Delegations from Emirates Diplomatic Academy to Visit High-profile Institutions in Belgium, Netherlands, and China
29 March 2017, Wednesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, is sending two delegations abroad as part of an educational and cultural exchange. The project aligns with the Academy’s strategy of strengthening ties with partner organisations in Europe and Asia. During the two week-long trips, over 65 students and faculty will visit a selection of high-profile international, government and educational institutions. In addition, they will stop over at several world-renowned cultural sites and offer their foreign counterparts insights into the UAE’s rich cultural heritage. The EDA delegation to Europe will start in Belgium, where the Academy delegates will attend sessions at the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), as well as meet Gilles de Kerchove, a Belgian senior European Union (EU) official at the EU headquarters, and Margaritis Schinas, the current Chief Spokesperson of the European Commission. The delegates will then proceed to the Netherlands to visit the Dutch Parliament and Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as prestigious international institutions, such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. As part of EDA’s drive to build relationships with leading European educational institutions, the students and faculty will visit the College of Europe in Bruges and the Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael. In parallel, the EDA delegation to China will travel to Beijing and Shanghai, where the future diplomats will attend meetings at key national government agencies including China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National People’s Congress. The students and faculty will also visit Peking University, China Foreign Affairs University, Zayed Center for Arabic Language and Islamic Studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU), and the Middle East Studies Institute at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU). Finally, they will engage in briefings on the Chinese international security framework, and One Road One Belt Initiative (OROB). Bernardino León, President of EDA emphasised the crucial role the delegation programme serves for the academy: “The annual international delegation is an integral component of our academic programme. Travelling abroad and gaining first-hand experience is an important part of the learning process, and it provides future diplomats an opportunity to put their training into practice, while improving understanding of the UAE abroad. The trips represent tremendous opportunities for EDA students to expand their horizons and to build relationships that will benefit not only the Academy but the UAE as a whole.” In 2016, EDA previously sent a delegation to the U.S. on its inaugural international delegation programme.
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UAE Diplomats’ Spouses Graduate from Emirates Diplomatic Academy Executive Training Program
28 March 2017, Tuesday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, has announced the completion of a program that provided participants with essential skills and knowledge on topics of protocol, etiquette, and professional appearance, in addition to teachings on the history and culture of the UAE. A current diplomat’s spouse also shared her own experiences at the program, which was developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The week-long course leveraged EDA’s first-class executive training capabilities to provide diplomats’ families with the tools they will need to meet challenges of diplomatic protocols for a range of responsibilities as spouses, such as the hosting of social events and the sending of correspondences. Diplomats’ spouses must be aware of diplomatic norms, codes of behavior, and social relations, and they must know how to convey a good image of the UAE while holding a strong understanding of the cultures of their host countries. EDA’s Diplomat Spouses Program ensures that all participants are ready to meet these demands. EDA President Bernardino Leon congratulated the participants, “We are proud of our graduates from the Diplomat Spouses Program. EDA’s executive training courses, such as this, continue to enable the UAE to see improvements in diplomatic capabilities, and support foreign policy objectives in both the short and long term.” Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of Executive Education and Student Affairs further announced, “We are excited to offer this program for the families of diplomats. EDA understands it is important that not only diplomats, but also their spouses, are fully prepared to take on the great responsibility of representing the UAE around the world.” “It was a pleasure to join for this tremendous learning opportunity. The EDA Diplomat Spouses Program provided us with invaluable skills for local and international etiquette and hospitality. It also covered the ceremonial rules for official functions and explained how to behave on these special occasions. I feel prepared to take on a diplomatic role, and I have a firm understanding of multicultural manners.”, said a graduate of this year’s course. EDA’s Diplomat Spouses Program provides diplomatic families with the capabilities to effectively represent the UAE on a world stage. The one-week executive education program is offered to the spouses of all UAE diplomats.
