Emirates Diplomatic Academy  organises training course to create leaders with visionary decision-making capabilities
16 December 2015, Wednesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the leading integrated foreign policy, academic and research centre in the region, organised a Leadership Skills training course featuring interactive practical exercises to enable participants to learn the dynamics of leadership styles. Led by Tony Copeman, leadership coach at Lead Training Institute, the two-day training course on the 13th and 14th of December encouraged active discussions of case studies on leadership styles and creativity in the workplace, and offered team exercises to develop innovation and creativity. The course also included video presentations to illustrate key learning points, and offered opportunities for sharing experiences and exchanging knowledge, as well as practicing key concepts through role plays. Attended by employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and various government organisations, participants in the leadership training course were able to gain critical skills in building a strong followership, and learn the art of leadership with visionary decision-making capabilities. The course also offered insights on managing time and resources more effectively, command respect by peers and followers, and gain insights on developing leadership style. Commenting on the occasion, Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of Executive Education and spokesperson at EDA, said: “The EDA model of education is designed to strengthen the UAE’s competitive advantage in the international economy and global political arena, making it a unique model in diplomatic capacity development, research and thought leadership in the UAE. The Leadership Skills training course was organised as part of this visionary approach to prepare the next generation of top UAE diplomats and leaders in the field of diplomacy.” On the first day of the training, participants were offered insights on the skills and qualities of a good leader. Discussions focused on topics such as Management versus leadership, Collaborative leadership, Transactional leadership, Visionary leadership and Situational leadership. A session on ‘Leading others effectively’ looked at the secrets of inspiring others, and the aspects of a people-oriented helper and a task-oriented helper. The session also highlighted possibilities in optimising a leader’s natural strengths as well as prospects of individual transformation for self-development. It also focused on the topic of corporate transformation through innovative leadership. A group activity was organised on innovative leadership offering key insights on topics such as ‘Effective skills for understanding others’ and ‘Understanding personality profiles’. The activity also focused on crisis management and ways of applying teamwork for innovation in the workplace as well as establishing the criteria for training and development of teams. The second day started with a session on ‘Leadership delegation and mentoring’ featuring topics such as ‘Best practices to effectively delegate’, ‘Delegation versus empowerment’ and ‘Pre-requisites for coaching and mentoring’. The session also looked at the leader’s role in coaching and the power of motivation. A session on ‘Leadership with time management’ explored how work can be prioritised, and offered tips on effective time management. Another session highlighted the leader as a problem solver and shed light on creative problem solving techniques, removing emotional and mental blind spots, and managing people conflicts. As an integrated centre for diplomatic training, the Academy offers Post-Graduate Diploma Programme for the graduates to gain the skills and confidence required to effectively represent the UAE in the international arena. It also provides short-term Executive Education courses training courses targeted at current employees in the fields of foreign policy and diplomacy in the UAE. In the area of research and analysis, the Academy conducts in-depth studies on the region and the UAE to build a knowledge base in the field of international relations and diplomacy.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy signs cooperation protocol with Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
15 December 2015, Tuesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) has signed a cooperation protocol with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China to boost diplomatic training between the two countries. The agreement, signed by His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Member of the Board of Trustees of EDA, and HE Qin Yaqing, President of China Foreign Affairs University, will foster innovation in the field of diplomatic staff training and enable the exchange of information and documentation on subjects of common interest through the two academies respective libraries and archives. The protocol of cooperation follows the ongoing UAE state visit to China, during which the two countries established a joint strategic investment fund worth US$10bn and a signed a second agreement to collaborate on oil and gas projects with the China National Petroleum Corp and Mubadala Petroleum. EDA, the UAE's pioneering integrated foreign policy academic and research centre, offers integrated academic teaching and executive education with research activities in the specific context of the UAE and the region. During the course of the programme, students are exposed to a range of ideas, studies and research in the international diplomacy sector. As part of its efforts to become an integrated academic centre, the Academy offers a Post-Graduate Diploma Programme and also provides short-term training courses to meet the needs of current employees in the fields of foreign policy and diplomacy in the UAE. The Academy conducts in-depth studies on the region and the UAE to build a knowledge base in the field of international relations and diplomacy, which will support the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and decision-makers in the UAE.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy  highlights research and analysis as focal area in achieving success in international relations
