Emirates Diplomatic Academy organises public lecture by  H.E. José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero on Public Diplomacy
18 April 2016, Monday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy,  the leading integrated foreign policy,  academic and research centre in the region, hosted on Monday April 18, 2016, a public lecture by His Excellency José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero,  Former Prime Minister of Spain and Human Rights & Alliance of Civilizations advocate, on the topic, ‘The Force of Public Diplomacy’. The session enabled the students and other invited guests to gain greater understanding about the latest trends in international diplomacy. The event also highlighted the Academy’s emphasis on offering platforms of discussion on topics of regional and global relevance, reflecting its status as a key pillar in developing the country’s future diplomatic corps and foreign policy thought leadership. Commenting on the lecture, HE Zapatero said, “Like all policy fields, Public Diplomacy is evolving fast. It is important to consider public diplomacy as the centre of foreign policy making process, and a critical element in establishing a long-term relationship with foreign audiences, in particular at the leadership level, as has been shown by the UAE in its engagements at the global level.” “Public diplomacy is significant in influencing key decisions and is driven by the development and advances of society, especially since the growth of communication and technology has made it possible to receive information much faster and allows for more active engagement with the public,” he added. On the occasion, Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “The lecture by His Excellency Zapatero is a significant step forward in EDA’s sustained efforts to share with the public the best international practices and experiences in the field of diplomacy. HE Zapatero has contributed immensely to the fields of diplomacy and development. His active engagements against domestic violence and his support for gender equality stand out as major initiatives and a model for other countries to follow.” Bernardino León added: “EDA is committed to creating more active engagements in the field of diplomatic learning through unique platforms aligned to the UAE’s vision to strengthen relations with countries around the world. EDA will harness such opportunities effectively to achieve its ambitious plans to set new standards of diplomatic excellence” HE José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is a member of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE). He was elected President of the Spanish Government, in the 2004 and 2008 general elections, gaining the support in both elections of more than eleven million voters. Zapatero’s main action in Government was focused on civic and social rights creation and extension, with legislative initiatives like the Integral Law against Gender Violence in 2004; Equality between Women and Men and the Dependency Laws in 2007 or the legislative reform of the Abortion Law in 2010. As the leading integrated academic centre in the region, EDA combines academic programmes and training, research and analysis to highlight the UAE’s leading role in international relations. The Academy also conducts in-depth studies on the region and the UAE to build a knowledge base in the field of international relations and diplomacy, and support the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and decision-makers in the UAE.
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UAE Youth Ambassadors Concludes a 3-Day Diplomatic Training at Emirates Diplomatic Academy
16 April 2016, Saturday
Emirates  Diplomatic  Academy (EDA)  organized an interactive  training  course  for  over  100  students  of  the  UAE  Youth  Ambassador  Program (UAEYAP). The 3-day course, held in Emirates Diplomatic Academy in Abu Dhabi, focused on familiarizing participants with elements of diplomacy, protocol, etiquette and communication, negotiation skills, as well as teaching them how to conduct country analysis. The training program aims to develop the participants’ skills and confidence to better prepare them to effectively represent the UAE in the international arena, and enhance their diplomatic abilities and expertise in international relations. On the occasion, Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “Emirates Diplomatic Academy complements academic knowledge with practical aspects of international relations to prepare the next generation of diplomatic cadre. EDA organised this training course to offer a better understanding of multicultural manners, enabling participants to make informed strategic decisions based on global best practices. The training course was designed to include a range of sessions including, introduction to diplomacy which introduced diplomatic principles to the trainees; developing their knowledge and understanding of diplomacy and its various forms such as multilateral, summit diplomacy, and other forms of diplomacy. It also introduced participants to ceremonial aspect of protocol procedures, behavior of etiquette, rules of courteousness in society, and respect for precedence. Emirates Diplomatic Academy provided the participants with certification of course completion. As an integrated centre for diplomatic training, EDA 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 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. The UAE Youth Ambassador program began in 2012 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed forces. The aim of this prominent program is to prepare young Emirati students to take positions in strategic sectors and strengthen the strategic partnerships between the UAE and selected countries under the program.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy training course highlights core practices of modern diplomacy