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Emirates Diplomatic Academy Graduates a Group of new Senior Diplomats from Executive Training Programme
23 March 2017, Thursday
Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, held a graduation ceremony for a group of new senior Diplomats. Developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, EDA’s New Ambassador Programme provides senior diplomats with the tools and knowledge to effectively represent the UAE on a world stage. The three-month executive education programme develops a range of skills and competencies – including political analysis, diplomatic correspondence, strategic thinking and scenario planning – while exploring various topics related to global affairs, communications with media, and cross-cultural communication skills. Speaking at the graduation ceremony, held at the Academy’s Sheikh Zayed Hall, Bernardino León, President of EDA, said: “We are proud of our new graduates, who are now equipped with the capabilities that will enable them to better serve the UAE’s foreign policy goals. Executive education holds a prominent place in EDA’s mission of supporting the country’s global diplomatic ambitions.” For her part, Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of the Executive Training and Student Affairs Department, added: “Today’s graduation is just the beginning. These new senior diplomats will take the knowledge and skills they have gained, and share them with others through their work in diplomatic missions abroad. Meanwhile, EDA will continue to enhance its programmes to ensure that our world-class professionals receive the international-calibre education they deserve.” EDA has brought world-renowned experts and practitioners in the field of diplomacy to the UAE to inspire budding diplomats to become worthy representatives of their country. The New Ambassador Programme is a prime example of how the Academy meets its mandate of preparing students to strengthen the UAE’s international relations and deliver its foreign policy messages across the globe.
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Image Nation CEO Urges EDA Students to Build Careers in Public Diplomacy
16 March 2017, Thursday
At a special event hosted by Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation Abu Dhabi, urged Emirati youth to pursue careers in the dynamic field of public diplomacy. Referring to public diplomacy as a "highly influential field that is pivotal to the UAE's international affairs in the 21st century", Garin threw light on the exciting career path that efficiently engages with global audiences in a way that informs and influences. Mr Garin explained, “When we bring Hollywood professionals to the UAE, they are overwhelmed and impressed by the talent of the young people here. People in the UAE are very knowledgable of the film industry. We don’t lack for talent, we lack for mentors and experience. I’ve never seen a place with a such a concentration of talent, and now is the time to realise that potential.” Speaking at the two-hour interactive session held at the auditorium of the Academy that drew engaging questions from students, Garin set the stage by elaborating on the growing role of public diplomacy, and linked it to the UAE's international communications agenda. He also underlined the media’s special role as a disseminator of a country's key messages to audiences worldwide. Illustrating how the UAE is adopting global best practices in the sphere of international communications, Garin spoke about Image Nation’s work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and showcased content – documentaries and other productions created by the company – that promotes the UAE's international outreach communications programme. He also discussed Imagine Nation's role and collaboration with His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of EDA, on securing internships for Emiratis within the Academy. Garin, who drew upon his 40 years of experience in the industry, and his current role managing and forging key international partnerships for a leading UAE film entertainment company, concluded by explaining to the students the preparatory steps they would need to take to successfully launch themselves in the sphere of public diplomacy. As CEO of Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Garin heads one of the leading media and entertainment companies in the Arabic speaking world. Image Nation produces local and international films, documentaries and television content, and is a pan-Arabic broadcaster following the 2015 launch of Quest Arabiya. Garin previously served as a member of the Executive Committee of Abu Dhabi Media Company for four years before he was appointed CEO of Image Nation in February 2011. Previously, he worked for over a decade at TIME, Fortune and Time-Life Television. He is also the co-founder of Lorimar-Telepictures, a leading independent television company in the US, and served as the CEO of Central European Media Enterprises. In an earlier role, he was also the Global Head to Media & Telecommunications Investment banking for ING.
