Towson University and the Maryland National Guard have signed a formal agreement to collaborate on a range of activities, from military appreciation programs at campus sporting events to training in cyber security for guardsmen and students.

The partnership is part of Towson’s BTU (Baltimore Towson University) program, which engages students with organizations in Greater Baltimore.

Towson is one of 16 universities in the country recognized by the National Security Administration as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. Towson and the National Guard are working to identify soldiers looking to further their cybersecurity education.

Towson University President Kim Schatzel said: “As an agent of change for the economy and the state of Maryland, it is my pleasure to sign this memorandum of understanding on behalf of Towson University,” Schatzel said.“We are looking forward to expanding our partnership with the Maryland Army National Guard to provide important opportunities for continuing education, cybersecurity training, experiential learning and community outreach.”

“This is our first MOU in the state of Maryland and builds on our significant and longstanding partnership with Towson University,” said Maryland Adjutant General Linda Singh.“This MOU will take both organizations to new heights as we focus on important programs of need like cybersecurity.”