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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