Norwich University to Host Europe-Based Reserve Officers’ 25th Annual Seminar


August 28, 2017

Norwich University, the oldest private military college in the country and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, is honored to be this year’s host of the Reserve Officers’ Association (ROA) Department of Europe and the Verband der Reservisten der Bunderwehr (VdRBw) Partnership Seminar. Approximately 30 officers from these two organizations along with other invited Reservists will convene on the Northfield campus to discuss the pressing topic of cybersecurity Sept. 7-9, 2017.

This is the 25th annual partnership seminar and the first time it has been hosted outside of Europe. Two Norwich alumni will give presentations on cybersecurity and national security.

“As the home of ROTC, the concept of educating the citizen-soldier and a nationally-ranked cybersecurity program, it is an honor to facilitate and contribute to the learning on this vital topic,” said President Richard W. Schneider, a Retired Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, and lifetime ROA member.

The seminar was conceived to provide the two Reserve organizations an opportunity to share relevant defense topics and vital dialogues in English that foster the mutual interests of Germany and the United States. Another essential part of the concept was to allure active Reservists from both organizations together to advance an academic awareness and personal relations with leaders and experts in their national defense structures and NATO.

Norwich University is a natural fit for convening a seminar on cybersecurity.

Ranked #2 by the Ponemon Institute for cybersecurity in the U.S., Norwich University programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cybersecurity education.

Norwich University is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has received designation as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3).

Beginning in 2002, Norwich University became a member of what is now called National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps: Scholarship for Service program.

Norwich recently announced it has officially partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cyber-education curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs.

In February 2016 the Norwich University cybersecurity program was the only educational institution to be invited to support Super Bowl 50.

In 2016, Norwich’s online graduate program was named one of the top ten best cybersecurity graduate programs in the country by

In October 2016 Norwich University participated in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month by dedicating the month to cybersecurity training, bringing in speakers and running contests in security knowledge, among other activities.

Most recently, Norwich University earned two federal cybersecurity designations. In April 2017, Norwich was named a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security through 2022. Also, the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) certified Norwich as a National Center for Digital Forensic Academic Excellence (CDFAE).

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) was federally chartered under legislation sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy in 2002 and is funded in part through the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. NUARI has a national center to address cyber incident management challenges through research, training programs and technology development and has been a global leader for more than a decade in developing cyber war gaming, distributed learning technology, distributed simulation technology, critical infrastructure exercises, and cyber security curriculum. DECIDE-FS® exercises serve to strengthen the resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructures in the face of cyberattacks from nation-states and trans-national actors.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) 

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