Emirates Diplomatic Academy Announces Launch of Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations Programme
02 October 2017, Monday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading institution for international relations and diplomacy education, executive training and research, today announced the launch of its Master of Arts (MA) programme in Diplomacy and International Relations. The announcement came during a press conference, at the Academy’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi. Accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education, the programme equips holders of EDA’s Post-Graduate Diploma in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations with specialised knowledge of global and regional issues, particularly those relevant to the UAE and the wider Middle East. With a focus on international relations and diplomatic thought, the curriculum enables students to hone their research, communication and critical thinking skills. The new MA programme will include a variety of courses, such as trends in European foreign and security policy towards the Middle East, American foreign policy in the Middle East, international relations and diplomacy, the Middle East peace process, foreign policy and extremism. His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “Since its inception, EDA has evolved into a leading national platform for education, training and research in the field of diplomacy and international relations, and is today a strategic resource for the country and its government. The Academy is mandated to equip the UAE’s diplomats with the skills and expertise they need to support the UAE’s foreign policy objectives and address the challenges and leverage the opportunities the country encounters on the global stage, while continuing to break new ground in international diplomacy.” He added: “In this context, I am pleased to announce the launch of our new academic programme – Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations, accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Education. I am extremely proud of the speed with which our accreditation was completed – it is an unprecedented achievement. Emirati diplomats play a crucial role in cementing the UAE’s global standing through their service on the frontlines of diplomacy, and we are confident that our continuing master’s programme will enhance their preparedness for this mission. EDA is a distinguished educational institution that serves as the driving force in the UAE’s efforts to qualify Emirati talent for international careers and positions of leadership in support of the nation’s foreign policy objectives. The Academy brings international knowledge, expertise and experience to the UAE to prepare its graduates to represent their country abroad at the highest levels.  
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EDA Insight Examines UAE/Saudi Arabia–East Asia Energy Relations
26 September 2017, Tuesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy has published an EDA Insight titled The UAE/Saudi Arabia–East Asia Energy Relations: Towards More Dynamic and Diverse, authored by Dr Makio Yamada. This Insight explores the changing patterns of energy relations between the UAE/Saudi Arabia and East Asian countries. The UAE/Saudi Arabia–East Asia energy relations are becoming more dynamic and diverse. As a result, identifying the overarching trend in their development is no longer an easy task. These relations are underpinned by two global energy-related trends: the oil glut and the shift to non-hydrocarbon energy. In the area of hydrocarbons, the growing East Asian economies provide the UAE and Saudi Arabia with opportunities in terms of markets to export their oil and sources of investment in their oil industry. East Asian firms’ growing interest in the solar markets in the UAE and Saudi Arabia also provides the latter with greater options in selecting partners in this field. The rise of East Asian nuclear-reactor exporters gives the UAE and Saudi Arabia greater options in choosing their partners for their nuclear power development programmes going forward. However, it is desirable for the UAE and Saudi Arabia to carry out strict feasibility assessments before making an agreement – not only with emerging reactor-exporters but also with established ones – if they decide to include or expand nuclear power as component of their future power supply plans. Please note that EDA’s research outputs do not necessarily represent the views of the UAE government but seek to address issues that foreign-policy experts and practitioners both in the UAE and worldwide will find informative and relevant. Download in English: Download in Arabic:
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EDA Insight Identifies Measures for Achieving Food and Climate Goals
20 September 2017, Wednesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy has released an EDA Insight titled Synergies between Global Food Security and Climate Goals: Recommendations for Gulf Countries’ Foreign Trade, Investments and Aid, authored by Dr Mari Luomi. This policy brief suggests measures that GCC countries could adopt in their foreign policies, drawing from international best practices and knowledge on the interlinkages between food security and climate change. Agricultural production and climate change are interlinked in important ways, as are the related policy goals of food security, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change. At the international level, two global frameworks guide related development efforts: the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. It is crucial that the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, which largely rely on food produced in other countries, understand the relationships between the global development goals related to food security and climate change, and mainstream this knowledge into their foreign policy. This EDA Insight first explores the dynamics of the main food- and climate change-related global policy goals, including related synergies and trade-offs. It then presents a selection of international best practices in three areas of foreign affairs – trade, investments and aid – that relate to achieving food security and climate action goals simultaneously. The brief ends with suggestions on measures that GCC countries could adopt in their foreign policies, drawing from these best practices and knowledge on the interlinkages between food security and climate change. Please note that EDA’s research outputs do not necessarily represent the views of the UAE government but seek to address issues that foreign-policy experts and practitioners both in the UAE and worldwide will find informative and relevant. Download in English:
