The college offers the pinnacle of military education in Norway. Through both degree- and non-degree-granting programmes it prepares officers of all services and selected civilians for advanced leadership positions in the defence and public sectors. It also offers undergraduate modules for Norwegian conscripts.
The NDUC was established in its present organisational form in 2002 and is based at Akershus Fortress in Oslo. Since 2005, the NDUC's Advanced Officers Training and Education is conducted in the form of a one-year-long Staff Course and a two-year-long Master of Defence Studies. In the same year, the college and its graduate programme was accredited by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education.
The commandant of the NDUC is responsible for coordinating education in the Norwegian Armed Forces and is the principal adviser to the Chief of Defence on matters regarding education.
NDUC consists of the following departments:
The Norwegian Military Academy (Krigsskolen)
Located in Oslo, the academy educates officers of the Norwegian Army and serves as the King's Royal Guard. The academy was established in 1750 and is the oldest institution for higher education in Norway.
The Royal Norwegian Naval Academy (RNoNA)
Called Sjøkrigsskolen in Norwegian, is located at Laksevåg in Bergen. It was formally established on 27 October 1817 in Frederiksvern. The institution educates officers for the Royal Norwegian Navy.
The Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy (RNoAFA)
is the Norwegian Air Force's college which conducts officer training for the RNoAF and the Norwegian Armed Forces.
The Norwegian Defence University College of Engineering – Telematics
The Norwegian National Defence College (Sjefskurset)
Sjefskurset gives key personnel in Norwegian society, as well as armed forces personnel, insight to the wide range of issues that form the basis of Norwegian defence and security policy. Courses offered by Sjefskurset are the Senior Executive Course, the Information Course, the Military Attaché Course and the Course in Public Security and Crisis Management. Every year about 150 people attend our courses. Approximately a third of the attendees are military; the other participants are civilians from public and private sectors, non-governmental organisations, media and unions.
The Norwegian Defence Command and Staff College (NDCSC)
FSTS is a major contributor to the NDUC's accredited education programmes. It also conducts research and development on Joint Military Operations, Military History and Theory, Military Logistics and Resource Management, and Psychology and Leadership Development.
FSTS has several outreach programmes to spread the knowledge attained through its research. Several professional courses are offered by the college; among these are the Basic Staff Education and courses on leadership, psychological operations, strategic communication, defence human resource management, the ethics of war, and the law of armed conflict.
The Norwegian Defence International Centre (NODEFIC), a part of FSTS, is an international military peacekeeping training centre offering courses for military and civilian personnel from all over the world. NODEFIC is part of the Nordic co-operations programme NORDEFCO, and cooperates closely with partner institutions in the Nordic countries.
The Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS)
IFS is a major contributor to the NDUC's accredited education programmes. The institute was founded in 1980 and is Norway's foremost centre for security and defence studies. The institute's research portfolio includes historical and contemporary studies of Norwegian and European security, civil-military relations, transatlantic relations, Asian security studies and the role of weapons of mass destruction.
The IFS publishes the Oslo Files on Defence and Security and the web-based IFS Insights. The IFS cooperates with a number of civilian and military universities and research institutions in Norway and abroad. A significant part of IFS research is externally funded.