The Peace Support Training Centre (PSTC) was established in January 2001 as part of the Kenyan Defence Staff College. It initially focused at training of Kenyan forces for UN peace keeping missions and later African Union Peace Support Operations. PSTC became a separate Kenyan MOSD establishment in July 2006 and in 2008, initial efforts towards “internationalization” were made. In 2009, PSTC Karen merged with International Mine Action Training Centre (IMATC) to form one centre, International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC). The former PSTC was renamed to Peace and Conflict Studies School (PCSS) and IMATC renamed to Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS). In 2011, IPSTC achieved autonomy through formal partnership arrangements with USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Kenya, Germany and UNDP.
To establish IPSTC as the premier Peace Support Training, Research and Education Centre in Africa.
To conduct training, education and research, informing military, police and civilian personnel in all aspects of peace support operations in order to improve the effectiveness of the response to complex emergencies.
Excellence, Professionalism, Trust, Integrity, Accountability and Gender Equality.
- Ownership of a comprehensive programme of training and education addressing conflict in Eastern Africa (Programme Strategy).
- Establishment of IPSTC as a leading research, training and education Centre in the African Peace and Security Architecture (Network Strategy).
- To have the ability to provide intellectual inputs in to the African Peace and Security Architecture (Research Strategy).
- To have an integrated internal management and support system (Internal Resource Management Strategy).
- To become autonomous (Governance Strategy).
- To provide strategic and operational level decision-making and leadership training to enhance planning and management of multidimensional peace operations.
- To support the development of African peace operations capacity focusing on the African Standby Force (ASF) and targeting the Eastern Africa Standby Force Secretariat (EASFSEC).
- To contribute to the development of an emerging Eastern Africa Peace and Security Architecture. To provide a repository of data across the entire spectrum of peace operations.
- To provide mission focused pre-deployment training at both tactical and operational levels.
- To provide peace operations training and advice to all Kenya Defence Forces, Police and civilian establishments.