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UMGC Receives Highest Honor from EC-Council

Alex Kasten
By Alex Kasten
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Adelphi, Md. (Jan. 31, 2024)--The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), a global cybersecurity technical certification body, has recognized University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) with its 2023 Academic Partner of the Year Award.

The award is the highest honor within the EC-Council Academic community and cybersecurity communities.

“The values and criteria of the selection process directly reflect the mission of preparing students for EC-Council certifications, graduation and the workforce,’ said Dr. Calvin Nobles, vice president and dean of UMGC's School of Cybersecurity and Information Technology. “The noteworthy quantity of UMGC students actively pursuing EC-Council certifications stands as a testament to our unwavering dedication to equipping students with the skills most esteemed by prospective employers.”

The Partner of the Year distinction, issued to only one academic institution each year, highlights schools and faculty within North America and around the world that excel by bringing lasting impact to their students’ cybersecurity education and their local communities.

“Our partnership with UMGC and the level of engagement for positive student outcomes continues to grow year over year,” said Wesley Alvarez, Director of Academics at EC-Council. “UMGC programs have produced some of the highest amounts of EC-Council certified members across several certifications, including two of EC-Council’s U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) approved credentials.”

With over 1,000 academic partners, the EC-Council organizes annual awards to highlight the highest levels of cybersecurity education, training, executive leadership and instruction globally. The E-C Council community consists of partnered academic institutions, academic faculty, commercial training centers, corporate organizations, chief information security officers and Certified EC-Council Instructors (CEIs).

UMGC was selected based on several criteria, including its commitment to educate and make a difference in the cybersecurity workforce, student feedback on EC-Council courses, student and alumni engagement, and new programs and new technologies across credit or non-credit programs.

UMGC was named EC-Council’s Academic Partner of the Year in 2021. In 2022, the university was selected for the EC-Council’s 2022 Academic Circle of Excellence.

About University of Maryland Global Campus

University of Maryland Global Campus was founded more than 75 years ago specifically to serve the higher education needs of working adults and military servicemembers. Today, UMGC is the largest provider of postsecondary education in Maryland and continues its global tradition with online and hybrid courses, more than 175 classroom and service locations worldwide, and more than 135 degrees and certificates backed by the reputation of a state university and the University System of Maryland. For more information, visit

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 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.