About us

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The National Security College is unique. As a joint initiative of the Australian Government and the Australian National University (ANU), we are singularly placed at the nexus of policymaking and the advancement of knowledge.

The College is a specialist graduate studies school at ANU, providing academic programs, professional courses, research, dialogue and ideas to improve the quality of national security policy and practice. It bridges academia, government and business to develop a new generation of strategic thinkers. The NSC is proud to enhance the role of ANU as a strategic endowment supporting evidence-based policy thinking for the nation’s future.

The NSC has a track record of cultivating new generations of security thinkers and enhancing the credentials and opportunities of students wanting to work in the national security space. We take an innovative and forward-looking approach to our teaching and learning methods, for example through blended learning, collaborative work, scenario exercises, and exposure to the policy world through guest presenters drawn from Australia’s most distinguished national security practitioners and thinkers.

The academic environment at the NSC is multi-disciplinary, highly interactive and responsive to the security problems of a world in change. Our staff are at the cutting edge of crafting a new hybrid discipline of knowledge, at the intersection of domestic and international security – national security for the challenges of the 21st century.

At the NSC, we strive to understand and address the significant national security policy questions and challenges that confront Australia, the Indo-Pacific region and the world. We pride ourselves on approaching these issues in a way that combines academic rigour with policymaking practicality. We’re especially interested in the security challenges that multiple countries face in common in a connected world, where no nation – or field of academic expertise – is an island.

The National Security College was announced as a joint venture between the Commonwealth Government and ANU by former Prime Minister The Hon. Kevin Rudd and former Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Chubb in December 2009 and launched by the Prime Minister in April of the following year.

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‘The National Security College is a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Government and The Australian National University’

Updated:  24 January 2022/Responsible Officer:  Head of College, National Security College/Page Contact:  Web administrator