It gives military training in topics concerning the national defense.
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The National Defense College (CODEN) gives postgraduate academic training
to military and civilian cadres in matters related to the preparation and
comprehensive fulfillment of national defense at a strategic level.
The college has the following main tasks:
To provide the students with basic multilateral knowledge in the field of
national defense and the instruments needed to interpret it comprehensively.
To carry out research into national defense in the fields of politics,
economics and social and military affairs.
To develop relations of friendship and collaboration with similar
institutions and personalities of other countries, similar institutions and
personalities of other countries,mainly from Latin America.
The students are selected through a rigorous process that takes
into account the aspiring student's experience and potentials, their age, state
of health, aptitude and willingness. Another
requirement is that they have higher-level education.
In the case of members of the military, they should have at least the
rank of lieutenant-colonel.
The college keeps systematic records of its graduates' work.
The institution takes great pains to find out the results of the work and
career development of each of them and it maintains periodic contact through
correspondence and other means. Graduate
meetings help to update its knowledge on these former students and to receive
their suggestions on improving the courses.
college faculty is made up of invited experts and the permanent staff.
Lectures and other special contributions and some other teaching
activities are given by important leaders and officials from state, political
and social institutions. The main
heads of the armed institutes and highly qualified and experienced military and
civilian specialists also teach there.
|CHARACTERISTICS OF THE COURSE:|
The course lasts one calendar year.
Its main objectives include developing the capacity for analysis and
synthesis with a strategic focus, independence and creativity; stimulating the
discovery of problems and the search for solutions; encouraging polemics and the
substantiation and defense of the student's own views; developing the ability to
make decisions, set up projects and work to carry them out and developing the
ability to work in groups for the creative solution of problems and the skills
to give leadership, based on collective work.
In the course of their studies, the students pay frequent visits to
economic, political, military and scientific organizations and exchange ideas
with mass and social organizations and institutions, as well as with the
population itself, as a way to encourage fraternal exchange and mutual knowledge.
The program of a course may also include participation in events of
interest or visits abroad that contribute to strengthening relations with the
armed forces of other countries and to encouraging mutual knowledge and trust.
There are also frequent meetings with students in similar institutions
who visit Cuba and other people who are interested in finding out about Cuba's