European Joint Master’s in Strategic Border Management
‘The common European border guard culture needs leadership’
The activities of Frontex in the field of border guard education aim to promote a European border guard culture with high standards on fundamental rights, ethics and leadership. The rationale for developing a European joint master’s programme is to be found in the aim of Frontex to develop common European learning standards for border guard officers (common core curricula), and the necessity to create frameworks for engaging law enforcement officers in various forms of exchange and mobility programmes and to contribute to the development of a common culture and common approach to European border security, in accordance with Frontex’s mandate in the field of border guard training.
The rationale for developing European Joint Master’s in Strategic Border Management has its roots in Frontex regulation which stipulates the development of common European learning standards for Border Guard Officers (common core curricula). It is also informed by the Stockholm Programme that emphasizes the necessity to create frameworks for engaging law enforcement officers in various forms of exchange and mobility programmes, to contribute to the development of a common culture and common approach to European border security, in accordance with Frontex mandate in the field of Border Guard training.
The European Joint Master’s in Strategic Border Management is a unique opportunity to study in a joint programme where the leading expertise is drawn from across the European Union (EU), valuing cooperation between operational and academic approaches and encouraging peer-learning.
The ethos of the programme has at its core the enhancement of interoperability at EU borders and harmonisation of learning and professional standards whilst respecting diversity, in line with the Bologna process. The master’s is inclusive of international expertise for delivery of the programme and is accessible to all EU organisations with a border guard function. The programme is designed in accordance with the highest standards of higher education in the European Higher Education Area as a programme where the learning has practical application for the Member States (MS) and Schengen Associated Countries (SAC) Border Guard organisations, who are the ultimate beneficiaries.
The need to achieve a European border guard (BG) common culture resides in the BG organisations’ role as drivers of organisational culture and organisational change, to promote a culture within the organisations that integrates shared EU values and facilitates that border guards at all levels (from front-line operational officers to specialists and managers) work together and that they understand and apply common practices and EU procedures, therefore increasing the deployability of BG experts in joint operations. The programme’s focus on strategic leadership and European cooperation contributes to BG organisations development in this respect.
This European Joint Masters in Strategic Border Management constitutes 90 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits. The duration of the programme is 18 months, during which the students study in a different institution together with their peers in the classroom. It is delivered over three stages. Each stage represents one semester of full-time study, carrying 30 ECTS credits.
Upon graduation, the students are awarded a joint diploma of a European Joint Master’s in Strategic Border Management that is signed by all the academic partners and recognised as a master’s degree internationally.
Common culture and best expertise from across the EU
The programme supports an integrated strategic and intelligence-driven approach to border management. It aims to apply management principles to organisational development. It promotes European harmonisation and the interoperability of border guard activities by training the future leaders in the light of common European learning standards, philosophy and values.
The teachers are academics and experienced operational officers from all across the EU that have an outstanding ability to transfer their knowledge, skills and competences to the students in an interactive and applied manner.
Academic and professional excellence
The European Joint Master’s in Strategic Border Management has been developed under the lead of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex). Over 20 Member States (MS), Schengen associated countries (SACs) and partner organisations joined their efforts, knowledge and experience to create a European border guard higher education.
The programme is delivered by a consortium of Frontex and Europe’s leading universities in collaboration with border guard academies and training institutions that bring in the operational expertise: Estonian Academy of Security Sciences (Estonia), University of Salamanca (Spain), National University for Distance-Learning Education (Spain), Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania), Rezekne Academy of Technologies (Latvia), and Netherlands Defence Academy Faculty of Military Science (the Netherlands).
Distinct student experience
Academic Partners of the Consortium provide inspiring locations for studies and offer first class academic facilities. The flexible learning paradigm uses a blended learning approach including e-learning solutions. This facilitates access to the programme for busy officers and allows them to remain connected to the operational environment and their job needs as well as to their study group.
The students profit from the extensive resources available in the different institutions as well as from the European reach of the alumni of the programme. The programme offers its students unparalleled opportunities — the chance to exploit the resources of the top institutions while simultaneously meeting students from all over Europe, and earn a truly European degree.
The joint programme creates exciting networking opportunities.