12 April 2016, Tuesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) organised a three-day interactive training session on ‘Introduction to Diplomacy’ to develop the core diplomatic skills of the participants and enable them to understand the multi-dimensional process of policy-making in external relations.Led by Dr. John Hemery, founder and Director of the Centre for Political and Diplomatic Studies, the training session included active discussions on the origins and development of diplomacy and addressed the rapidly-changing international context of globalisation. It also covered the elements of continuity and change and the role and work of embassies as well as the importance of effective public diplomacy and the increasing prominence of multilateral institutions. The highlight of the course was the lecture by His Excellency Philip Parham, UK Ambassador to the UAE, on the topic ‘The Duties of the Ambassador’. HE Parham said an ambassador is first and foremost a diplomat, and pointed out that one of the primary responsibilities of an ambassador is to represent the political interests of his or her country in the host nation, including communicating how the government feels about key issues of relevance to both countries. 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 and regional arena, making it a unique model in diplomatic capacity development. The training programme on diplomacy introduced the participants to the multi-dimensional process of policy-making in external relations, and highlighted the ways in which governments interact with other entities at home and abroad in modern diplomacy.” On the first day of the training, seminars were conducted on topics such as: 'Practice of Diplomacy: its evolution, theory and administration; Changing context of diplomacy; New roles of Embassies and Missions; and Practicalities of diplomacy: influencing and networking. At the end of the day, the participants were divided into teams for group exercises. The second day covered the topics Public diplomacy: theory, evolution and current practice; UAE as an actor in multilateral institutions, and Economic and Environmental Diplomacy. As an integrated centre for diplomatic training, EDA 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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New EDA Insight on Combatting Daesh in Libya
06 April 2016, Wednesday
EDA’s latest policy brief, titled ‘Combatting Daesh in Libya’, focuses on the strength, strategy and tactics of Daesh in Libya and assesses the range of policy instruments the international community could employ to help the legitimate Libyan authorities in their efforts to combat terrorism. 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 in the UAE and worldwide will find informative and relevant. The full text of this EDA Insight is available in English and in Arabic. Download in English:  Download in Arabic:  An infographic summary is also available in English. Download in English:     
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Paraguay Foreign Minister highlights shared values with UAE on tolerance and positive international relations
08 March 2016, Tuesday
The UAE and Paraguay share similar values on tolerance and friendly relations with other countries in the world, stated His Excellency Eladio Loizaga, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Paraguay, during a visit to Emirates Diplomatic Academy, which marked a significant step in EDA’s sustained efforts to highlight best international practices and experiences in the field of diplomacy. “Paraguay and the UAE are physically far apart on the global map, but in terms of development, culture, and ideologies we are very similar. Both the countries are renowned for their emphasis on tolerance, and we are proud to say that we share a positive relationship with each other,” HE Loizaga stated while describing his extensive experiences in public affairs and diplomatic fields with the EDA students and faculty. During the interactive session, moderated by Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, HE Loizaga called for stronger ties between the UAE and Latin America, and described the Gulf countries as important partners contributing to global development. He said Paraguay looks towards enhancing relations with countries in the region at various levels, and said stronger international ties are critical to establishing peace around the world. “We are open towards cooperation with the Gulf countries. We are aware of the international and regional scenario, and we absolutely condemn all kinds of extremist activities,” HE Loizaga said. The interactive session enabled the students of EDA to gain greater understanding about the latest trends in international diplomacy. On the occasion, HE Loizaga urged the students to work towards excelling themselves as outstanding diplomats of the future, and encouraged them to inspire good relations and achieve diplomatic success wherever they are posted. “A diplomat should be an intellectual, and should possess strategic skills and an open outlook to build and maintain positive relationships with other nations,” he said. During his interactions with the students, HE Loizaga emphasised the key role of the United Nations in establishing peace and better relations in all parts of the world. He said the UN representatives have a responsibility to work together on various objectives to create a better world. As an integrated academic centre, EDA combines academic programmes and training, research and analysis to highlight the UAE’s leading role in international relations. The Academy also conducts in-depth studies on the region and the UAE to build a knowledge base in the field of international relations and diplomacy, and support the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and decision-makers in the UAE.