08 December 2015, Tuesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the leading integrated foreign policy, academic and research centre in the region, organised a two-day course aimed at improving the research and analysis skills of professionals in the international diplomacy arena and enabling them to apply them effectively in their career. Led by Dr. Muin Khoury from the International Institute for Consulting and Training (IICT), the course on Research and Analysis, organised on December 6 and 7, 2015, highlighted the relevance of data in analysing a country or policy issue, particularly focusing on ways to find and interpret the right data. Dr. Khoury, a former director of the Foreign Press Department of the Office and Research & Opinion Polling Department of the Office of King Abdullah II of Jordan, offered insights based on his expertise with over 30 years in leadership positions in Middle Eastern politics, socio-political research and communications. Commenting on the occasion, Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of Executive Education and spokesperson at EDA, said: “Emirates Diplomatic Academy offers distinguished platforms for foreign affairs and diplomacy related discussions through events that bring together leading local, regional and international scholars and practitioners. The comprehensive sessions organised as part of the Research and Analysis course offered an opportunity to examine potential ways of improving UAE’s bilateral relations with other countries, and highlighted the major role of the Academy as a key pillar in developing the country’s future diplomatic corps and foreign policy thought leadership.” The first session of the course on December 6 offered insights on the importance of research in the political and public domain, and described the various types of research and methodologies, especially research in communications. The second session focused on sources of knowledge and information and the importance of political and economic data. The session also gave expert perspective on country reports for policy briefings based on available resources. Day one of the training course concluded with a session on ‘Useful Indices’ which examined prominent indices of entities such as United Nations, World Economic Forum, Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, and Freedom House and those related to topics such as Prosperity; Press Freedoms; and Corruption. On the second day, the training course offered an overview of UAE country perceptions, examining media clippings and reports as well as Arab and international country scoring. A country perceptions survey was the highlight of one of the sessions while another session drew attention to failed states and other country descriptions. As an integrated centre for diplomatic training, the Academy offers Post-Graduate Diploma Programme for the graduates to gain the skills and confidence required to effectively represent the UAE in the international arena. It also provides short-term Executive Education courses training courses targeted at current employees in the fields of foreign policy and diplomacy in the UAE. In the area of research and analysis, the Academy conducts in-depth studies on the region and the UAE to build a knowledge base in the field of international relations and diplomacy.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy organises innovation labs to promote innovative approaches in diplomacy
25 November 2015, Wednesday
In response to the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to mark 2015 as the Year of Innovation, and as part of its participation in the UAE Innovation Week, Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) organised a set of parallel brainstorming workshops under the title, ‘Innovation in Diplomacy Labs’, during which the Academy’s students presented their innovative ideas to enhance diplomatic work and promote the status of the UAE regionally and globally. UAE Innovation Week is an annual initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to highlight innovations and innovators in the UAE and honour achievements. Innovation represents one of the most important pillars of EDA’s vision and a key strategy of UAE diplomacy to develop all areas in the diplomatic field. EDA is focused on efforts to innovate new approaches in international relations to enhance the UAE’s leading position in line with the Vision 2021, which aims to make the UAE one of the most advanced countries in the world in the coming years. Abeer Al Mutawa, Marketing and Communications Director at Emirates Diplomatic Academy, said EDA organised the Innovation in Diplomacy Labs in response to the directives of the UAE leadership to employ innovation to raise the performance levels in all sectors. The Innovation in Diplomacy Labs was successful