The Military Academy Strides Forward to Conquering New Horizons within the EU Educational and Scientific Family

The development of scientific thought and the international affirmation of the Military Academy “General Mihailo Apostolski” are a basic challenge and a major priority in the conditions of the World Pandemic. Recently, the Military Academy has been an equal partner of the European educational and scientific institutions in three international scientific research and application projects

1.   Military Academy is part of the consortium of the project “RESISTANT” supported by the European Commission

“RESISTANT” aims to build the first European Crisis Training and Knowledge Sharing Platform to train first responders through threefold comprehensive training: educational training with the state-of-the-art knowledge in safety, including tools for the characterization of hazards and associated risks, operational training on mock-up real scale transport, and innovative virtual reality training reproducing the entire accident scenarios, intervention strategies and tactics, including the whole chain of command and communications between all members of the first responder’s team, facility managers, and public (e.g. volunteer firefighters, school children, citizens with disabilities).

“RESISTANT” will also put in place a virtual ‘agora’ for first and second responders, academia, market practitioners, volunteers, and other civil protection stakeholders to share knowledge and exchange best practices, especially in cross-border crisis management. The ‘agora’ will facilitate discussion and contribute towards the development of a common prevention and protection culture.

 2. Military Academy is part of the consortium for the “NOTIONES” Project funded under Horizon 2020

Military Academy is part of the consortium for the NOTIONES proposal, which has been accepted by the European Commission (EC) and will be funded under the Horizon 2020 programme between 2021 and 2026.

The objective of the NOTIONES (iNteracting netwOrk of inTelligence and securIty practitiOners with iNdustry and acadEmia actorS) project is just to build a network of practitioners from security and intelligence services of EU Member States and Associated Countries, from the Industry – including SMEs – and from the Academia, with the objective to identify these emerging technologies and research how they may satisfy the needs of security and public services. NOTIONES will periodically publish a report which will summarise the findings obtained through EU funded research programming, in order to recommend future industrialization of results, express common requirements and indicate priorities.

The consortium of NOTIONES includes, among its 30 partners, practitioners from military, civil, financial, judiciary, local, national, and international security and intelligence services, coming from 9 EU Members States and 6 Associated Countries. These practitioners, together with the other consortium members, grant a complete coverage of the 4 EU main areas: West Europe (Portugal, Spain, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Austria), North Europe (Finland, Danmark, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia), Middle Europe (Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine), Middle East (Israel, Turkey, Georgia, Bulgaria, Bosnia Herzegovina, North Macedonia) for a total of 21 countries, including 12 SMEs with diverse and complementary competences.
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3. Military Academy has become a part of the European network of Cybersecurity centres and competence Hub for innovation and Operations (ECHO)

The Military Academy has become a member of the ECHO (the European network of Cybersecurity centres and competence Hub for innovation and Operations), sponsored under H2020 EC program.

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The European Commission has brought together specialist expertise to form four pilot projects with the objective of connecting and sharing knowledge across multiple domains to develop a common cybersecurity strategy for Europe. ECHO is one of these four projects. The ECHO consortium consists of 30 partners from different fields and sectors including health, transport, manufacturing, ICT, education, research, telecom, energy, space, healthcare, defence & civil protection.

The main objective of ECHO is to strengthen the proactive cyber defence of the European Union, enhancing Europe’s technological sovereignty through effective and efficient multi-sector and multi-domain collaboration. The project will develop a European Cybersecurity ecosystem, to support secure cooperation and development of the European market, as well as to protect the citizens of the European Union against cyber threats and incidents.