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EDA publishes Insight on Early Recovery Initiatives in Post-Conflict Yemen
07 March 2016, Monday
EDA’s latest policy brief, titled ‘Post-Conflict Yemen: Early Economic Recovery Initiatives’, focuses on the short-term and long-term challenges to Yemen’s economy and suggests priorities for economic recovery in Yemen in a post-conflict phase. The full text of this EDA Insight is available in English and in Arabic. 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 in the UAE and worldwide will find informative and relevant. Download in English:  Download in Arabic: 
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy  training  course  enhances strategic thinking capabilities in diplomatic arena
23 February 2016, Tuesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) organised a three-day interactive practical training session on developing ‘Strategic Thinking and Scenario Planning Skills, as part of EDA’s efforts 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.Led by Mr. Bart Hogeveen and Ms. Evelien Borgman, Training and Research Fellows at the Clingendael Institute, the session included active discussions on the role of strategic thinking in developing foreign policy. It also featured team exercises involving Scenario Planning as the main tool for Strategic Thinking. Attended by Diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as senior employees from other government entities, the training session offered a deeper understanding of the importance of contributing to strategic policy planning and adapting it to analyze policies at various levels. 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 and regional arena, making it a unique model in diplomatic capacity development, research and thought leadership in the UAE. The training programme is aimed at further developing the leadership skills of the diplomats by using innovative and creative techniques that will help them to contribute to UAE’s foreign policy goals.” “Diplomacy is multifaceted and is often affected by technological, political, economic and other changes. Developing an effective foreign-policy is a very complex task, and the policies have to be analysed at various levels. Strategic thinking is a critical factor in achieving excellence in foreign policy goals,” Al Mahmoud added. On the first day of the training course, participants were led through different approaches to policy planning. The participants were then divided into different groups for brainstorming exercises on strategic thinking ideas. The second and third day of the training focused on the use of Scenario Planning as a major tool for Strategic Thinking. Team exercises were conducted for the participants and were asked to brainstorm about the trends and developments on the scenario, ‘UAE Diplomacy in the World of 2020’. As an integrated centre for diplomatic training, EDA 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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Abdullah bin Zayed: EDA will play significant role in shaping UAE’s future international cooperation and diplomacy
21 February 2016, Sunday
His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, said the role of the academy in shaping the UAE's diplomatic future has become even more important, in line with the UAE leadership’s vision to strengthen the nation’s role in promoting international cooperation..HH Sheikh Abdullah said the responsibility of the Academy has also increased with the new direction and tasks of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. It now has to implement innovative initiatives that would contribute to activating the UAE’s international cooperation and establishing positive relations at both regional and international levels. This will support the nation’s move to a new phase of the future diplomacy to achieve significant successes in the international arena. HH Sheikh Abdullah said the academic curriculum of EDA must include significant new knowledge and skills that will enable the nation’s future diplomats to gain capabilities and expertise in international cooperation, and contribute to shaping of the UAE’s future diplomacy. HH Sheikh Abdullah was addressing the third meeting of the Board of Trustees, which was attended by HE Dr. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; HE Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State; HE. Omar Saif Ghobash, Ambassador of the UAE to the Russian Federation; HE. Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations; and HE. Mohamed Issa Abushahab, Director of Policy Planning Department at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. HH Sheikh Abdullah explained that the academy today has a clear strategy to achieve its vision and consolidate its position as one of the most important educational, research and academic centres specialised in diplomacy in the region and the world. The academy will attract the best talent and expertise, and build global partnerships to share knowledge, and leverage them to achieve success in UAE’s diplomatic initiatives. On the occasion, Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, highlighted the strategy for the academy in the upcoming phase, underlining its commitment to achieving excellence in the field of training, research and academic study. “EDA will provide diplomats with the best skills and offer world-class academic programmes, and strengthen its position as a leading centre for diplomatic studies globally,” he said. The meeting reviewed the academic work in 2016 and discussed the proposals for developing academic programmes that will enrich the educational experience of the students. The participants also discussed the various training programmes implemented by the Academy. The meeting highlighted the research outputs of the Academy, and ways to support the projects submitted by students. It discussed the strategic directions for the next phase, with emphasis on the key initiatives and events to be implemented this year.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy  launches New Ambassador Programme to boost international relations skills
06 February 2016, Saturday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy, the leading integrated foreign policy, academic and research centre in the region, has launched a new ambassador programme in close coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to boost the skills of professionals in the diplomatic field. The programme, which will be conducted in three phases, will cover a range of skills, including political analysis, diplomatic correspondence, strategic thinking and scenario planning. New ambassadors have already taken part in the first phase of the programme. A further two sessions will take place throughout February. The New Ambassador Programme has been designed as an experiential learning programme to equip and empower senior diplomats to be well trained and prepared for their duties out of the country. During this programme, the ambassadors will explore different topics in global affairs, diplomacy and build their cross cultural communication skills. Executive Education at EDA has lined up a group of renowned leaders to inspire the diplomats on ways to make a difference in their communities. The programme will also feature dining and social etiquette sessions keeping in mind both formal and informal settings. To enhance this experience, the diplomats will meet with the ambassadors based on the country that they are assigned on due to receive intensive cultural awareness. “Emirati