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Be Bold for Change: Noura Al Kaabi Calls for Women’s Empowerment in MENA Region at Emirates Diplomatic Academy
16 March 2017, Thursday
Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, Chairwoman at Media Zone Authority-Abu Dhabi, twofour54, and Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, shared a compelling narrative of her personal and career growth experiences as a leading Emirati woman changemaker in her address to the students and faculty of Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution. The talk was hosted as part of the Academy’s celebration of the Untied Nations’ International Women’s Day. Entitled ‘Be Bold for Change’, the insightful and inspiring address called for leading women to help shape a stronger gender inclusive world. Drawing on her distinguished record as one of the most prominent young Emirati leaders in the UAE, Her Excellency Al Kaabi highlighted examples from her own journey to encourage her audience to maximise their potential and use their talent to effect a tangible difference in global women’s empowerment. In her address, Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi said: “Our leadership has long supported women’s empowerment as envisioned by the UAE’s founding father late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. These values continue to be championed by His Highness Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates. As was exemplified by the mother of the nation, Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, everyone should take this mindset to encourage even more women to fully participate in our society, going forward. Including women’s perspectives and skills as part of the solution to the challenges we face will further ensure the sustained success of our national development.” Her Excellency Al Kaabi’s achievements have been internationally recognised. The first UAE national to be ranked in the Foreign Policy magazine’s ‘Top 100 Global Thinkers List’, she has also been honoured by Forbes Magazine as one of the Middle East’s ‘30 Most Influential Women in Government’. Bernardino Leon, President of Emirates Diplomatic Academy, said: “EDA was honoured to host Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi to our Academy as the latest eminent speaker to address our faculty and students. Her personal and professional journey sets her out as an exemplary role model and an inspiration.” Commenting on the lecture, Omar Al Bitar, Vice President of Emirates Diplomatic Academy, remarked: “We are very grateful for the valuable lessons that Her Excellency Al Kaabi shared from her own impressive career. In terms of women’s empowerment, it's not just a matter of equality in numbers but in terms of capabilities. As Her Excellency Al Kaabi highlighted today, the UAE is the leader in achieving that goal. ” A global event organised by the United Nations to celebrate the political, economic, social and cultural achievements of women, International Women’s Day is marked on 8 March annually. EDA joined in the global celebration of women’s empowerment with Her Excellency Al Kaabi’s address featuring as a key part of the Academy’s support. Reflecting on its mandate to train the UAE’s future diplomats and offer thought leadership on international affairs, Emirates Diplomatic Academy is gaining international reputation as a forum for discussion of pertinent regional and global topics.    
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EDA Holds Lecture on Colombian Referendum, Peace Process
16 March 2017, Thursday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, hosted an interactive event on the ‘Colombian Peace Process and National Referendum’ for high-level participants. The Academy organised the lecture in collaboration with Abu Dhabi’s Hedayah, the International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, and the Colombian embassy. Speakers included His Excellency Faihan Al Fayez Chalhub, Ambassador of Colombia to the UAE, and His Excellency Maqsoud Kruse, Executive Director of Hedayah. His Excellency Bernardino León, President of EDA, delivered the closing remarks.The lecture, followed by an engaging discussion, provided valuable insight into the Colombian peace process and the implications of the national referendum, which has initially rejected the peace agreement, on the future of the country. Ratified on 29-30 November 2016 following a four-year negotiation process, the ground-breaking Colombian peace agreement marked the end of conflict between the country’s government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). His Excellency Maqsoud Kruse said: “As part of the ongoing collaboration between the government of Colombia and Hedayah, we are delighted to co-host this event that highlights the importance of ending conflicts through constructive diplomacy, negotiation and reconciliation.” For his part, His Excellency Faihan Al Fayez Chalhub said: “The peace agreement is a historic event not only because it marks the end of a 52-year conflict, but because we have concluded successful peace negotiations. The implementation of the agreement will bring about social and economic development opportunities that have the potential to transform the country.” His Excellency added: “The peace has already brought tangible results: 7,000 FARC members have concluded surrendering their weapons in designated zones under the tripartite mechanism monitoring and under the coordination of the United Nations. By June 2017, we are expecting total disarmament, and we are working towards reintegrating former rebel fighters into civilian life in the near future.” “The balance between justice and peace is not easy, but in Colombia, those responsible for war crimes and violations of international humanitarian law will find justice under the law.” The event was part of EDA’s ongoing series of lectures providing a platform for prominent voices to share thought-provoking perspectives with the people of Abu Dhabi.
