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Head of College overview

The National Security College was announced as a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Government and The Australian National University (ANU) in December 2009. It was formally launched on 24 April 2010 and began delivery of its programs in June that year.

The vision for the National Security College is to build, through its core activities and the attributes of its graduates, enhanced strategic understanding and critical thinking about Australia’s national security. The College will pursue these purposes in ways that promote collaborative leadership within government as well as trusted networks of cooperation between areas of expertise within and outside government.

The College aims to:

  • contribute productively to the development of leadership skills within the national security community
  • promote greater shared awareness of Australia’s emerging risks, threats and opportunities as well as to the development of risk strategies
  • promote the development, and build links among a new generation of strategic analysts, policy officers and researchers within and outside government
  • develop as a world-class education and research institution in the field of national security studies
  • further enhance the role of the ANU as a strategic endowment for the nation and
  • achieve effective outreach to business and the wider community

The College is committed to pursuing these objectives by enhancing strategic understanding, critical thinking and collaborative leadership within and beyond the national security community; by building trusted networks of interaction between government and non-government expertise; and by broadening the base on which policy practitioners in the national security community can draw in developing public policy advice for decision-making.

The College is committed to pursuing these objectives by enhancing strategic understanding, critical thinking and collaborative leadership within and beyond the national security community

The College aims to implement this vision by encouraging best-practice analysis and teaching on national security policy issues, by relevant skills development and by creating a learning framework built on open intellectual exchange and professional experience. These objectives are being pursued through:

  • Executive and Professional Development activities for Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments officials at the Senior Executive, Executive and Public Service Officer levels;
  • Academic activities open to all applicants that include Graduate Studies, Doctoral and non-award programs;
  • Research activities; and
  • Outreach activities, including interaction with Commonwealth, State and Territory governments, business groups, the broader community and comparable international institutions.

The ANU’s Strategic Plan, ANU by 2020, aims to build on the distinctive excellence of the University in research, in education and as a resource for the nation. This Plan includes short and long term goals as well as benchmarks for success which will help the ANU advance its reputation for excellence in research, teaching and public policy. The National Security College is already contributing to these goals, and it is committed to broadening and deepening that contribution in the future.

Professor Rory Medcalf
Head of College

Updated:  17 April 2015/ Responsible Officer:  Head of College, National Security College/ Page Contact:  Web administrator, National Security College