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NEWS | May 6, 2021

Becoming the Intelligence Community’s University: NIU transitions to ODNI

By By the National Intelligence University

On June 20, the National Intelligence University will transition from DIA to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. This is an exciting moment in the university’s 59-year history, enabling NIU to benefit from and support ODNI’s integrating role and authorities.

NIU is a unique, collaborative location within the Intelligence Community where civilians and service members from different agencies learn and research in a classified setting while sharing their skills, knowledge and perspectives. In its new capacity, NIU will continue to serve intelligence and national security professionals from the 18 IC components and the U.S. Government for decades to come.

Since NIU was established in 1962, originally as the Defense Intelligence School, DIA has served as a dedicated steward of the institution. DIA’s leadership has helped shape curriculums, provided resources and hired experienced faculty and staff that have educated civilian and military personnel to address the myriad national security and intelligence challengers over the decades. This long-anticipated transition to ODNI continues NIU’s evolution as the IC’s university.

Congress initiated the organizational transition to ODNI in December 2019. Preparing for the transition required collaborative partnerships across the IC and with Congress to ensure no interruption to university operations.

NIU will remain a degree-granting institution accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, retain its in-residence Joint Professional Military Education Phase I program, and continue to operate from its main campus in Bethesda, Maryland, and form other regional campuses.

The majority of faculty and staff will transition to ODNI with the institution. Students will not be impacted by the transition.

For more information on NIU, visit www.NI-U.edu.