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EDA Working Paper Highlights Food As Foreign Policy Area
16 March 2017, Thursday
Food and foreign policy have important interlinkages for highly import-dependent countries. Foreign policy and diplomacy can serve as central tools for supporting national food security in these countries, in particular in the long term. Multilateral governance frameworks, regional cooperation and bilateral relations between countries all offer opportunities for this. Conversely, the international ‘dimensions’ of food – trade, investments and aid – should be understood as part of broader foreign relations of a country. They can also be employed to support a country’s foreign policy and national development goals. With its focus on the international dimensions of food, this EDA Working Paper by Dr Mari Luomi, titled Food and Foreign Policy: Options for the UAE and Other Import-Dependent Countries, seeks to move away from a security discourse-dominated approach and broaden the discussion around food in import-dependent countries. It examines different ways in which food and foreign policy interact, and highlights important issue linkages and lessons learned from past and present experience, with a particular emphasis on the United Arab Emirates. An executive summary of this EDA Working Paper is available in English and 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 both in the UAE and worldwide will find informative and relevant. Download EDA Working Paper (English): Download Infographic (English): Download Executive Summary in English: Download Executive Summary in Arabic: Dr Luomi’s comment in Gulf News on food and foreign policy, published on 2 March 2017, is available here
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UAE Army Officers Complete First Diplomatic Skills  Programme at Emirates Diplomatic Academy
07 March 2017, Tuesday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) celebrated the completion of its inaugural training programme designed to impart critical skills and insights to the defense officers of the UAE’s Armed Forces, who serve the UAE’s foreign policy objectives in their missions abroad. The ceremony that took place in the Academy’s Sheikh Zayed Hall, drew the participation of representatives of the UAE Armed Forces and EDA faculty. Handing out the certificates to the participants, Omar Al Bitar, Vice President, EDA, who has to his credit an extensive and distinguished military career, said: Our mission at the Academy is to build the capabilities that support the objectives of the UAE’s foreign policy by delivering high impact training and disseminating research and thought leadership that furthers the understanding of diplomacy and international relations. During the past few years the Academy has worked on expanding its efforts to go beyond the primary objective of creating a successful generation of diplomats, but also to provide employees of government entities with the necessary knowledge and skills to become the best representatives of their country abroad. " He also added: “We are extremely honoured to be working with the UAE Armed Forces and assisting their mission to defend the nation and contribute to international security. Our military fulfills a vital role in securing solid national foundations for economic growth and the continued prosperity that so many of us enjoy. And today, we celebrate with pride the graduation of our brave soldiers and their completion of the program’s requirements, wishing them further progress and success and prosperity. " The customised three-week programme and the ceremony were organised by the Academy’s Executive Training and Student Affairs Department, which actively encourages experienced foreign affairs professionals to join its specialised short courses. Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of the Executive Training and Student Affairs Department, said: “The Emirates Diplomatic Academy seeks to effectively combine academic training with practical aspects of international relations and diplomacy. EDA has launched this specialised training course to assist military attachés to make informed strategic decisions based on global best practices once they return to their missions abroad.” Speaking on the programme's positive outcomes, a participant said: “I am grateful to the Academy for this fine opportunity that has furthered my career development. This programme provided me with practical training that built on my knowledge of diplomacy and global affairs. The insights gained from this course will stand us in good stead when we return to our duties representing the UAE around the world.”
