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EC-Council Selects UMGC for 2022 Academic Circle of Excellence

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By Alex Kasten

Adelphi, Md. (Nov. 14, 2022) -- The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), a global cybersecurity technical certification body, has selected University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) for its 2022 Academic Circle of Excellence.

The distinction highlights academic institutions and faculty across the world who excel each year and leave a lasting impact on cybersecurity education and local communities. UMGC becomes one of just five Academic Circle of Excellence honorees this year.

“The values and criteria of the selection process directly reflect our mission of preparing students for EC-Council certifications, graduation and the workforce,” said Douglas Harrison, vice president and dean of UMGC’s School of Cybersecurity and Information Technology. “That the number of UMGC students pursuing EC-Council certifications is one of the largest in the country reflects our commitment to providing students with the skills employers value most.” 

Wesley Alvarez, director of academics for EC-Council, noted that UMGC students, alumni and faculty have been active, contributing members of EC-Council global cybersecurity community for several years. “They have produced leading certified, career-ready candidates as they continue their mission to serve adult learners, veterans, military servicemembers and their families with innovative cybersecurity programs,” he said.

UMGC was selected based on several criteria, including its commitment to educate and make a difference in the cybersecurity workforce, its ratio of students who attempt EC-Council certifications, its effort to institute new programs and technologies across credit or non-credit programs and its support of student initiatives, clubs and events.

In 2021, UMGC was named EC-Council’s 2021 Academic Partner of the Year, another coveted honor that recognizes the leading cybersecurity partner and program within the council’s North America community.  

About University of Maryland Global Campus

Currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) was established in 1947 to serve adults in the workforce and the military. Today, UMGC enrolls some 90,000 students annually, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificates in more than 125 fully online, hybrid and face-to-face programs and specializations.

UMGC has a long history of innovation in reaching students where they are, including as a pioneer of internet instruction, piloting its first online classes in 1994. The university has received numerous awards for its groundbreaking work in developing fully online degree programs, including in high-demand fields such as cybersecurity, business, data analytics, health care, and education.

The university now offers classes to military service personnel and their families at some 175+ locations in 20 countries. More than half of UMGC’s students are active-duty military personnel, their families, members of the National Guard, and veterans.

About EC-Council

The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, also known as EC-Council, is the world’s largest cybersecurity technical certification body. It operates in 145 countries globally and is the owner and developer of the world-famous Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI), Certified Security Analyst (ECSA) and License Penetration Testing (Practical) programs, among others. EC-Council is proud to have trained and certified over 200,000 information security professionals globally who have influenced the cybersecurity mindset of countless organizations worldwide.