International Cooperation

The aim of the School is to develop and implement a NATO-compliant Quality Assurance System in its training processes, which will gradually enable DIBS to have its courses certified by NATO. The certified courses will be attended by Georgian representatives, as well as those from NATO and Partner countries. 

 DIBS is cooperating with similar NATO education facilities on the issues of accreditation. In this respect, cooperation with Slovakia should be noted. The school also plans to develop cooperation with Romania, and the Finnish Defence Forces International Centre.

In 2017, the first regional Black Sea seminar on Building Integrity and Corruption Risk Reduction was carried out, in which Georgia shared its experience across the region. 

The School’s development is a joint NATO-Georgia responsibility. NATO is playing an active role in the process through different programmes and Trust Fund (Defence Capability Building Trust Fund- NATO Building Integrity Programme, NATO Professional Development Programme).

Cooperation with the following countries is appreciated:

Federal Republic of Germany is a project leader country. It has assigned an expert to help the School in its development process. Germany is also the main financial contributor to the School.

The Slovak Republic: The assigned Slovak expert actively participates in the School’s development process. The Armed Forces Academy of the Slovak republic also supports the School by sharing experience on accreditation issues.

Kingdom ofthe Netherlands was the first country to express its willingness to render financial support to the School. The Netherlands Clingendael Institute of International Relations has developed a 4-year School capacity building plan to Support the development of the DIB School, DIB Training and Learning Approach, DIB Course Package and capacity development of DIB training and research staff.

Italy: Together with the Italian Army Post Conflict Operations Study Centre, the School is developing a joint “Stabilization and Reconstruction Orientation Course”

Norway: With the support of Norway, DIBS has started a 3-year project on Advanced Distributed Learning capacity building. The Defence Ministry of Norway and Jefferson Institute in the USA are involved in the Project.

The Republic of Estonia: With the support of Estonian and the NATO professional development programme, the School has been implementing the National Defence Executive Course over the past 6 years.

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Montenegro contributed generously to the NATO Defence Capacity Building Trust Fund, thereby ensuring further development of DIBS.

Countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United Kingdom conducted trainings and seminars or contributed to them.

Romania expressed its readiness for future cooperation with DIBS.

Contacts have been established with educational institutions in Austria, Finland, Germany, and NATO Centres of Excellence.