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EDA Shares Experience with Immersive Training in Climate Negotiations
02 March 2017, Thursday
In line with its mission to prepare ‘21st century diplomats’, the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) is exploring new ways to build national capacity to engage with highly complex multilateral negotiating frameworks, like the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In 2016, the EDA, together with its local stakeholders and partners, organised a voluntary course on UN climate change negotiations for six of its postgraduate diploma students. The course experimented with a mix of preparatory and immersive training, and included participation in the 2016 UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh. This publication shares this experience, in an effort to encourage further discussion on innovative ways to train 21st century diplomats. The different sections of this booklet cover: the rationale for building issue-specific diplomatic capacity; the concept of the course organised by the EDA; the course participants’ experience during the negotiations; and the course outcomes, lessons and future recommendations. Download in English:
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EDA Reflection sets out diplomats’ key competences
19 February 2017, Sunday
The EDA is launching a new publication series titled EDA Reflection, which will feature short comments by leading diplomats and innovative thinkers, reflecting on the changing world of diplomacy and global affairs, and how relevant trends and developments relate to the UAE. The first EDA Reflection, titled What Makes a Good Diplomat, speaks to the EDA’s objective of producing a generation of exceptional diplomats, able to take on the challenges facing not just the UAE but the international community. The Reflection explores some historical perspectives on what makes for effective diplomats, and explains that future diplomats should be Capable, Influential and Ethical: Capable • Skillful: they master traditional diplomatic skills (including languages, written and oral communications, negotiating, networking, crisis management, consular) and specific 21st century skills (including digital technology, using big data, brand management and public relations, campaigning, using social media). • Astute: they show good judgment, display abundant tact and earn the trust of their seniors. • Knowledgeable: they possess a robust understanding of international affairs as well as of their own country, and have an insatiable curiosity to learn more. Influential • Leaders: they can set out a vision, build and mobilise networks, relationships and coalitions to achieve specific goals, and organize and motivate staff and stakeholders to achieve them . • Communicators: they are empathetic listeners, who build trust by being honest and authentic, and can write and speak persuasively using multiple media. • Innovators: they are creative and outcome-focused, think critically and outside the box, and adapt flexibly to changing circumstances. Ethical • Courageous: they are resilient under pressure and willing to convey inconvenient truths. • Disciplined: they are punctual, reliable, hardworking and well presented. • Committed: they demonstrate great integrity, are dedicated to promoting their country’s interests and passionate about international cooperation. 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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Globalisation unstoppable despite rise of protectionism, increased need for diplomats, says former Prime Minister at EDA
15 February 2017, Wednesday
His Excellency José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Former Prime Minister of Spain and a prominent advocate of human rights and inter-civilisational dialogue, gave a lecture to students at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA). Addressing students in the Academy’s Sheikh Zayed Hall, Mr Zapatero’s address dealt with the topic of ‘The Force of Public Diplomacy’. Commenting on the theme of his lecture, Mr Zapatero said: “The inevitable advance of globaliation, facilitated by technological progress and ease of movement, means that we live in an increasingly interconnected world. One important result of this is a growing need for professional and adaptable diplomats. In order to understand other countries, we need to acquire a deep knowledge of their geography and history so that we gain the cultural awareness that can enhance dialogue. “The crucial importance of informed advice requires diplomats committed to the goals of promoting peace, respecting diversity, defending human rights and supporting progress. Most important of all is the need to avoid prejudice, which is a primary cause of conflict and misunderstandings”, added Mr Zapatero. Following the lecture, His Excellency engaged the interested audience in an interactive session where students were able to discuss pressing issues in international relations and diplomacy with the former Prime Minister. During this session the politician highlighted the importance of diplomacy in decision-making and consensus building on a national level. Bernardino León, the President of the EDA, said: “We have been honoured to host His Excellency today, and I would like to thank Mr Zapatero’s for his fascinating and insightful speech. I know from personal experience His Excellency’s abilities when I had the privilege of working with him.” The lecture is the latest in a series of presentations in which distinguished speakers are hosted by the Emirates Diplomatic Academy. Reflecting its mandate to train the UAE’s future diplomatic cadre and offer thought leadership on international affairs, the Academy is gaining a growing reputation as a platform for discussion on pertinent regional and global topics. “Mr Zapatero’s speech was the latest distinguished contribution to our ongoing series of lectures by senior international leaders and diplomats from around the world. The Academy is establishing a growing reputation as a forum of choice for high-level debate and for preparing the next generation of UAE diplomats to protect and promote their country’s interests”, added Mr Leon. Mr Zapatero is the former Prime Minister of Spain, serving two consecutive terms in 2004 and 2008. In this capacity, Mr Zapatero emphasised that Europe’s future was linked to the global crisis. He strengthened Spain’s presence in Europe and Latin America while also building links with emerging powers like China and areas historically linked to Spain such as the countries in northern Africa. The Emirates Diplomatic Academy provides a comprehensive educational experience designed to prepare future diplomats of the UAE through state-of-the-art teaching methods including lectures and interactive discussions with leading diplomats and decision makers.