in generating several innovative ideas to meet the needs of next phase of diplomatic work, and highlighting the importance of employing these ideas to enhance the achievements of the UAE at the regional and international levels, she said. “Over the past few weeks, EDA students have been involved in discussions to employ the best innovative ideas to serve the diplomatic sector, and enhance the position of EDA as an integrated academic centre in the development of diplomatic capacity, research and thought leadership, and as a key driver of innovation to promote diplomatic performance in the UAE,” Al Mutawa said. The activities of Innovation in Diplomacy Labs started with an introduction highlighting the role of innovation in upgrading diplomatic performance. The session stressed the importance of training staff and encouraging them to adopt the culture of innovation in all aspects of work to meet the changing needs of international relations, and raise the status of the UAE as a global leader in diplomacy. The students participated in four brainstorming workshops organised in parallel in the presence of a group of experts in the field of innovation. The participants in the Diplomacy Index workshop highlighted the Index as an effective tool to evaluate diplomatic performance, identifying the latest local and global trends and mechanisms. It includes a range of effective strategies adopted by embassies to achieve foreign policy goals. In another session, participants discussed the idea of a ‘Virtual Reality Embassy’, which aims to strengthen the diplomatic presence of the UAE to serve UAE nationals abroad as well as citizens of other countries looking for information about the UAE. The workshop discussed all aspects of the virtual embassy, including measures to ensure secure online access. The third workshop reviewed the idea of ‘Youth Engagement Platform’, highlighting it as a tool to raise awareness about multi-cultural and diplomatic values among school children aged 7-10 in the UAE. The emphasis was on teaching them the most important concepts and values to prepare a future generation of leaders and diplomats. Another workshop discussed the idea of establishing a ‘Majlis for Arabic Language’ in order to strengthen the presence of Arabic in the international community through a series of events and activities organised by UAE embassies. The Majlis would involve innovative educational tools to teach Arabic language. The EDA students presented the ideas generated in the Innovation in Diplomacy Labs before the faculty and innovation experts and discussed mechanisms to implement the ideas by employing innovation and cutting-edge technologies as well as global best practices and successful experiences to promote diplomacy in the UAE.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy-Ministry of Foreign Affairs Directorate of Energy and Climate Change workshop prepares UAE delegation for Paris meeting
16 November 2015, Monday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), in partnership with the Directorate of Energy and Climate Change of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DECC-MoFA), organised a two-day training workshop to examine the latest developments around the international policy framework of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The well-attended workshop also analysed the most important issues concerning climate change for the UAE’s climate change negotiating delegation and other professionals working in the field in the country. Titled ‘Climate Change Diplomacy and the UNFCCC’, the training course held at the EDA on November 11 and 12, 2015, was aimed at equipping UAE diplomats and stakeholders with the latest developments in this field. More than fifty diplomats and professionals participated in the workshop, including the UAE's climate change team, comprised of negotiators and stakeholders from several government agencies, as well as EDA staff and students. The workshop sessions, which were led by experts in the field from DECC-MoFA and EDA, examined multilateral climate change diplomacy and negotiations from both technical and political perspectives. "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs attaches great importance to knowledge development in line with the vision of the UAE leadership to create a competitive knowledge-based economy," said H.E. Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Director of Energy and Climate Change at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "Workshops such as this one are an essential component of building capacity of UAE diplomats as well as stakeholders engaged in climate change negotiations, especially in view of the critical climate change conference in the history of climate diplomacy starting later this month in Paris," he explained. Climate change is an issue of the highest importance internationally, and one in which the UAE’s leadership wishes to position the country as a constructive thought leader. At the same time, climate policy has impacts on energy, economic development and other areas of national interest for the UAE. At the UN Climate Change Conference, also known ‘COP 21’, which will take place in Paris, France, from 30 November to 11 December 2015, 195 countries are expected to reach a universal agreement that will govern climate actions after 2020 in order to prevent a dangerous rise in global average temperatures and enable countries to adapt to its negative impacts. Speaking at the close of the event, Mariam Al Mahmoud, EDA Spokesperson and Director of Executive Education, said: “we are pleased to have collaborated with MoFA on this successful training course on climate change diplomacy. This workshop is an excellent example of the kind of practical training the EDA provides to UAE professionals working in the field of diplomacy and international relations.” EDA’s portfolio of innovative and practical executive education courses are designed for individuals currently working as part of the UAE’s foreign policy and diplomatic corps and other government entities. Combining rigorous academic knowledge, contemporary research, and high-level practical experience, these courses are led by EDA’s in-house faculty and trainers, and are complemented by courses developed in collaboration with EDA’s local and international institutional partners.