Let me first of all welcome you as a student at the NATO/Partnership Multinational Comprehensive Planning Course (MCPC). We are looking forward to seeing you in person here at the Swedish Armed Forces International Centre (SWEDINT) in Kungsängen, and I can assure you that a well prepared and devoted staff with a lot of experience will welcome you. We are going to share two weeks together at the MCPC, and during this time we will prepare you for possible upcoming duties in a Peace Support Operation (PSO).
This first MCPC will be a Pilot course; therefore you as students will have an important role for the outcome of the course and possible adjustments for coming iterations. Though a Pilot course, it will be supported by experienced and dedicated staff members and instructors, who will ensure a comprehensive and professional delivery for you.
During the course we are going to use the ATLANTICA scenario, based on a crisis in a fictitious nation. For you as a student to be well prepared and to get the most out of the course, I strongly recommend you to take some time to familiarize yourself with this scenario before joining the course. “The ATLANTICA Handbook” will be available on the SWEDINT web page NLT 2nd of October 2017.
An examination at SWEDINT courses is implemented in order to measure the students’ progress during the course and ensure that the students have reached the specified learning objectives. The examination will focus on student’s ability to understand and apply acquired knowledge during the course, and consists of two (2) different tests. As a student you have to pass one (1) of them to achieve the grade “Successfully completed”.
Last but not least, one of the most important rules for international duty is to use one common language. As you already have figured out the official language on this course will be English, both in lectures and during social events. You must be able to communicate in English both verbally and in writing, so I strongly urge you to start brushing up your English, as a preparation for the course.
Once again I want to wish you warmly welcome and hope that you will have a good learning experience and make many new friends in the international environment offered to you by the staff and students at the course. Bring in your own experience, cooperate and discuss the matters and you will gain a lot in return.
Harry Jaantola, LtCdr (SWE-N)
Course Director MCPC