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His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan Attends Graduation of Second Cohort of Emirates Diplomatic Academy Students
17 September 2017, Sunday
His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), attended the graduation of the second cohort of EDA students, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Abu Dhabi. His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan praised and thanked His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, for his unwavering support and outstanding patronage of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy that is committed to preparing young Emirati talent to shape the future of the UAE’s diplomacy. A total of 34 students received post-graduate diplomas in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations after successfully completing the nine-month academic programme. During the ceremony, 14 students were honoured for their outstanding Capstone projects, with awards presented in five categories: the best overall capstone, the most rigorous research, the most innovative capstone, the most practical capstone, and the best team work.The graduating class of 2017 also included employees of several ministries including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, and the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development. The graduation ceremony drew the participation of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan Humanitarian and Scientific Foundation, His Excellency Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi, Deputy Minister of Presidential Affairs, His Excellency Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, His Excellency Dr Ahmed Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education, His Excellency Dr Sultan Ahmad Al Jaber, Minister of State and member of the EDA Board of Trustees, Her Excellency Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, and several other high profile officials, public figures and families of the graduating class of 2017 also attended the ceremony. In his address to the graduates, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan thanked and applauded them on their achievement, emphasising the important role of the graduates in representing the UAE on the world stage. His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan praised the efforts of the EDA faculty in empowering the second batch of students to serve their country. His Highness said: “The UAE’s diplomacy represents the country’s soft power that has the potential to make a fundamental difference in its position on the global map and promote the noble values of tolerance and respect that we hold so dear.” His Highness added: "In 2018, we will celebrate the intellectual and moral legacy of the founding founder of the UAE, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as the Year of Zayed. I see his legacy reflected today when I look at this remarkable batch of Emirati youth, who are capable of fulfilling the country's foreign policy objectives in an efficient and responsible manner. I have the utmost confidence in these young people and in their ability to become the true bearers of Zayed’s message." For his part, His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “We are proud to graduate the second batch of EDA diplomats. We have confidence in their ability to achieve the vision of the UAE leadership to promote diplomatic work and excellence in supporting the foreign policy objectives of the country that aim to enhance international cooperation and defend the interests of the UAE.” His Excellency added: "We work relentlessly in preparing our students to meet the challenges of the changing world of foreign policy and to open new horizons for the UAE through enhancing its prominent global status. As part of their experiential learning component, our student delegations visited the Netherlands, Belgium and China this year, while last year's batch toured New York and Washington to get acquainted first-hand with the intricacies of diplomatic work abroad." EDA has been the driving force in the UAE’s efforts to qualify talented men and women for international careers and positions of leadership in support of the nation’s foreign policy objectives.
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EDA Reflection by Sultan Al Qassemi Explores Emirati Art and Cultural Diplomacy
12 September 2017, Tuesday
Following the recent announcement that the Louvre Abu Dhabi will open on 11 November, the Emirates Diplomatic Academy is releasing an EDA Reflection, in which Sultan Al Qassemi, the UAE-based writer and founder of Barjeel Art Foundation, describes the contribution that Emirati art has made to the UAE’s cultural diplomacy and soft power. Please note that EDA’s research outputs do not necessarily represent the views of the EDA or the UAE government but seek to address issues that foreign-policy experts and practitioners both in the UAE and worldwide will find informative and relevant.
