The Helmut Schmidt Bundeswehr University in Hamburg (HSU) is an academic training institution qualifying students for military command assignments and civilian leadership positions. It has been meeting much of the Bundeswehr’s need for well-qualified personnel for 45 years. Thanks to excellent basic research and forward-looking applied research, it has been an impulse-provider for the Bundeswehr throughout its existence. Being committed to the idea of lifelong learning, the HSU has developed high-value further training programmes for the public sector, among them the master programmes of “Military Leadership and International Security” (MLIS, in cooperation with the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College) and Civil-Military Interaction (MCMI, in cooperation with the NATO CIMIC Center of Excellence). Interlinked with several scientific institutions in Germany and abroad, the university has become a recognized partner in the field of international scientific cooperation.
The German Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies—GIDS functions as a bridge between the Helmut Schmidt Bundeswehr University with its basic research and the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College with its expertise in military issues.
The academic pillar of this bridge is the “Network for Interdisciplinary Conflict Analyses (NICA)”, which was established at the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences.
NICA is an association, in which chairs at the faculty that are conducting research in the wider field of conflict studies cooperate on a voluntary basis. It is also open to chairs at other faculties. In NICA, as elsewhere, the principle of the freedom of research and teaching applies without any restrictions. Professors engaging in NICA are not obliged to take on commissioned research projects. NICA contributes to the interlinking of research and instruction by tying in the relevant study programs of the faculty.