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School of Government & International Affairs

Peace Operations Training Institute: Programme of Correspondence Instruction in Peacekeeping Operations

Our Mission

The Peace Operations Training Institute provides distance training to peacekeepers, potential peacekeepers, police, and humanitarian workers world-wide through e-learning and printed courses that are standard, common, universal, and low-cost.

Courses at Durham

Global Terrorism 15th - 17th December 2008 Course Programme and Registration Form

Peacekeeping and International Conflict Resolution 23rd -25th March 2009

Course Leader: Dr. Giovanni Ercolani

General information

Peace Operations Training Institute, formerly operating under the name “UNITAR POCI”,  are dedicated to providing training on UN peace support operations through quality e-learning courses just as they had done under agreement with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research for the past fifteen years. While they are no longer affiliated with UNITAR and are operating under a new name, their courses and programmes are the same as they have always provided and are the same as have been welcomed by the United Nations Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C34).

Thousands of students from 129 different nations have enrolled in correspondence courses from UNITAR POCI. Many of our students are deployed peacekeeping mission personnel. There were recently as many as 85,000 UN personnel serving on eighteen UN peacekeeping missions.

How our training works

Students from anywhere in the world can enrol in one or more courses online or by mail through one of our many training programmes. Each course comes as a self-contained textbook containing all needed materials. Studying proceeds at the student's own pace. To complete a course, one must pass the End-of-Course Examination, a series of fifty multiple-choice questions which can be found online or in the mailed course package. The answers are submitted online for grading. Passing students receive a Certificate of Completion bearing their name, the title of the course, and the United Nations emblem; their names also appear on our honour roll.