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EDA Working Paper Explores Ways for GCC Countries to Engage with International Cooperative Frameworks on Energy Pricing Reform
12 September 2017, Tuesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy has launched an EDA Working Paper titled GCC States and Energy Pricing Reform: Building and Using International Frameworks of Cooperation, authored by Tom S. H. Moerenhout. The working paper analyses existing international frameworks of cooperation on energy pricing reform, from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries’ perspective. The paper focuses on two relevant modes of cooperation: norm-creation in an international policy setting; and technical assistance to domestic reforms. The Working Paper takes stock of key international institutions and cooperation frameworks, which include the Group of Twenty, Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform, Global Subsidies Initiative, International Monetary Fund, World Bank and World Trade Organization. It then examines GCC engagement with these frameworks, and presents experiences of other MENA countries. The paper further makes policy recommendations for the GCC countries with regard to participation in international policy formation and engaging international institutions on technical assistance. On international policy development, the study finds that GCC countries recognise the drawbacks of low energy prices, but want a debate that considers their socio-political importance. On technical assistance, it notes that international institutions have strong and diverse experiences with energy pricing reforms in the MENA region and in fuel exporting countries. Please note that EDA’s research outputs do not necessarily represent the views of the UAE government but seek to address issues that foreign-policy experts and practitioners both in the UAE and worldwide will find informative and relevant. Download in English: Download Executive Summary in English: Download Executive Summary in Arabic:
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EDA Insight Identifies Role for Arab Aid Donors in Supporting Financing for Sustainable Development
13 July 2017, Thursday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy has launched an EDA Insight policy brief titled Financing Sustainable Development through Development Cooperation: Role for Arab Donors. The Insight explores ways in which development cooperation donors can support the implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) through alignment of relevant policies and actions. A global framework for financing development over the next decade and a half is outlined in the AAAA, launched in 2015. Reaching the Agenda’s targets will require the alignment of efforts by numerous actors, and will necessitate both domestic and international actions. This includes development assistance donors. The Insight starts by presenting the AAAA and identifying its key aspects for development cooperation donors. It then turns to emerging economies, which are playing an increasingly important role in global development finance, and zooms in on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) donors, examining their experience so far. Finally, the Insight makes initial suggestions regarding how the GCC, as well as other ‘emerging’ (non-Development Assistance Committee) donors, could (a) support the implementation of the AAAA through their development cooperation policies and measures and (b) strengthen their role in shaping the new international framework for development cooperation and finance. Please note that EDA’s research outputs do not necessarily represent the views of the UAE government but seek to address issues that foreign-policy experts and practitioners both in the UAE and worldwide will find informative and relevant. Download in English:
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Organises Training Course for Participants of UAE Youth Ambassadors Program
10 July 2017, Monday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) organised an interactive training course for 20 participants of the UAE Youth Ambassadors Program. The Academy developed the course in conjunction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the Educational Affairs Office at the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi. In line with the objectives of the programme, the training course placed special emphasis on the UAE-China relations. The week-long course covered a range of subjects including protocol and etiquette, communication and cultural awareness, and report writing skills. Launched in 2012 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE Youth Ambassadors Program seeks to develop young Emiratis to take on prominent roles in key strategic sectors to promote cross-cultural understanding and strengthen relations between the UAE and its strategic partners. His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, said: "Emirates Diplomatic Academy works relentlessly to impart the latest theoretical and practical expertise in the field of diplomacy and international relations to future UAE diplomats with the aim of equipping them with the tools to become worthy representatives of their country on the world stage. EDA is committed to empowering young Emiratis to become the driving force of the UAE’s international strategic initiatives. The course for the participants of the UAE Youth Ambassadors Program is a prime example of how the Academy meets this mandate.” Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of the Executive Training and Student Affairs Department at EDA, added: "The Academy offers programmes and training courses tailored to the requirements of the modern age and designed in accordance with international best practices. As the strategic partners of the UAE Youth Ambassadors Program, we have developed our latest course to build the participants’ diplomatic capabilities, and enhance their understanding of the UAE’s foreign policy and international relations. We are confident that the course will go a long way towards helping the youth ambassadors make the right strategic decisions while representing their country abroad." Speaking on her takeaways from the course, Majida Al Maktoum, UAE Youth Ambassador Program member, said: "I thank the Academy for organising the course that provided deep insight into the nature of the UAE’s relationship with China and the common values the two countries share, enabling us to gain a greater understanding of our country's foreign policy objectives.” She added: “Participants also learned about the Belt and Road initiative that seeks a symbolic revival of ancient trade routes through boosting foreign infrastructure investments and developing trade relations between China and other countries. We were proud to discover the significant role the UAE plays in this endeavour and other important strategic initiatives.” Al Maktoum said: “The Program will continue working on enhancing knowledge of Chinese culture, through multiple site visits within the UAE and in China. The Program will also work on further developing Chinese language skills amongst all participants." For his part, Hassan Abdullah Al Ali, a fellow participant, said: "With its vast territory, rich geographic diversity and high population density, China is one of the most diverse countries in the world in terms of cultures, religions and spiritual concepts. The course helped us understand the educational, cultural and economic connections between the UAE and China. We also studied the basics of Chinese protocol and etiquette, and the most important customs and traditions that distinguish Chinese people from other nations and reflect their history and civilisation. Furthermore, we got to bond with the other participants of the UAE Youth Ambassadors Program."
