The Defence Academy hosted its first ever Open Day on 1 November 2017.
Supported by the Development, Concept and Doctrine Centre and Defence Awarding Organisation, thirty-seven delegates attended from twenty-eight organisations, including the wider defence industry, government and local authorities. The event was hosted in the new, state-of-the-art, Heaviside collaboration space and lecture theatre.
The day started with a welcome address from Vice Admiral Duncan Potts, Director General Joint Force Development & Defence Academy, who explained the Defence Academy and the intention to work more closely with industry and partners across government. All of the schools and colleges explained the courses and educational programmes they deliver as part of the wider Defence Academy syllabus. Details were also given of the capability which exists to provide bespoke courses run by subject matter experts in their field and tailor-made to address specific customer needs. Former and current students offered their impressions of the Defence Policy to Capability module delivered as part of the Advanced Command and Staff Course and the Associate Member programme at the Royal College of Defence Studies. Both examples reinforce the benefits of being educated together.
Jeremy Greaves, Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Strategy from Airbus and current Member of the Royal College of Defence Studies said he was “astonished by the diversity of the speakers and the perspectives that they bring” and that it was “the best course, the most fascinating course I have ever been on…relationship building [was] by far the most important…[and] these are all the contacts that will help Airbus and me in my future career”.
Between presentations there were opportunities to network with representatives from the schools and colleges to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of what the Defence Academy has to offer. Sample talks were also given on aspects of the educational programme, such as cyber and resilience.
Mark Alexander, Defence Academy Operations Director rounded off the day by speaking on the need to further integrate customers from outside defence into existing Academy learning process whilst also stressing the benefits of military, wider government and industry learning together and from each other.
If you are interested in hearing more about the Open Day and future plans please contact the Defence Academy using the link at the top of the page.