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University and Agency Partnership Initiative (UAPI)

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The University and Agency Partnership Initiative, or UAPI, brings together institutions nationwide dedicated to advancing homeland security education. This effort seeks to increase the number and diversity of students receiving homeland security education, accelerate the establishment of high-quality academic programs, and provide opportunities for collaboration that create an intellectual multiplier effect that furthers the study of homeland security.

The Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) makes available through the partnership its curriculum, distance learning technology, Homeland Security Digital Library, and all other resources. In return, partners share their curriculum and specialized expertise with the UAPI partners. This provides a cost-effective way to educate thousands of students beyond the NPS campus by reducing the time and resources required of universities and agencies having to build their own curricula and programs from scratch. It also brings synergy to addressing critical research issues, accelerates the development of the homeland security academic discipline, and more rapidly serves knowledge to support the nation's security efforts.

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Steve Recca
CHDS Partnership Programs
I have found engagement with the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security to be a valuable partnership and one with which Penn State plans to continue. The CHDS's conferences and visits have provided a framework to help all of understand homeland security better. Moreover, these events have provided a much needed forum in which perspectives around all homeland security issues may be discussed without political lenses. Third, as a partner in the National Guard education program, we have found the Center's materials to be of the highest quality and easy to integrate into Penn State's program. Finally, I appreciate the contacts that have been through CHDS. I believe because of their efforts we are building a community of practice around homeland security.

Peter Forster
-, Penn State University