In line with the directive of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to equip the nation’s future diplomats with the knowledge and multi-disciplinary skills to support the objectives of the UAE’s foreign policy, Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) has added special skills training to its curriculum.
Throughout the month of January, all 58 students at EDA, the nation’s international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, have attended several tailored classes on Etiquette and Protocol, Bilateral and Multilateral Negotiations, Country Analysis, and Consular Diplomacy. The move serves as further evidence of the Academy’s commitment to fostering a cadre of well-rounded diplomats.
Bernardino León, President of EDA, said: “As diplomats are often the first touchpoint in shaping relations with other countries and their decision-makers, their conduct and abilities must reflect the values of the UAE. In the near future, EDA graduates will be the driving force behind national and international strategic initiatives.”
“Given this mandate, we see it as our responsibility to equip our students not only with traditional academic knowledge but also with multi-disciplinary skills, such as communication, negotiation, analysis, and etiquette. All of these are paramount to succeeding as diplomats in the 21st century.”
For her part, Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of Executive Education at EDA, said: “Aligned with the UAE’s vision, the Academy offers innovative solutions for modern-day diplomats in the form of its constantly-updated portfolio of educational and executive training programmes. For instance, this month's short skills course catered to current and future foreign policy professionals, and leveraged the latest teaching methods and a world-class curriculum.”
Maitha Al Tamimi, student of EDA, said: “During the past month of my Post-Graduate Diploma programme, the learning experience has been extraordinary. My skills have developed significantly. It boosted my confidence, strengthened my negotiation skills and broadened my knowledge in consular diplomacy and country analysis. Today, I discovered my real skills lie in negotiations, and I look forward to attend future events that promote peace and security where I can utilise these skills.”
Apart from educating future diplomats, EDA also offers a wide range of executive training programmes for established foreign policy professionals that cover topics ranging from economic diplomacy and political analysis to international law and consensus-building.