Serco has signed a three-year, £26m contract with Qatar's Ministry of Defence to deliver Staff College training for the Qatar Armed Forces (QAF) in its capital Doha.
The Joaan Bin Jassim Joint Command and Staff College (JBJJCSC), which opened in May 2013 is modelled on the UK's Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) at the UK Defence Academy, which Serco has managed and operated since 2000.
Serco will deliver the professional military education course at the postgraduate level for the QAF's mid career officers (Majors and Lieutenant Colonels) from the Qatari Emiri Navy, Army and Air Force over an initial three-year period. The courses will be delivered in partnership with the UK Ministry of Defence and Kings College London. The first 40 students have already started their year-long course in Doha.
The full scope of the JBJJCSC contract will include the development and delivery of adapted course material from the UK Defence Academy, investment in Information Technology, and the provision of a Learning Resource Centre and Integrated Facilities Management.
The development of the JBJJCSC and the establishment of this flagship course represents the first step towards a structured education and training pathway for Qatar's military leaders of tomorrow. This contract highlights Serco's growing influence in the Defence and Security Sector in the Gulf.Read more
Duncan Mackison, Serco's Managing Director for Defence in UK & Europe, said: "This important contract represents a significant entry into the Defence market in the Middle East and complements our experience in delivering high quality courses to the UK military. We are delighted to have the opportunity to educate Qatar's future military leaders and look forward to further developing our partnership with the Qatari Armed Forces in close collaboration with colleagues in the Middle East."
Lord Livingston, UK Trade and Investment Minister, commented: "This contract will further strengthen the ties between the UK and Qatar. The deal shows there is continued demand for the expertise of British firms worldwide and that our Defence Growth Partnership is working. This also demonstrates how highly regarded our Armed Forces - and the training they receive in the UK - are overseas."