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RRU, Canadian Forces College work together to further officer education

July 27, 2012

Victoria – Royal Roads University and the Canadian Forces College (CFC) today announced an agreement that will further post-secondary opportunities at the university for officers in the Canadian Forces.

The agreement recognizes the Joint Command and Staff Programme (JCSP) curriculum. All post-2009 JCSP graduates are eligible for 12 credits – one-third of the requirements – towards a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University.

“This agreement builds on the rich heritage of leadership and excellence at Royal Roads since its time as a military college,” said Dr. Allan Cahoon, president and vice-chancellor of Royal Roads University. “Not only do we recognize the value of the JCSP courses, but also the strong leadership, managerial skills and experience the graduates bring to the table.”

Dr. Cahoon noted that due to the nature of service by Canadian Forces members, studies may have to be interrupted from time to time. “Royal Roads understands members need a program that can accommodate their realities,” Dr. Cahoon said. “This agreement provides the flexibility and continuity needed by Canadian Forces students in a way that is unique to Royal Roads.”

“This initiative provides an excellent opportunity for senior military leaders to expand upon their comprehensive JCSP studies in leadership, command, international theory and advanced joint military planning,” said Brigadier General Craig Hilton, commandant of the Canadian Forces College. “The Royal Roads curriculum in leadership, emergency management, human security, peacebuilding and conflict analysis permits JCSP graduates to extend their studies in key areas, thereby enhancing their credentials as military and national security professionals.”

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies provides students with an opportunity to customize an innovative course of study and research applied to a specific career interest that draws from two or more programs offered through the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences, the Centre for Applied Leadership and Management and the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Royal Roads’ blended learning model allows students to pursue their studies online along with short on-campus residencies. Under this agreement learners may also opt to do their coursework entirely online. To complete the degree, students can do a major project, a thesis or coursework exclusively.

Royal Roads has welcomed over 700 Canadian Forces and Department of National Defence learners who have taken various certificate, undergraduate, graduate programs offered by the university. Approximately 100 military students enrol at Royal Roads annually.

You can read about more Royal Roads and Department of National Defence education agreements here.

Royal Roads University was established by the Province of British Columbia in 1995 specifically to deliver quality applied and professional programs. The university blends online and on-campus learning with current, real-world relevance for doctorate, graduate and undergraduate degrees, certificates, diplomas, executive, custom and continuing education.

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