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy  appoints top  UN diplomat  Bernardino León Gross as its first Director General
04 November 2015, Wednesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy, today announced  the  appointment of Bernardino León as the first Director General of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s  leading  centre  of  excellence in diplomatic studies. Mr. Leon, will take up his position in December, 2015. A career diplomat with rich international experience spanning more than 25 years, Mr. Leon’s most recent role was as the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General to Libya, a position he has held for the past year. H.H. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of EDA, said:  “The Emirates Diplomatic Academy serves the important role of providing world-class training, research and intellectual leadership for our future diplomats. The deep experience and understanding of global geo-politics that Mr. León brings to EDA will be a rich resource for our new generation of diplomats. “The UAE’s diplomatic corps are the pillars of our international engagement, upholding our interests and promoting our leadership’s vision at global platforms. Developing the next generation of Emirati diplomatic talents is central to supporting our foreign policy objectives and in ensuring that our nation’s voice is heard as we pursue our outlook of promoting regional peace and stability.” A Spanish national, Mr. León has a deep understanding of global politics, diplomacy and foreign affairs. He has worked extensively in the Middle East, playing a major role in the European Union team that followed up and supported the Taba talks as well as the Hebron, Wye River, Camp David and Shepherdstown Accords. He was actively involved in the Geneva Agreement, and has served in Spanish Diplomatic Services at the recently created European External Action Service in the United Nations and other international centres. He has worked widely in political and economic affairs, especially as a G20 Sherpa, and has contributed significantly to cultural diplomacy. As Director General, Mr. León will work with EDA’s Board of Trustees to establish the strategic direction of the Academy as a global thought leader in diplomatic studies. He will lead the international faculty of experts at EDA in ensuring the highest standards in diplomatic education and competency to create the new generation of Emirati diplomats that the Academy nurtures. The appointment will also help enhance EDA’s status as an elite diplomatic institution that provides vital policy direction and insights on contemporary regional and global issues. Speaking about his new role, Mr. León said: “I am delighted to take up this new position and look forward to engaging with the young Emirati nationals and working with the seasoned faculty, training and research teams to establish EDA as a referral point in diplomatic studies.  EDA is truly a path-breaking initiative by the UAE Government to nurture the next generation of diplomatic and foreign relations professionals. It’s unique world-class academic and research platform is built on course offerings and research themes that match the UAE’s growing prominence in regional and international affairs.” Emphasizing EDA’s crucial role in developing the country’s future diplomatic corps and foreign policy thought leadership, Mr. León said: “The Academy shapes a dedicated talent pool of young professionals who can enter diplomatic careers with an insightful world view of politics and foreign affairs. Such a forward-looking training initiative will further enable the UAE to achieve even more significant successes in its international relations.” During his distinguished diplomatic career, Mr. León has been in active engagement with governments and diverse stakeholders in Europe, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Tunisia, among others. His sphere of influence has covered economic diplomacy, intercultural dialogue, security, energy and migration. Mr. León conducted crucial negotiations in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia promoting Arab values and underpinning the need for tolerance and cultural understanding. His abiding respect for Arab values and fostering intercultural dialogue was instrumental in the launch of the Vienna Centre for Dialogue between Religions and the foundation of Three Cultures, a Moroccan-Spanish Centre. Mr. León holds a diploma in International Relations from the University of Barcelona and a Degree in Law from the University of Malaga, Spain. He is the author and translator of several books, lectures at universities around the world and has won over 20 international awards for his diplomacy work.  
