DiploFoundation is a non-profit institution established by the governments of Malta and Switzerland in 2002. Diplo works to increase the role of small and developing states, and to improve global governance and international policy development.
Diplo offers postgraduate-level academic courses and training workshops on a variety of diplomacy-related topics for diplomats, civil servants, the staff of international organizations and NGOs, and students of international relations. Combining a highly-developed learning methodology with a unique online learning platform, Diplo courses are flexible, personal, interactive, and community-building. Courses are delivered online, face-to-face, and in a blended format.
Accredited study opportunities
Diplo works in cooperation with the University of Malta to offer accredited online courses in diplomacy and global policy topics. The blended learning Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy, offered through the University’s Department of International Relations, includes a 10-day residential workshop in Malta, followed by 16 to 20 months of online study. In 2013, the partner institutions introduced Internet Governance as an area of specialization within the Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy.
Short online courses
In addition to accredited degree programs, Diplo offers a wide range of online courses, most of which can be taken individually as Diplo certificate courses, or as the University of Malta accredited courses towards the Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy. Course topics include:
- Diplomatic Theory and Practice
- Bilateral Diplomacy
- Public Diplomacy
- Multilateral Diplomacy
- Economic Diplomacy
- Language and Diplomacy
- Development Diplomacy
- Diplomacy of Small States
- Humanitarian Diplomacy
- Negotiations Skills
- Artificial Intelligence: Technology, Governance, and Policy Frameworks
Courses start at various times throughout the year. The full course catalog, including starting dates, is available on Diplo’s website.
Diplo offers a wide range of capacity development workshops which are exercise-based and aim to help participants identify areas that are challenging for them and offer practical tips and tools to overcome them. Topics include:
- The power of the unsaid
- Effective communication and persuasion under stress
- Communication skills
- Intercultural communication essentials
- Public diplomacy
- Diplomatic reporting
- Diplomatic protocol and etiquette
- Public speaking
Workshops are always customized to meet the needs of a particular region or partner institution and are delivered by our experienced and knowledgeable faculty members.
In recent years, our team has delivered workshops for the EU and the African Union; the ministries of foreign affairs of Serbia, South Africa, Bahrain, Indonesia, and Moldova; the Emirates Diplomatic Academy and the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy; and at universities in the USA, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, among others.
In addition to teaching, Diplo’s expert staff and faculty are researching contemporary topics of relevance to diplomacy, digital policy, and development. Current topics include artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data diplomacy, online learning, sustainable development goals, and more. The results of our research feed into our teaching activities; in addition, publications and other relevant resources are shared via our website.
Diplo’s faculty includes over 60 diplomats, academics, and Internet governance policy experts, who bring a wide range of experience and a variety of perspectives from all over the world.
In 2018, 454 participants from 107 countries around the world attended 24 Diplo online and blended learning courses: 66% diplomats and other civil servants, 14% representatives from civil society, 13% staff of international organizations, 3% representatives of business, 2% from academia, and 2% from other sectors. Some 50% of the participants were female.
To date, more than 6,000 participants from across the world have attended Diplo’s online courses. Diplo also has an active online community of alumni, faculty, and partners, who interact on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as meeting face-to-face when opportunities arise.
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