Border Management Staff College


Afghan border police officers conduct river crossing near Karatag during a patrol leadership course, Gissar, 16 December 2015. (OSCE/Firdavs Kurbanov)

Afghan border police officers conduct river crossing near Karatag during a patrol leadership course, Gissar, 16 December 2015. (OSCE/Firdavs Kurbanov)

The POiD established the OSCE Border Management Staff College (BMSC) to train senior border officials from all pS as well as Partners for Co-operation (especially Afghanistan). The BMSC based in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, provides its students with an overview of the OSCE’s comprehensive concept of security, involving economic and environmental issues, human rights, and politico-military issues. 


Since its inception in 2009, the BMSC has operated as a regional Academic Centre of Excellence, delivering high-quality education for mid-to-senior ranking Border Security Officers from across the entire OSCE region, as well as PfC, especially Afghanistan, thus enhancing professionalism within pS’ border security agencies. For over a decade the BMSC has conducted 169 specialized training courses and thematic events, including 24 one-month Border Management Staff Courses, and two one-year blended learning Border Security and Management for Senior Leadership Courses. 


The BMSC continues to promote women within the traditionally male-dominated border management profession. Since the introduction of the annual women-only staff course in 2014, female participants have accounted for nearly half of the annual staff course graduates. In addition to its annual staff course for women leaders, the College included gender modules in the curricula and the online training on Gender Mainstreaming in Border Security and Management, developed within the ExB project on Women Leadership and Empowerment of the OSCE TNTD/BSMU. 


An ‘Advanced Course’ on Security Sector Governance and Reform (SSG/R) and Border Security Management was jointly conducted by the BMSC along with the Secretariat’s TNTD.