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EDA Insight Analyses US Energy and Climate Policy under President Trump
13 February 2017, Monday
The Emirates Diplomatic Academy has published an EDA Insight policy brief titled United States’ Energy and Climate Policy under President Trump: Ramifications for Energy Markets and the GCC, co-authored by Dr Jim Krane and Elsie Hung of the Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. US energy policy is evolving under Trump, and the changes will affect trade, foreign policy and relations with key global energy suppliers, including the GCC member countries. Shifting US policies are also likely to influence global climate action and geopolitics. Based on Trump’s pro-fossil fuel statements and cabinet appointments, and the administration’s noncommittal stance toward climate change, American individuals and firms may feel reduced government pressure to curtail carbon emissions and fossil fuel consumption. US fossil fuel producers may operate under fewer regulatory constraints. This EDA Insight explores how US energy and climate policies could change under the Trump administration, and what implications these could have (i) in the US itself, (ii) for energy markets globally and (iii) for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. 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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Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan credits Emirates Diplomatic Academy’s role in strengthening UAE’s status in diplomacy, international relations
12 February 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), has commended the Academy on its significant role in enhancing the UAE’s achievements in supporting diplomacy and international relations. He also stressed the importance of developing cooperation with leading academic institutions worldwide. His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said: “In light of the changes taking place in the political landscapes around the world, the UAE more than ever before, seeks to build its national diplomatic capacities that can contribute to shaping the UAE’s future in a positive and constructive manner and to represent the UAE’s leadership vision that seeks to promote international peace and security, to the outside world”. His Highness also stressed that, “We perceive the Emirates Diplomatic Academy as a maturing international institution and today the Academy is pursuing a clear strategic path to further strengthening our position and our standing in the world as a collaborative global player”. His Highness added: “That the level of diplomatic knowledge and skills of the Academy’s students and alumni confirms that the Academy is capable of preparing competent diplomats who can face global challenges in the future, and are capable of finding strategic solutions for issues of concern to the Emirates. Praising the Academy’s drive to empower young Emiratis and providing them with the expertise and resources that enhance their understanding of international relations in the context of the UAE’s diplomatic objectives empowering the UAE’s position on a regional and international level. He further highlighted that the Academy works relentlessly to attract the new generation of UAE nationals to the diplomatic field so they can identify strategic solutions to international issues and future challenges through collaborating with global players towards the fulfilment of its overall goals – ensuring peace and security, and achieving sustainable development worldwide. Heading the sixth EDA Board of Trustees meeting today, His Highness discussed the future visions of the Academy and its initiatives planned for the Year of Giving. Also on the agenda were the latest developments in 2017 academic activities, as well as other academic- and administrative affairs. He also reviewed the Post-Graduate Diploma and the Master’s programme, the latter of which will be launched by the Academy this year. Sheikh Abdullah also reinforced the importance of the Year of Giving as an ideal opportunity to start the New Year in an altruistic spirit. In this context, His Highness said the EDA is committed to nurturing a culture of giving among the Academy’s community and empowering them to make positive changes while representing the UAE across the globe. During his visit, His Highness viewed design proposals for the Academy’s new building, inspired by the UAE’s open, collaborative and outward looking culture. Designs were submitted as part of a competition that has drawn the participation of national and international architectural firms. Speaking on the Academy’s action plan, Bernardino León, President