28 August2019 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) today welcomed 80 students at the 2019orientation, representing thelargest cohort since its inception. Over the course of the orientation week, EDA received its fifth cohort of students for the Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations programme, and itsthird cohort forthe Master of Arts (MA) in Diplomacy and International Relations programme.
In preparation for the new academic year 2019-2020, the orientation offered students an introduction into 21st century diplomacy and addressed the most pressing challenges of the contemporary geopolitical climate. The event also included an overview of the Academy and its departments, as well as introductions of the faculty members.
His ExcellencyBernardino León, Director General of EDA, said: “These new students follow in the footsteps of many great UAE diplomats and will continue the country’s strong tradition of soft power that has seen the UAE achieve a truly significant influence on the global stage.”
“As diplomats are often the first touchpoint in shaping relations with other countries and their decision-makers, is it imperative that their conduct and abilities reflect the nation’s values. Upon graduating from this institution, I am confident these young leaders will become the driving force behind national and international strategic initiatives and negotiations.”
The PGD in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations is an academic programme that provides aspiring diplomats with the tools and insights needed to tackle today’s geopolitical challenges as the country’s top representatives across multiple sectors. Meanwhile, the Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations is an additional programme for students who have completed the PGD, enabling them to solidify and build on their knowledge of global and regional issues, particularly those relevant to the UAE and the wider Middle East.
Established by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in 2014, EDA has become the driving force in the nation’s efforts to qualify talented men and women for international careers and positions of leadership in support of the nation’s foreign policy objectives. The Academy will not only educate and prepare UAE nationals to serve and represent the country, but will also provide them with the guidance and insights necessary to enable them to explore regional and global issues that affect the UAE and, ultimately, consolidate and enhance the nation’s international standing.