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First transnational e-learning course in the study of terrorism created by Informa and the University of St Andrews


• 1st transnational e-learning course in the study of terrorism created for professionals involved in national security, governments, corporations, commercial operations and  transportation
• World-leading expertise and international collaboration available at the touch of a button from the course tutors at the University of St Andrews and fellow participants from around the globe
• Flexible and adaptable in-depth distance learning

As national and international terrorism continues to dominate the news and political debates, Informa, the global information provider, has joined forces with the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St Andrews to offer the first transnational e-learning course in the study of terrorism.

The course content provides participants with a sophisticated introduction to the fundamental issues that lie behind the terrorist threats of today.  This includes how and why terrorists plot against individuals, governments, corporations, commercial operations or air, marine and mainland transportation services. It offers professionals an understanding of the motivations, methodology and modus operandi of the various strains of terrorism, which should better inform organisational security strategies.

The course is designed to offer an information rich, yet flexible e-learning course that enables individuals to have access to knowledge and expertise at the touch of a button any time of the day, wherever they are in the world. Participants interact with their own personal tutor as well as collaborate with fellow course practitioners in the virtual classroom.  What’s more, they gain access to the Jane’s Terrorism & Insurgency Centre website which provides up-to-the minute news and analysis on terrorist activities and incidents from around the globe.

Max Taylor, Course Director and Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, comments; “Terrorism is a changing phenomenon. By helping participants to understand the issues behind the dramatic events we see today, professionals can gain a new level of expertise and understanding as to how they can protect their own professional interests and how their security portfolios and strategies can be better informed”.

The 16-week course enables participants to receive a solid grounding in the causes, consequences and responses to terrorism.  The knowledge gained can be turned into best-practice strategy to help protect people, infrastructure and investments.

Max concludes: “For many organisations, including police authorities and government bodies, the subject is so vast and complex that the opportunity to gain a broad understanding is rarely offered to the majority. The Certificate in Terrorism Studies fills that gap, enabling participants and organisations to prepare to meet the challenges of the evolving nature of terrorism in an adaptable and flexible e-learning environment”.

Notes to Editors

CSTPV and The University of St Andrews

The Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) was established in 1994 as a research centre within the University of St Andrews. The centre regularly contributes to public commissions and projects and is also home to the highly acclaimed quarterly journal Terrorism and Political Violence published by the Informa Group.

The University of St Andrews is Scotland’s first university and third oldest in the UK. For almost six centuries, it has proudly upheld the traditional of academic excellence, attracting scholars of international repute and students from all over the world. Through its research centres and institutes, St Andrews has excelled in the fields of international relations and international security, earning a reputation as one of the world’s leading academic institutions in the area of terrorism studies.

St Andrews was Europe’s first university to offer a full course of study in terrorism, through the CSTPV. Now, the CSTPV is proud to be the first academic institution to offer these courses through a “virtual university” in terrorism studies, in partnership with Informa.

Informa plc is the leading provider of specialist information to the global academic & scientific, professional and commercial communities via publishing, events and performance improvement.