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy puts the spotlight on opportunities and challenges in economic diplomacy
21 October 2015, Wednesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the pioneering integrated foreign policy, academic and research centre in the region, evaluated the opportunities and challenges in economic diplomacy for foreign policy-making during an Executive Education course on ‘Economic Diplomacy’. The three-day course, which took place from October 18 to 20, 2015, provided insights on the methodology of economic diplomacy, and enabled the participants to gain a deeper understanding of the evolution of economic diplomacy and its key role in international affairs. “EDA Executive Education courses are designed to train government staff engaged in different aspects of diplomacy and international relations. These courses feature highly engaging sessions involving practical exercises aimed at enhancing the experience of the participants and raising their skill levels to meet current challenges in the diplomatic arena,” said Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of Executive Education at EDA. The Executive Education course on ‘Economic Diplomacy’ was led by Shawn Aktar, an expert with extensive experience in capacity development programmes; Kishan S. Rana, a veteran Indian Foreign Service diplomat; and Shahid Akhtar, an expert in international development policy. The first day of the course demonstrated an understanding of the basic economic concepts, explaining the UAE economy and its legislative and policy frameworks. A session was devoted to the current state of economic diplomacy. Economic work at embassies and the possibilities of integrating economic work into diplomacy were the main areas of focus on the second day. One of the sessions dealt with UAE’s political and socio-economic history and its impact on diplomacy. The third day examined the tools and instruments for promoting the UAE economy. The day included a session on domestic and international partners and stakeholders promoting the UAE economy. It also looked at the roles and relationships between the various UAE institutions, departments and policies in setting economic policy. EDA’s portfolio of innovative and practical executive education courses are designed for individuals currently working as part of the UAE’s foreign policy and diplomatic corps and other Government entities. Combining rigorous academic knowledge, contemporary research, and high-level practical experience, these courses are led by EDA’s in-house faculty and trainers, and are complemented by courses developed in collaboration with EDA’s local and international institutional partners.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy, in  cooperation  with  the National Emergency Crisis  and Disaster Management Authority, organises training course on emergency and crisis preparedness
29 September 2015, Tuesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) organised a two-day training session, in partnership with the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), on 27 & 28 September on ‘Preparation for emergencies and crisis’ for Diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is part of EDA’s efforts to create a proactive and engaging academic environment that encourages innovation, scientific research and exchange of knowledge across a number of sectors. Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of Executive Education at EDA, said that the Academy organises diverse training courses in cooperation with local and international partners to enhance the academic knowledge and skills of current and future diplomats to enable them to contribute positively to the UAE’s foreign policy goals. “The training programme is aimed at introducing the Diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the best practices in emergency response and disaster management. Organising the session underlines our commitment to collaborate with partners from the government, private, academic and international sectors to fulfill EDA’s mission to build capabilities that support the objectives of the UAE’s foreign policy. Our aim is to deliver high impact training and to disseminate research findings and thought leadership that furthers the understanding of diplomacy and international relations,” Al Mahmoud added..Supervised and facilitated by Aref Rashid Salem Al Zaabi, Head of the Specialised Training Unit at the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, the training session at EDA focused on the various functions of the Supreme Council for National Security, and the specialty areas of the NCEMA in the broader context of the emergency management system in the UAE. The session also shed light on different types of emergencies, disasters and crisis situations. Established in 2014, EDA is a pioneering integrated academic and research centre dedicated to strengthening the UAE national’s foreign policy knowledge. EDA equips the UAE’s current and future diplomats with the knowledge, multi-disciplinary skills and network required for a rewarding career in Foreign Service.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy sets benchmark with the launch of its Post-Graduate Diploma Programme