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy and Georgetown University Collaborate on Arabic Translation of Diplomatic Case Study
02 July 2017, Sunday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy educational and research institution, has for the first time collaborated with Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) to translate one of their most recent case studies, Crisis in Dominion, into Arabic. Crisis in Dominion describes a fictional international, political-military crisis in which the participants are exposed to different elements of crisis management and acquire the crucial skills of information assessment, analysis, negotiation and decision-making. The ISD has a world-renowned library of nearly 250 case studies in diplomacy that serve as a unique and useful educational tool for aspiring diplomats. Crisis in Dominion is the first of ISD’s case studies to be translated into Arabic. His Excellency Bernardino Leon, President of EDA, said: “Case studies serve as a helpful tool in practical learning. We at EDA are delighted to have partnered on this milestone project for the benefit of Arabic-speaking students and practitioners. We are confident that aspiring diplomats worldwide, as well as our own students at EDA will find immense value in this case study for the improvement of their diplomatic skills. “We look forward to forging a long and fruitful relationship with Georgetown University in our aim to help diplomatic professionals to develop their capabilities and make sure they best represent their country abroad.” Leon added that EDA’s collaboration with Georgetown University validates its ongoing efforts to support the UAE’s foreign relations and raise the international profile of the Academy in enhancing the learning experience of students.The translation of the nearly 50-page case study can be accessed on the ISD website (https://casestudies.isd.georgetown.edu/products/student-version-333).
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EDA Insight examines oil market trends and foreign policy implications
08 June 2017, Thursday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy has released an EDA Insight policy brief titled Global Trends in Oil and Energy: Implications for the GCC and Foreign Policy Responses. The Insight examines how global energy markets are evolving, what this could mean for Gulf oil exporters and how these countries could respond through the means of foreign policy. It presents ten key oil market-related trends, assesses their implications for the UAE and other key GCC exporters, and presents several possible foreign policy responses. The Insight concludes that the GCC countries’ foreign policy and diplomacy can play a role with regard to: responses to changing demand patterns, and managing the changing producer–consumer relations; managing changing producer-producer relations; and maximising the chances of economic success in a context of uncertainty over future oil demand and prices. The brief is the outcome of a joint workshop organised between the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) and EDA, in May 2017, under the title Global and Regional Energy Trends: Implications for the UAE and Foreign Policy Responses. It draws from discussions at the workshop and in particular ideas and data presented by Dr Bassam Fattouh of OIES. Please note that EDA’s research outputs do not necessarily represent the views of the UAE government but seek to address issues that foreign-policy experts and practitioners both in the UAE and worldwide will find informative and relevant. Download in English:  Download in Arabic:
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EDA Reflection describes how to conduct successful negotiations.
30 May 2017, Tuesday
In this EDA Reflection, Baroness Catherine Ashton, former EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, highlights some key lessons from her experience of negotiations and identifies the importance of understanding who needs to be involved in the negotiation, how to manage the process, and what outcomes you want. Read more
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Concludes Cultural Attaché Executive Training Programme in Cooperation with the Ministry of Education
29 May 2017, Monday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, has graduated a new cohort of cultural attachés. The two-week Programme enabled students to improve in a range of skills and competencies – including negotiation, intercultural awareness and strategic thinking – and to explore various topics related to diplomatic protocol and etiquette, as well as the UAE’s foreign policy. Courses utilised an active learning environment that involved intensive teamwork and class interaction, and incorporated lectures, class discussion, presentations, videos, and problem-based learning. EDA President Bernardino Leon congratulated the participants who have learned impactful skills with immediate real-world applications: “We are very proud of our graduates from the Cultural Attaché Programme. EDA’s Executive Training Department is focused on offering training to develop diplomatic capabilities of professionals. To meet this goal, we have created programmes that offer training in skills that diplomats use regularly in the field, and the Cultural Attaché Programme is a great example of how the Academy supports the UAE’s diverse foreign policy objectives.” Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of Executive Training and Student Affairs added, “Our aim with EDA’s executive training courses is to support diplomatic professionals and to make sure they have the necessary training to best represent their country abroad. The wide-range of topics in the Cultural Attaché Programme ensures that they are comprehensively prepared to serve as diplomats around the world.” EDA offers a wide range of executive training programmes for established foreign policy professionals that cover topics from economic diplomacy and political analysis, to international law and consensus-building. The executive training programmes represent an integral component of EDA’s specialised areas of focus that also include academic programmes for future diplomats, and research and analysis.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Hosts High-level Panel Discussion to Launch Culture Week
