academies Commandants’ Seminar

Between 08-12 November 2023, BG.Prof.Eng. Ghita Barsan, PhD, the Commandant (Rector) of “Nicolae Balcescu” Land Forces Academy of Sibiu and Colonel Vasile Caruțașu (Vice-Rector for Programmes and International Relations) attended the 14th edition of the European Union Military Academies Commandants’ Seminar (EUMACS 2023), hosted by the Air Force Academy in San Javier, Spain, together with other commandants and representatives of military academies from the European Union.

EUMACS is an event organized annually by one of the military academies from the country holding the Presidency of the European Union and its main purpose is to inform commandants, rectors, superintendents etc., from the military higher education institutions in the European Union, about the issues raised at the level of the Implementation Group and the European Security and Defense College, in view of identifying the most effective ways of communicating between military academies in Europe and strengthening cooperation relations between them.

At this year’s edition, the topics addressed were: the issue of training and shaping future officers for the new frontiers - space and cyberspace, as well as the influence and consequences of the war in Ukraine on the training of future officers and the lessons learned from this conflict, and the need to adapt armies to the current challenges of this war. The conclusions drawn from the discussion of these topics in 3 discussion groups aimed to identify the challenges facing military higher education institutions in the European Union, in particular in terms of training future officers, and possible solutions to these challenges that can be effectively implemented in their training and education process.

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