01 September 2015, Tuesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy received today (September 1) the first batch of students for its Post-Graduate Diploma Programme in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations, a unique programme spread over nine months, which will equip the students with excellent understanding of all aspects of international relations and instill in them the confidence and ability to represent the UAE in international platforms. With the start of the academic year, 59 students will join an orientation programme that will prepare them for the advanced academic course, designed to build enhance capabilities in UAE’s relations at the regional and international levels. “The UAE recognises the growing importance of nurturing its diplomatic community. As such the EDA curriculum has been developed specifically for the country’s needs and is based on a range of global best practices. Students have been selected based on international standards, giving them every opportunity to develop a broad range of skills in order to best represent the UAE on an international stage,” said Dr. Stephen L. Keck, Academic Director. “Students will find that the EDA experience is multifaceted: as they acquire the critical professional skills necessary for the practice of diplomacy, they will also study academic courses and be encouraged to become active in research projects.” Dr. Stephen L. Keck continued, “We anticipate that they will graduate not only with the skills to become successful diplomats, but also with the analytical tools, which should enable them to critically evaluate information and help formulate solutions to difficult regional and global challenges.” During the academic year 2015-16, the students will study topics related to UAE Interest and National Security Policy as well as International Relations & Diplomacy. The programme will also cover Modern History & Contemporary Politics of the Middle East, International Law & International Organisations, as well as International Economics, Energy & Climate Change. Courses in the programme also include UAE Government Excellence, International Conflict & Cooperation, Bilateral & Multilateral Negotiation, Protocol, Etiquette & Communication, and Country Analysis and Diplomatic Report Writing. EDA’s unique approach combines academic teaching and executive education with research activities in the specific context of the UAE and the region. During the course of the programme, the students will be exposed to the best of ideas, studies and research in the field of international diplomacy. As part of its efforts to become an integrated academic centre, the Academy offers through its Post-Graduate Diploma Programme an opportunity for the graduates to gain the skills and confidence required to effectively represent the UAE in the international arena. The Academy also provides short-term training courses to meet the needs of current employees in the fields of foreign policy and diplomacy in the UAE. Participants in the Executive Education courses will be taken through a collaborative environment that fosters innovation, intellectual curiosity and networking. In the area of research and analysis, the Academy will conduct in-depth studies on the region and the UAE to build a knowledge base in the field of international relations and diplomacy, which will support the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and decision-makers in the UAE.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy highlights UAE’s competitive advantage in enriching international diplomacy
26 August 2015, Wednesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) has highlighted the economic advantages a strong diplomatic community can play in improving foreign relations and raising the profile of a country on the world stage at an official government training programme in Abu Dhabi. The two-day training programme, in partnership with the Emirates Competitiveness Council, is part of the concerted efforts by EDA to strengthen the skills of Emiratis in diplomacy and further cement the UAE’s reputation globally. Speaking at the event, HE Abdullah Nasser Lootah, Secretary General of the Emirates Competitiveness Council, said: “This programme marks the first steps in what we hope will be a long lasting relationship between the Emirates Diplomatic Academy and the Emirates Competitiveness Council as we look to develop future leaders to represent the UAE on the global stage. It also served as a significant opportunity to share the competitive advantages of the UAE with the participants. EDA will continue to work with international organisations to promote the sharing of best global practices, practical advice and experience, he added. “We are keen to build strong partnerships and strategic relationships with various stakeholders associated with competitiveness and contribute towards raising the ranking of the UAE in global reports and indicators.” More than thirty-three top Abu Dhabi government officials attended the interactive training course, which offered a comprehensive overview of all aspects of competitiveness in addition to reviews of landmark international case studies and specialised reports. ‏Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of Executive Education at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, emphasised the UAE’s position on a range of international competitiveness surveys. “The UAE continues to rank among the world’s most competitive countries, and we hope that with the establishment of the EDA and wide range of programmes we’ll be offering that we will continue to consistently improve our rating looking ahead,” she said. The Emirates Diplomatic Academy, established in 2014, is a prestigious learning community that brings together the best of academia, research and practice through region-specific programmes, cutting edge thought leadership and access to the UAE’s finest diplomatic minds. It represents an academic centre for studies, research and reports related to international relations and diplomacy.