24 May 2017, Wednesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, launched its Culture Week, with the aim of enhancing cultural awareness, soft power and tolerance. The five-day event commenced on Sunday with a high-level panel discussion highlighting the importance of cultural understanding in diplomacy and the integral role diplomats play in promoting this understanding across sectors. The distinguished panellists also stressed the pivotal role of cultural diplomacy as soft power in today’s geo-political landscape. Moderated by His Excellency Dr Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation and Cultural Advisor at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, the high-level international panel included His Excellency Paulo Portas, former Deputy Prime Minister and former Minister of State and Foreign Affairs of Portugal, His Excellency Talal Shubailat, Ambassador and Executive Director of the European Commission-League of Arab States Liaison Office, Her Excellency Manal Ataya, Director General of Sharjah Museums Department, Sir Anthony Seldon, British contemporary historian, commentator and political author, and Dubai Abulhoul, Rhodes Scholar and columnist with The Gulf Today and Al Bayan. His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, said: "The UAE has established itself as an international leader, with policies that promote the principles of peace, tolerance and mutual respect. The UAE is an active participant in resolving many global issues, and supports humanitarian and development projects in many countries around the world. As part of EDA’s drive to enhance understanding across cultures and nationalities, Culture Week is a great platform to promote inter-cultural exchange and awareness. “We are honoured to host His Excellency Dr Zaki Nusseibeh as a distinguished keynote speaker and moderator of our panel discussion to launch Culture Week. He is an outstanding role model for our young diplomats, with a long career as a trusted senior advisor and translator for the late Sheikh Zayed. Equally inspirational are our international panel of speakers – all established diplomats in their own right." In his keynote address, His Excellency Dr Nusseibeh discussed how cultural diplomacy is an essential tool for reducing areas of conflict among diverse civilisations, and for reinforcing mutual understanding and building global perspectives that support peace. He also highlighted the UAE’s efforts in promoting cultural diplomacy and international exchange through the launch of projects such as the Saadiyat Cultural District. His Excellency elaborated that the UAE’s rich culture lies in its history, heritage, literature, arts and archaeology. For his part, His Excellency Paulo Portas stressed that cultural diplomacy is a very critical issue to enable nations to work across different dimensions of soft power. Her Excellency Manal Ataya added that Sharjah has built a diverse culture over the years and that her work in the emirate encourages an open dialogue that celebrates cultural differences. Sir Anthony Seldon also highlighted rapid changes in the diplomatic world, and the necessity of countries to increasingly leverage soft power. He praised the efforts of the UAE and in particular its successes, such as the formation of the Soft Power Council, and the new government ministries of Youth, Happiness, and Tolerance. Dubai Abulhoul commented that younger generations are responsible for the future of their country. She furthered that it is important for them to leverage the culture and heritage of the UAE, and to ensure that their nation continues to be a global cultural destination, as well as a beacon for the exchange of cultural experiences. Dubai concluded by advising on the importance of reading different types of content and being open to topics that challenge viewpoints. The UAE needs to encourage creators of content, not only consumers. Students from Emirates Diplomatic Academy enjoyed an interactive session with the panel and posed some thought-provoking questions to conclude the evening. Culture Week continued through the week with key highlights including a special screening of Anwar Roma (The Lights of Rome) in collaboration with Image Nation, a documentary telling the incredible story of the UAE national football team’s success in qualifying for the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Furthermore, EDA is hosting a talent showcase offering students an opportunity to present the culturally relevant skills they need to emerge as well-rounded diplomats in the future. On Wednesday, a cultural excursion will showcase the UAE’s rich heritage allowing students the chance to appreciate the art and culture of people from around the world. Participants can explore the history of the country at Qasr Al Hosn, the symbolic birthplace of Abu Dhabi and former home to the emirate's ruling Al Nahyan family. In addition, they will visit local and foreign art collections at Manarat Al Saadiyat at the Saadiyat Cultural District Abu Dhabi. Underlining the deeply rooted links between language and culture and the influence of language on society, the final day of Culture Week will focus on foreign languages taught at EDA, and explore how the use of multiple languages shapes one’s perception of the world. Emirates Diplomatic Academy provides a holistic and streamlined educational experience that supports and enhances the diplomatic capabilities of the UAE with advanced teaching methods, through lectures and interactive discussions by leading diplomats and decision makers. EDA’s comprehensive study programmes train students in all aspects of diplomatic practice, empowering them to become worthy representatives of their country abroad.
