Barely a week goes by without a new cyber security scare – a corporate website paralysed with a sustained attack by hackers, a phishing expedition that nets millions of euros, or a major government information leak.
Good reason then, for Webster University in Leiden to launch a new Master of Science course in cyber security this year. ‘Here at Webster, we look at relevant trends in society and aim to take a leading role in them. Cybercrime is very relevant these days, and it’s a development that needs to be addressed,’ says Webster director Jean Paul van Marissing.
‘We’ve been one of the biggest providers of educational training to the military since the 1980s, and that expertise, along with our connections at the CIA and NATO, makes it possible for us to set up this programme.’
The course will teach students to deal with sensitive areas like fraud, theft, information protection, terrorism, digital forensics, intelligence and counter-intelligence, says academic director doctor Islam Qasem.
‘An MS degree in cyber security is one of the most currently “in-demand” qualifications in the world,’ he says. ‘With the proliferation of internet and smart devices, there is a lot of sensitive information in cyber space that needs to be adequately protected.’
You can find out more about the cyber security course on March 19, when Webster is holding an open day for prospective students at its Leiden campus. Webster University is the only certified US university in the Netherlands, offering both bachelor’s and master’s courses taught by experts in their field.
‘There is no such thing as a typical Webster student,’ says spokeswoman Joijcelyn Hoost. ‘Our classes are small, you really get to know your teachers and it is a great way to build up an international network.’
Leiden itself is a city with a rich past and a bright future – where you see students, bicycles, canals and charming buildings all in one place. The city has been a centre of historical and commercial importance for centuries, where new ideas and philosophies were explored and education cultivated. This heritage of education is still very much alive today.
In the heart of Leiden is Webster University, offering bachelor’s and master’s degree courses in business management, the behavioural and social sciences, international relations, and media and communications to a small, highly motivated and international group of students. And if you are already forging ahead with your career, Webster even has an Amsterdam annex where you can study for an MBA or other master’s programmes part time.
Find out more about Webster’s degree courses, study options, flexibility and what you can expect from the only accredited American university in the Netherlands on March 19. You will also be able to meet heads of department, students, staff and faculty members. Sign up online