of EDA, said: “We aim to provide our students with the highest-quality education, training and research programmes that help them understand the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century, and equip them to assume key roles in the UAE’s diplomatic sector and to become qualified diplomats on an international scale.” He added: “We started 2017 with specialised programmes and training sessions, specifically designed to meet the requirements of the modern age. These include training in digital diplomacy, diplomatic protocol, bilateral and multilateral negotiations, country analysis, consular diplomacy, etiquette, and other programmes that enrich academic life and enhance knowledge.” Members of EDA’s Board of Trustees also reviewed the Academy’s annual report and notable accomplishments for 2016, as well as the recommendations of the fifth meeting and practical steps taken to implement them on the ground. The meeting witnessed the attendance of His Excellency Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State, His Excellency Ali Mohammad Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council, His Excellency Omar Saif Ghobash, UAE Ambassador to Russia, Her Excellency Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations, and His Excellency Mohamed Issa Abushahab AlSuwaidi, UAE Ambassador to Brussels. The Emirates Diplomatic Academy provides a comprehensive educational experience that helps in well preparing future diplomats of the UAE through advanced teaching methods including lectures and interactive discussions with leading diplomats and decision makers. The Academy also develops international case studies on topics related to general and specialised diplomacy of the 21st century, sustainable development, climate change, nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, renewable energy, and peace and security on both regional and international levels.
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58 students of Emirates Diplomatic Academy receive special skills training
02 February 2017, Thursday
In line with the directive of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to equip the nation’s future diplomats with the knowledge and multi-disciplinary skills to support the objectives of the UAE’s foreign policy, Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) has added special skills training to its curriculum. Throughout the month of January, all 58 students at EDA, the nation’s international relations and diplomacy, education, executive training and research institution, have attended several tailored classes on Etiquette and Protocol, Bilateral and Multilateral Negotiations, Country Analysis, and Consular Diplomacy. The move serves as further evidence of the Academy’s commitment to fostering a cadre of well-rounded diplomats. Bernardino León, President of EDA, said: “As diplomats are often the first touchpoint in shaping relations with other countries and their decision-makers, their conduct and abilities must reflect the values of the UAE. In the near future, EDA graduates will be the driving force behind national and international strategic initiatives.” “Given this mandate, we see it as our responsibility to equip our students not only with traditional academic knowledge but also with multi-disciplinary skills, such as communication, negotiation, analysis, and etiquette. All of these are paramount to succeeding as diplomats in the 21st century.” For her part, Mariam Al Mahmoud, Director of Executive Education at EDA, said: “Aligned with the UAE’s vision, the Academy offers innovative solutions for modern-day diplomats in the form of its constantly-updated portfolio of educational and executive training programmes. For instance, this month's short skills course catered to current and future foreign policy professionals, and leveraged the latest teaching methods and a world-class curriculum.” Maitha Al Tamimi, student of EDA, said: “During the past month of my Post-Graduate Diploma programme, the learning experience has been extraordinary. My skills have developed significantly. It boosted my confidence, strengthened my negotiation skills and broadened my knowledge in consular diplomacy and country analysis. Today, I discovered my real skills lie in negotiations, and I look forward to attend future events that promote peace and security where I can utilise these skills.” Apart from educating future diplomats, EDA also offers a wide range of executive training programmes for established foreign policy professionals that cover topics ranging from economic diplomacy and political analysis to international law and consensus-building.
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