Let me first of all welcome you as a student at the NATO/Partnership Multinational Tactical Planning Course (MTPC). We look forward to seeing you in person here at the Swedish Armed Forces International Centre (SWEDINT/NCGM) 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 three weeks together. During this time we will prepare you for possible upcoming duties in a Peace Support Operation (PSO).
One of the most important rules for international duty is to use one common language. As you have already figured out, the official language of this course will be English, both during lectures and social events. You must be able to communicate in English both verbally and in writing. I strongly urge you to start brushing up on your English in preparation of the course.
Throughout the course we will use a scenario based on a crisis in a fictitious nation. For you as a student to get the most out of the course, I suggest you take some time to familiarize yourself with this scenario (Atlantica Handbook) before joining the course. The Atlantica Handbook will be available on the SWEDINT/NCGM website NLT 12 December 2016.
SWEDINT/NCGM makes use of course examinations in order to measure the students’ progress during the course and to ensure that the students have reached the specified learning objectives. The examination will focus on the students’ 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”.
To give you the opportunity to present your country, a “Cultural Evening” will be organised by the students on Friday 3 February. It would be nice if you could bring a little of your national specialities (food and/or drink) to share with your colleagues. (We kindly ask you not to bring strong alcoholic liquors.)
Once again I want to wish you 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, co-operate and discuss the matters and you will gain a lot in return.
Arne Boman Maj (SWE-M)
Course Director MTPC.