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Cadet Kacper Kasprzak – the winner of Common Security and Defence Policy Olympiad

Senior Cor­po­ral cadet Kacper Kasprzak rep­re­sent­ing the Fac­ul­ty of Mecha­tron­ics and Aero­space at MUT dis­played his remark­able knowl­edge and in the IV Com­mon Secu­ri­ty and Defence Pol­i­cy Olympiad final he was award­ed first prize pre­vail­ing oth­er rival stu­dents from over 70 Euro­pean mil­i­tary acad­e­mies which are inte­grat­ed with­in Euro­pean Secu­ri­ty and Defence Col­lege.

This year the final com­pe­ti­tion was held at Vas­sil Lev­s­ki Nation­al Defence Uni­ver­si­ty in Bul­gar­ia from 21st to 25th of May.  The Olympiad is orga­nized every two years by the coun­try which holds the Pres­i­den­cy of the Euro­pean Union.

The arrange­ments for the Olympiad began more than a year ago and basi­cal­ly includ­ed the prepa­ra­tion of an essay in the first stage – a few paged research work con­cern­ing a select­ed sub­ject on secu­ri­ty and defence of the Euro­pean Union. Hav­ing been qual­i­fied to the next stage, the essays were reviewed and eval­u­at­ed inde­pen­dent­ly and the authors of the best ones – after an e‑learning phase – were invit­ed to the final com­pe­ti­tion in Bul­gar­ia.

Even­tu­al­ly, the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of 15 coun­tries entered the com­pe­ti­tion – 38 stu­dents of 22 acad­e­mies. In that stage of rival­ry the stu­dents were oblig­ed to intro­duce the main the­ses of their work in front of the con­test com­mit­tees and the best pre­sen­ta­tions, includ­ing the one of cadet Kasprzak, were pre­sent­ed again in front of the audi­ence of sev­er­al hun­dred peo­ple.

On the sec­ond day of the com­pe­ti­tion the stu­dents had a chance to dis­play their knowl­edge obtained dur­ing the prepa­ra­tions of sev­er­al months before. In the two stages of the final the stu­dents answered 40 spe­cif­ic ques­tions – 25 in the group phase and 15 indi­vid­u­al­ly. The per­fect­ly pre­pared MUT stu­dent proved unbeat­able and won deci­sive­ly with 6 points over the rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Aus­tria and 8 points over the one from Slo­va­kia.

The suc­cess would not be pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of the cadet’s supe­ri­ors: lieu­tenant Cezary Czar­nec­ki and the com­man­der of the 2nd School Bat­tal­ion Lt. Col. Grze­gorz Sobec­ki who enabled our win­ner to take part in two spe­cial­ized train­ings in Greece and in Italy as part of the prepa­ra­tion for the Olympiad.

The idea of the par­tic­i­pa­tion of our MUT rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the Olympiad itself emerged with­in the Euro­pean Ini­tia­tive for the Exchange of Mil­i­tary Stu­dents, the so-called Mil­i­tary Eras­mus. The whole event was super­vised by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Inter­na­tion­al Coop­er­a­tion Depart­ment of MUT: the head, Col. Mar­iusz Gontar­czyk, Ph.D., MSc. Eng. and 2nd Lt. Marcin Górnikiewicz, Ph.D.

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