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Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan Attends Emirates Diplomatic Academy to Celebrate Europe Day with 14 European Embassy Representatives
10 May 2017, Wednesday
His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development attended the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the European Union, in honour of Europe Day, held exclusively for students and faculty at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading institution specialising in international relations, diplomacy, education, executive training and research. 14 high-level representatives of embassies of EU member countries in the UAE were welcomed at a gala ceremony at the Academy in honour of Europe Day, a special celebration of the 60th anniversary of the European Union. The event offered a unique opportunity for EDA students to engage in closed, in-depth discussions with leading diplomats on academic and diplomatic topics during roundtable sessions. This event also provided students a platform to share experiences from their recent delegation visits to the Netherlands and Belgium, and to put their skills into practice. On the occasion, His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development said that the UAE is a land of peace and religious tolerance, where everyone lives in harmony and peaceful coexistence with each other despite different religions and beliefs, stressing that the state established a policy of tolerance, moderation and respect for others values. The UAE has always encouraged a strong relationship with our European counterparts. And this occasion highlights the achievements of the European Union, one of the UAE most valued partners. His Excellency Patrizio Fondi, Ambassador of the EU, led the delegation. Among participating ambassadors were Her Excellency Dominique Mineur, Ambassador of Belgium, His Excellency Dionyssios Zois, Ambassador of Greece, His Excellency Liborio Stellino, Ambassador of Italy, His Excellency Frank Mollen, Ambassador of the Netherlands, His Excellency Jan Thesleff, Ambassador of Sweden. More distinguished guests included Dr. Joseph Pirotta, Charge d'Affaires at the Maltese Embassy, Mr. Ondřej Soukup, Czech Consul and Deputy Head of Mission, Ms. Anna Gawlik, Polish Consul, Ms. Marjaana Ettala, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Finland, Mr. François Penguilly, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of France, Mr. Justin Ryan, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Ireland, Mr. Loïc Bertoli, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Luxembourg, and Mr. Gabor Gubicza, Deputy Head of Mission of Hungary. The event highlighted the importance of advancing relations between the EU and the UAE that have lately grown from strength to strength, especially since the simplification of visa rules that have provided more open travel for UAE national throughout the 34 European countries party to the Schengen agreement, and continued improving bilateral trade. In addition, EDA students participated in a lively roundtable discussion with the prominent guests on the Global Strategy for the EU’s Foreign and Security Policy as well as the impact of Brexit and the current political situation in France on the Union. Attendees at the ceremony got a glimpse into the history of the EU since the formation of its predecessor, the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), in the aftermath of the Second World War. His Excellency Patrizio Fondi added: “It is a great honour to celebrate this occasion in the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, and with the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, where young Emiratis are inspired to be the leaders of tomorrow. The role of young diplomats is crucial to promoting peace, solidarity, tolerance and unity. This occasion marks the origins of the European Union and the challenges it faces in the world today. For his part, His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, said: “Our Academy was greatly honoured to welcome His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan for this special anniversary. EDA seeks to enhance understanding across cultures and countries to help forge stronger, closer relations with a diverse range of nations, including our friends within the EU. The exchanges of ideas, such as the EDA students' trip to Brussels and The Hague pave the way for future cooperation and common projects.” Speaking on the importance of marking the anniversary of the EU, he added: “The UAE shares many common values with the Union. Tonight’s ceremony demonstrates the Academy’s unwavering commitment to supporting the strong ties between the UAE and the member countries of the EU. Furthermore, the roundtable discussion adds great value to the learning experience of our participating students.” Europe Day is an annual celebration that is held by the European Union during the month of May, and it is held to raise awareness of the Union, the development of European integration, defense of human rightEns, parliamentary democracy and rule of law. 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community, and was one of the most important founding treaties of the modern European Union. The UAE and the EU have long held a diplomatic relationship centred on shared political and regional goals. Working together, this bilateral relationship focuses on ensuring global stability, implementing strategies to address issues that include, trade, energy, environment, climate change, security, among others.  
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