International cooperation is one of the pillars of the mission statement of the Royal Military Academy, for students as well as for staff.
The mobility of the students is encouraged in order to familiarise them with multinational organisations and frameworks inherent to their officer’s career.
Staff’ mobility is also encouraged to provide broader academic and pedagogical insight. The development of an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach with the focus on specialised niches belonging to broader research projects is central for the RMA.
RMA’s internationalisation also contributes to the renown of our institution at home and abroad and concretise itself in:
- the exchange of students, researchers and lecturers both within and outside the Erasmus partnership;
- the providing of academic and organisational support to foreign partner institutions;
- the active participation in the EMILYO project: the “European Initiative for the Exchange of Young Officers, inspired by Erasmus”;
- the exploration of an advanced cooperation and integration of European military academies within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
Criteria for partnership
The Academy highly values international cooperation with military academies or civilian institutions specialised in domains closely related to its academic programme.
Positive experiences, based on feedback given by graduate students, teachers and staff, often lead to further cooperation where possible. The opportunity for interdisciplinary cooperation is also a decisive factor in the choice between potential partners.
Lastly, the School attaches importance to the principle of reciprocity, although it is not a conditio sine qua non.
Objectives and target groups
Our goal is to create international openness on an academic and professional level. This happens through the European Higher Education Area on academic level and through the international framework of EU, NATO and UN on professional level.
Mobility contributes to improved cultural and social skills of students and staff and is a way to develop quality education and research. It also promotes RMA at home and abroad.
Master students, professors, teachers and researchers are the main target group of our mobility plan.
Geographical zone of interest
Thanks to Bologna, European education institutions have organised their system on a three-cycle basis: undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies. This leads to EU harmonisation and facilitates the exchange of cadets and staff.
For the military education of cadets, the school cooperates with EU and NATO member states.
Within the framework of the Belgian foreign policy, the RMA also benefits from a wide range of relationships with countries from Central and North Africa.
The school contributes to doctoral joint degrees: all PhD’s at RMA are organised jointly with another Belgian or foreign university.
At undergraduate or graduate level, various courses are organised in cooperation with foreign partner institutions. Some examples are the Common Security and Defence Policy courses, modules of maritime and aviation sciences, law of armed conflicts…