Aug 28

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation signs MoU with Emirates Diplomatic Academy to Launch New Master of Arts in Humanitarian Action and Development

Aug 28, 2018

28 August 2018 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) to launch a new academic programme, the Master of Arts (MA) in Humanitarian Action and Development in alignment with the "Year of Zayed 2018".

The programme aims to develop the capacities of national cadres in the field of humanitarian action. Furthermore, it seeks to promote humanitarian work and humane values among the Academy’s students.

His Excellency Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for International Development Affairs at MoFAIC, and His Excellency Bernardino León, Director General of EDA, signed the cooperation agreement at the headquarters of MoFAIC in Abu Dhabi.

His Excellency Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi said: "The launch of this MA degree in Humanitarian Action and Development in collaboration with EDA - the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomatic institution - is of great strategic importance. It will strengthen the UAE’s capacity in the field of humanitarian and development work through preparing national cadres and enabling them to achieve effective management.  This will bring about the greatest impact on future UAE foreign assistance to meet the needs of people in need around the world, and is in line with our foreign aid policy and strategy.”

In line with the UAE’s commitment to humanitarian and development work and the need to keep abreast of the new directions in 21st-century diplomacy, EDA will work closely with MoFAIC to leverage the programme to its full potential. The Academy will offer MA students the opportunity to develop and refine their practical skills in the humanitarian field through a range of educational courses and workshops.

The one-year MA programme will provide the next generation of Emiratis already working or seeking a career in the field of humanitarian work with the necessary knowledge and skills to identify effective solutions to the challenges of regional and global humanitarian action with the goal of reinforcing the UAE's status as one of the world's most generous countries.

For his part, His Excellency Bernardino León added: “The UAE was the world’s largest donor of official development aid relative to its gross national income (GNI) in 2017, in comparison to the UN’s global target of 0.7 per cent. The UAE has adopted a unique hands-on approach to humanitarian assistance and development aid, that was instilled in the nation and built on the legacy of the late founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. This degree will educate future government representatives on the importance of humanitarian work, so they can uphold this humanitarian approach.”

EDA is a distinguished educational institution that serves as the driving force in the UAE’s efforts to qualify Emirati talent for diplomatic careers and positions of leadership in support of the nation’s foreign policy objectives. The Academy brings international expertise and experience to the UAE to prepare its graduates to represent their country abroad at the highest levels.