26 Aug 15
Starting the Second Semester
After two weeks of Academic Break, the NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) started the second semester on 24 August 2015, with nine different courses and more than 330 students from 36 different nations. In addition to the NSO staff, 43 guest speakers shared their experience in their field of expertise with the students. For the second semester, NSO has planned new programs, Mobile Education Training Teams, conferences and a huge variety of resident courses."NSO is starting the second half of an incredibly productive academic year and we have enjoyed strong growth in a number of new programs– including the Joint Targeting Interoperability Curriculum (JTIC). These programs ensure that NSO remains at the forefront of providing relevant individual education and training to support Alliance operations", Captain Scott Butler, USA-N, Commandant of NSO.
With the start of the second half of the academic year, NSO can look back on a successful first semester. From January 2015 to July 2015, more than 4,400 students from 79 different nations graduated resident courses at NSO. Within seven months, NSO offered 86 different resident courses with a total number of 137 iterations. In addition, 660 total students attended one of 18 Mobile Education Training Teams (METT) conducted by NSO staff in different countries all over the world. Captain Scott Butler highlighted NSO’s variety within a short interview: "The groundbreaking courses we conducted to support the African Union in Addis Ababa, as well as our hosting of upcoming symposia that bring Iraqi Leaders, US European Command Senior Leaders, and NATO Partners to Oberammergau clearly demonstrate that NSO is fully-engaged to enhance interoperability across the spectrum.”
In addition to resident courses and METTs, NSO has hosted 14 conferences with more than 900 attendees and conducted 31 ADL online modules in the first term of 2015. After looking back on a productive first semester, NSO is looking forward to a successful and exciting second semester.
This summer, I’ve had the pleasure of welcoming the largest number of new staff to Oberammergau since I assumed command. They and their families are joining the NATO School Oberammergau at an exciting time.