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EDA to commence first Post Graduate Diploma Programme in  UAE Diplomacy & International Relations in September
17 August 2015, Monday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) will receive the first batch of students for its Post Graduate Diploma programme in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations in September this year. The nine-month programme aims to nurture the next generation of Emirati diplomats through a comprehensive educational curriculum that focuses on both advanced theory and hands-on practical sessions.  EDA has been providing specialised short-term training courses on diverse areas of diplomacy since June 2015. The new Post Graduate Diploma course, commencing in September, is the first full-fledged academic programme that has gained positive response from Emirati youth who aspire to serve the nation in various diplomatic roles.  EDA has now established its credentials as an academic and scientific centre that works to fulfil the vision of the UAE leadership to strengthen the skills of Emirati youth. It is the only institution of its kind in the country that emphasises on educational programmes for shaping the new generation of UAE career diplomats. EDA is billed to be a centre of excellence in advanced studies and in-depth research in diplomatic programmes.  Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of Executive Education at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, said: "EDA is now entering a new phase of its growth and has defined its credentials in providing advanced and scientific knowledge in diplomatic education. We have an accomplished faculty of prominent experts who provide our students with theoretical and practical knowledge that adds significant value in shaping their careers as diplomats.” Ms. Al Mahmoud added that EDA is keen to developing the curriculum and executive training programmes to meet the requirements of diplomatic careers as well as to help future Emirati diplomats to acquire all the skills that assist them. “Our vision is to be a leading academic centre in the development of diplomatic capacity and intellectual leadership among Emirati youth.” The Post Graduate Diplomat programme focuses on specialised areas that are aligned with the needs of the UAE. These include: UAE Interests and National Security Policy, UAE History and Culture, International Relations and Diplomacy, Modern History and Contemporary Politics of the Middle East, International Law & International Organisations and International Economics, among others.  It also covers  Energy and Climate Change, UAE Government Excellence, International Conflict and Cooperation, Bilateral and Multilateral Negotiation, Protocol, Etiquette and Communication, Country Analysis and Diplomatic Report Writing, beside strengthening the skills of the students in a third language.  EDA is working on implementing the best academic standards to provide students with diplomatic skills, the ability and the confidence to represent the UAE actively in all international events. EDA is committed to promoting research and building diplomatic possibilities in line with the foreign policy objectives of the UAE.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy trains participants  on International Protocol Management
09 August 2015, Sunday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) continues to organize interactive training courses that are aimed at developing the skills and abilities of the Emirati diplomatic corps. As part of its commitment to building a talent pool of Emirati professionals who are dedicated to driving the country's international diplomatic initiatives, EDA has now joined hands with The Protocol School of Washington to launch a new course entitled "International Protocol Manager Training" to be held until August 12. The program will be led by leading international experts. The course will provide participants with the best skills in protocol relations to raise their competencies in international diplomacy and enhance their performance by adopting global standards in protocol. Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of Executive Education at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, said: "The Academy conducts interactive and integrated training courses that aim to provide participants with the necessary and top-notch skills they need in their diplomatic career. We are committed to adopting the most modern teaching methodologies and curricula to enable our participants to evolve as truly world-class professionals. All our courses are therefore based on a scientific and specialised academic approach that are career-oriented and will boost the performance and efficiency of the participants." Al Mahmoud said that the purpose of the "International Protocol Manager Training" course is to discuss and research all areas related to protocol management. It will transform theoretical knowledge and information into practical methodologies that can be adopted in a professional manner across all levels of international diplomacy." The International Protocol Manager Training will be led by Robert Hickey, Deputy Director of the Protocol School of Washington, and Diane Brown, a recognized pioneer in the protocol training. The course will provide all requisite information to gain international knowledge relating to the protocols to be followed, and will focus on enhancing the confidence of the participants in their career, as they are exposed to diverse situations that call for a thorough understanding of protocol norms. The four-day course covers scientific and professional introduction on the design and management of protocols, and professional training on the effective management and good use of emotional intelligence in protocol performance. It is structured to enable participants to gain the highest trust and excellence levels when dealing with VIPs. The Emirates Diplomatic Academy, founded in 2014, is a prestigious learning community that brings together the best of academia, research and practice through region-specific programmes, cutting edge thought leadership and access to the UAE's finest diplomatic minds. It represents an academic center for studies, research and reports related to international relations and diplomacy.
