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Mercyhurst, Cambridge universities announce collaboration

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Known for opening doors to peerless frontiers for its students, the intelligence studies department at Mercyhurst University has charted a new path that will enable select students to study intelligence at one of the world’s leading universities – the United Kingdom’s University of Cambridge.

Launched this year at Cambridge’s Pembroke College, the new, high-level International Security and Intelligence Program is co-chaired by Sir Richard Dearlove, former head of the British Secret Intelligence Service and current master of Pembroke; and Professor Christopher Andrew, emeritus professor of Modern and Contemporary History and founder of the Intelligence Seminar at the University of Cambridge.

Only top students from around the world are admitted to the highly competitive four-week summer program, which offers participants the opportunity to work with leading practitioners and academics from the security and intelligence communities in exploring the ‘craft of intelligence.’

“Thanks to this new partnership, our top intelligence studies students will be assured access to this exceptional academic opportunity,” said James Breckenridge, Ph.D., executive director of the Institute for Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University, who facilitated the agreement.

Speaking on behalf of Pembroke College, acting Deputy Director of International Programs Greg Lewis said, “The aim of this collaboration is to ensure that suitably qualified Mercyhurst students have the best possible chance of signing up for what is a unique program in one of the world's leading universities.”

PHOTO: James Breckenridge, Ph.D.