OPCW partners with University of Rome Tor Vergata

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced a cooperation agreement on Thursday, in which the Technical Secretariat will aid in the University of Rome Tor Vergata's chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive program.

The course is a postgraduate Master course intended to teach students how to protect against CBRNe incidents. This is the first time OPCW has partnered with a university on this subject.

The course was created to prepare professional first responders, decision-makers, advisers and operational officials to respond to CBRNe incidents and threats. The University of Rome Tor Vergata will conduct lectures, debate theoretical information and provide Live Agent Training with the help of OPCW, the Italian Prime Minister's Office, Ministries of Defense and Interior, Institute of Health and public and private national organizations.

OPCW is an expert on how to respond to CBRNe incidents and the only organization to fight against a breadth of chemical weapons. It has 16 years of hands-on experience with destroying chemical weapons and inspecting industries for quality.

"It is only through innovative relationships such as we have concluded with the University of Rome Tor Vergata that we are able to ensure that the OPCW's knowledge and expertise, so hard won, is disseminated to new generations of professionals dedicated to eliminating weapons of mass destruction," OPCW Director-General Ambassador Ahmet uzumcu said.