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15 July 2015, Wednesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) will be a ‘game changer’ in providing the next generation of Emirati diplomats with the skills to promote the United Arab Emirates’ interests on the world stage, His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Member of the Board of Trustees of EDA, has said. Established last year on the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces, the EDA will “develop our foreign policy based on world-class standards that enhance the prestige of the nation,” said HE Al Jaber. The EDA, which has already recruited academics, researchers as well as local and international diplomats, is now offering its executive education courses and is fully prepared to welcome students in September. The Academy will also look to build partnerships with leading international institutions. “Our leadership places the highest importance in a credible and positive foreign policy, which has contributed to building the goodwill and national thought leadership of the UAE globally,” said HE Al Jaber. “Led by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the EDA Board of Trustees, the UAE has accomplished several milestones in its foreign relations. These include winning the bid to host the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) headquarters in Abu Dhabi and the bid to host the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. Another diplomatic triumph was the decision of the European Union to exempt UAE citizens from Schengen visa requirements.” HE Al Jaber explained that establishing the EDA in record time would not have been possible without the support of HH Sheikh Abdullah, who is committed to enabling the country’s national workforce to take the UAE’s international successes forward. “The Academy’s goal is to develop a competent national workforce that is specialised in diplomatic studies. The executive training programmes at EDA are based on advanced scientific and research methodologies that enable Emirati professionals to be part of UAE’s diplomatic corps and foster positive relations with the international community.” HE Al Jaber said that the UAE’s successful foreign policy is underpinned by the long-term vision of the country's leadership, established by the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. “Our international diplomacy is built on the principles of mutual respect as well as productive and friendly relations with various countries around the world. This enables us to play a key role in resolving several international issues. The EDA aims to build on these diplomatic achievements, in accordance with the country’s foreign policy fundamentals.” EDA adopts a comprehensive approach in its training by covering a broad range of subjects that provide participants with the skills to achieve effective outcomes. “EDA also seeks to set new standards in foreign policy initiatives based on a thorough and accurate evaluation of current situations and identifying future projections to drive the UAE’s diplomatic efforts internationally,” said HE Al Jaber.“The EDA adopts international best practices to train our diplomatic corps as well as employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and students from various other ministries and government entities,” said HE Al Jaber.
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Emirates  Diplomatic  Academy  completes  modern  learning  facility and campus ahead of start of first academic year
01 July 2015, Wednesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s pioneering integrated academic, training and research centre dedicated to strengthening UAE national’s foreign policy knowledge and diplomatic capacities, has recently completed its learning facility and campus, ahead of the commencement of the first academic year 2015-2016 in the first week of September. With the new facility completed, the Academy is all set to welcome a diverse group of students who will join EDA’s community from a number of government entities engaged in various fields of diplomacy and international relations. Conveniently located in Al Hosn Palace District near Abu Dhabi’s Corniche, EDA’s facility in includes a number of modern offerings that have been specifically designed to create a dynamic and inspiring educational environment for EDA’s students. Key facilities include a fully-fledged library and information resource, which supports the research and analysis component of the Academy, as it strives to become a key center for thought leadership and offer in-depth analysis to the country’s decision makers on a range of regional and international topics that concern the UAE. EDA’s library also contains an open area for students, professors and researchers to study, exchange ideas and network. EDA’s campus also features a world-class auditorium with a capacity of 120 people designed for hosting large numbers of students during lectures and special seminars by local and foreign diplomats, government officials and international speakers. In addition, the EDA facility has a spacious state-of-the-art seminar room equipped with modern amenities and special video conferencing tools, as well as over six class rooms to meet the needs of students during short courses under EDA’s Executive Education academic offering, or for long term classes throughout the year during the Post-graduate Diploma Programme in ‘UAE Diplomacy and International Relations’, which runs for a duration of nine consecutive months. Other key facilities at EDA include a garden and a dedicated café.EDA is a prestigious learning community that brings together the best of academia, research and practice through region-specific programmes, cutting edge thought leadership and access to the UAE’s finest diplomatic minds. EDA equips the UAE’s current and future diplomats with the knowledge, multi-disciplinary skills and network required for a rewarding career in Foreign Service.
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