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The current refugee crisis that is testing the unity and resolve of Europe, along with combatting international terrorism and security – these were the key words at the meeting of the presidents of the Baltic states in Palanga.
The President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, will be in Palanga today to participate in the work meeting of the heads of state of the Baltic states.
"In times when religion, extremism, refugees and terrorism form a weight of negative information, schools will be required to become involved in the level-headed explaining of events and phenomena. All of these things do not happen somewhere at a safe distance, such as France or Syria. This is all Europe; these are issues and problems to be handled here, as the fate and welfare of today's students will depend on the outcomes," said President Toomas Hendrik Ilves who presented the Educational Awards for 2015 and the special Physical Sciences Award at the Office of the President.
In Kadriorg today, the President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, accepted credentials from the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium, Philippe Beke, who resides in Helsinki, the Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Daw Yin Yin Myint, who resides in Berlin and the Ambassador of the Republic of Angola, Isaías Jaime Vilinga, who resides in Stockholm.
Europe is at the crossroads of change, in a transformational crisis, and yet we have come through worse, conceded President Toomas Hendrik Ilves in his address at Churchill's Europe Symposium in Zurich last night.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves will today begin a working visit to Zurich. In the evening, he will give a presentation as an invited guest to influential decision makers in Switzerland and speak about the challenges faced by the future of the European Union, focusing on our security after the terrorist attacks in Paris and the refugee crisis.
In a greeting delivered on the anniversary of the Defence Forces of the Republic of Estonia, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves invited those present to reflect about France and our allies, the French people: "The co-ordinated terrorist attacks in Paris represent an example of attempts to scare Europe and make us afraid enough to become inefficient in standing up to violence and evil, to make us withdraw within the borders of our respective countries and not reach out a helping hand to friends. We will not be scared. We will enhance our security, strengthen our guard on the external borders of the European Union, carry out controls on the background of refugees, and improve domestic and military defence. But we will not be scared."
The Ministry of Defence and AS Guardtime have signed a memorandum of cooperation pledging four 10,000-euro scholarships to be awarded to master’s degree students studying cyber defence.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Ministry of Defence will award two of the scholarships and AS Guardtime will put up the other two 10,000-euro scholarships. The competition is open to all first-year students in master’s degree programmes in cyber defence at Estonian universities.
Minister of Defence Hannes Hanso said the latest international conflicts show that cyber defence is becoming an inseparable part of modern warfare and that the Ministry of Defence is exerting daily efforts to increase the country’s capability to counter cyber threats.
“One of the most important pillars in developing cyber defence is to train the next generation to be competent professionals in this field,” said Hanso. “Guardtime is one of Estonia’s most innovative and internationally successful cyber defence and technology companies. The cooperation memorandum represents a noteworthy contribution and sends a powerful message about mutual commitment to advancing cyber defence in both Estonia and internationally.
“Strong cyber defence education and motivated students are very important for Guardtime,” said Guardtime vice president Martin Ruubel. Not only commercially but also as a broader message that ensuring secure cyberspace is a common task facing all of us. We are truly glad to join forces with the Estonian Ministry of Defence in working toward common objectives.”
The deadline for scholarship applications is 30 November 2015. Applications are to be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the competition rules and the required essay topics, visit the Ministry of Defence website: http://www.kaitseministeerium.ee/et/eesmargid-tegevused/teadus-ja-arendustegevus/kuberkaitse-magistrioppe-stipendium