JWU Designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

Story by JWU Media Relations , on Jun 7, 2022 12:30 PM


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — June 7, 2022 – Johnson & Wales University has been named a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense, a prestigious federal designation that marks the university as a leader in cyber education.

The five-year designation is awarded by the National Security Agency, requiring high standards of excellence and a rigorous application process. The university’s ability to meet the criteria “will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of National Information Infrastructure,” the agency said in a letter to JWU.

“A highly skilled cybersecurity workforce is a strategic national security advantage,” the letter continued, adding that there is currently a “critical shortage” of such professionals.

Only about 300 colleges and universities have earned the prestigious CAE designation. As part of the program, students will have direct access to exclusive scholarships, grants and internship opportunities. Read more about the CAE program here.

“This designation shows to the wider community what we already know to be true: Johnson & Wales provides a world-class education in cybersecurity and defense,” said Frank Tweedie, Ed.D., the dean of the College of Engineering & Design. “Our students will be the next generation of professionals on the front lines of our nation’s security.”

A certificate will be presented at a formal ceremony at a future date. Learn more about JWU’s cybersecurity program and the CAE designation.  

About JWU

Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 8,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its campuses in Providence, Rhode Island and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts and sciences, business, engineering, food innovation, hospitality, nutrition, health and wellness. It also offers undergraduate programs in culinary arts, dietetics and design. JWU’s unique model provide students with the personalized attention, academic expertise and industry connections that inspire professional success and personal growth. The time students spend at JWU is nothing short of transformative, as demonstrated by career outcomes, expected earnings and economic mobility rankings. The university’s impact is global, with alumni in 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide.

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