“Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah, Commandant of the National Defence College of Nigeria and President of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres, presenting the IAPTC Peacekeeping Education and Training Award to Harvey Langholtz, Ph.D., Director of the Peace Operations Training Institute, 26 November 2009, in Sydney, Australia.”
Harvey Langholtz, Ph.D., Professor at the College of William and Mary and Executive Director of the Peace Operations Training Institute, was awarded the 2009 IAPTC Peacekeeping Education and Training Award for his work in developing a global e-learning programme on peacekeeping. Dr. Langholtz first conceived of the idea in 1993 while he served as a member of the US Delegation to the United Nations and represented his nation on the Special Committee for Peacekeeping Operations (C34). When he left the US Mission he founded a small not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing distance learning on peacekeeping, and in the ensuing years organized the development of a global programme. Today the Peace Operations Training Institute offers 23 e-learning courses on peacekeeping in English, 19 in French, 2 in Portuguese, 19 in Spanish, and recently one in Arabic. The programme now provides 300 new enrolments each day, and has provided over 100,000 enrolments during each of the past three years to students in almost every nation on earth.