diplomatic missions abroad play a significant role in communicating the unique characteristics of the UAE to the international community. It is therefore imperative that the country’s ambassadors are equipped with the latest skills and expertise to deal with the ever changing political situations in the region and the world,” said Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of Executive Education and spokesperson at EDA. She added: “As a true centre of excellence for diplomatic capacity development, research and thought leadership in the UAE, EDA’s programmes and initiatives are aligned to the live requirements in the regional and international scene. The new ambassador programme reflects the commitment of the Academy to provide the students with a comprehensive view of the challenges in the diplomatic arena and the most effective solutions to overcome them.” During the first phase of the programme, Bernardino León, Director General of Emirates Diplomatic Academy, shared with the new ambassadors his experiences in the field of international diplomacy and shed light on diplomatic duties. The participants were also offered insights on managing crisis situations as well as how they can deal with the media and prepare diplomatic reports. In the next phase of the programme, the Academy has partnered with the Netherlands-based Clingendael Institute and The Protocol School of Washington. As an integrated academic centre, EDA combines academic programmes and training, research and analysis to highlight the UAE’s leading role in international relations. The Academy also conducts in-depth studies on the region and the UAE to build a knowledge base in the field of international relations and diplomacy, and support the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and decision-makers in the UAE.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy organises public lecture by Dr.Jeffrey D.Sachs on sustainable goals
28 January 2016, Thursday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy, the leading integrated foreign policy, academic and research centre in the region, hosted a public lecture by Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs, renowned economist and senior United Nations advisor, on the topic ‘Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Goals’ at the Academy on January 28, 2016. On the occasion, Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “We welcome Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs to the Emirates Diplomatic Academy and thank him for supporting the Academy’s efforts to strengthen the UAE’s policy direction in sustainable development dialogue. The public lecture by Professor Sachs on ‘Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Goals’ highlights EDA’s key position as a centre of policy research and thought leadership on contemporary regional and global issues for policy and decisions makers.” “The UAE has been at the forefront of efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change by emphasising the country’s involvement in the dialogue on global climate change. EDA is keen to strengthen the UAE’s capabilities in achieving the UAE leadership’s vision by providing current and aspiring diplomats with the knowledge, skills and network to serve their country on a global stage.” Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs said: “Finding solutions to meet the challenges posed by sustainable development must align economic development with environment realities. We need more concerted action at every level to create practical solutions in addressing the major environmental and social problems, which have serious consequences on international relations.” He added: “The UAE has become a model nation in this area and the wise leadership of the country has encouraged the process of dialogue as the most practical approach to achieving success in global negotiations on climate change. EDA must be commended for supporting sustainable goals and identifying the issue of sustainable development as a critical aspect of better international relations and a high priority area of diplomacy.” A leader in sustainable development, Dr. Jeffrey Sachs is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals. Dr. Sachs is also known as a bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders.  
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Publishes Insight on the Paris Climate Change Agreement
11 January 2016, Monday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy has published an EDA Insight*, or policy brief, titled ‘The Paris Agreement on Climate Change – Implications for the UAE’. In December 2015, in Paris, 195 countries agreed to the first ever universal, legally-binding intergovernmental agreement on climate change. The 12-page Paris Agreement, together with 19 pages of related decision text, took four years to negotiate. The Agreement can be described as a comprehensive framework for catalysing climate action worldwide. Despite being broadly described as a victory for multilateralism and the best possible outcome, the Paris Agreement in itself will not prevent catastrophic climate change. Only its successful implementation by state and non-state actors globally will. In this sense, the next five to ten years will be crucial. This EDA Insight unpacks the Paris Agreement, discussing its role in the global response to climate change, and presenting some of its key elements. It also includes an initial consideration of the direct and indirect implications of the Paris Agreement for the UAE. *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 in the UAE and worldwide will find informative and relevant. Download in English:  Download in Arabic: 
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy begins second semester of Post-Graduate Diploma Programme
10 January 2016, Sunday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) has welcomed back 58 students studying its Post-Graduate Diploma Programme in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations, marking the start of the second semester. The nine-month Post-Graduate Diploma Programme, which plays a crucial role in developing the UAE’s future diplomatic corps and foreign policy thought leadership, combines advanced academic course with hands-on practical experience. Commenting on the start of the second semester, Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “Since the start of the academic year, the EDA students have shown exemplary commitment to strengthen their abilities in diplomacy and international relations. The EDA Post-Graduate Diploma Programme will play a critical role in preparing the UAE’s future diplomats, equipping them with the knowledge and experience to enable them to contribute effectively to diplomacy.” As the region’s leading integrated centre for academic studies, executive education and research in diplomacy, EDA is focused on preparing national capabilities and talents to meet the nation’s aspirations in the diplomatic field, added León. As an integrated academic centre, EDA combines academic programmes and training, research and analysis to highlight the UAE’s leading role in international relations. The Academy also conducts in-depth studies on the region and the UAE to build a knowledge base in the field of international relations and diplomacy, and support the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and decision-makers in the UAE.
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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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