The Australian National University

Established in 1946, The Australian National University (ANU) is a highly regarded research institution that provides an excellent environment for learning. ANU has used its intrinsic advantages, including “national university” status, to develop strong research institutions with highly credentialed staff. It is recognised as a top-shelf research university, globally as well as nationally. The university’s atmosphere and depth of scholarly knowledge translates into an excellent learning environment for students. Close to half the university’s students are pursuing higher-level degrees. Undergraduate and postgraduate students alike benefit from being instructed by academics who balance teaching with world-class research. ANU is consistently ranked among Australia’s best research universities.

The Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy

The Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy (APCD) at The Australian National University was established in 2003 and is the only such institution in the southern hemisphere. Located in the Australian capital of Canberra, APCD benefits from direct access to key government departments such as the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Foreign Affairs and Trade, Defence, and Treasury, amongst others. It is part and parcel of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, which hosts the largest assembly of cutting-edge regional experts in the English-speaking world.

APCD is a training and educational hub for practitioners seeking to advance their careers in a wide range of areas that require them to navigate an increasingly globalised work environment – multilateral diplomacy, international institutions, national government agencies, non-governmental organizations, multinational corporations, international law, and journalism amongst others.


Diplomatic Academy in Vienna

Diplomatic Academy in Vienna

The Diplomatic Academy is a postgraduate professional school, dedicated to preparing talented university and college graduates for international careers and positions of leadership in international organizations, the EU, in public service and in international business. The main training areas encompass international relations, political science, international and EU law, economics, history and languages. Its unique teaching philosophy is built on five pillars: the highest academic standards, multidisciplinary training, the interplay between theory and practice, full competence in languages and an optimal student-teacher ratio. This teaching philosophy ensures that students receive a world-class education in international affairs. The history of the Academy begun in 1754, when the Empress Maria Theresa founded the Oriental Academy to train young men for the diplomatic service of the Habsburg monarchy. Out of the Oriental Academy evolved first the Consular Academy and in 1964 the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, which in 1996 was granted the status of an independent public training institution. The Academy is thus one of the oldest of its kind worldwide.

Georgetown University – Institute for the Study of Diplomacy

Georgetown University

Founded in 1978, the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, an integral part of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, brings together diplomats, scholars and students from across and beyond Georgetown University – the world’s leading academic and research institutions – to explore global challenges and evolving demands of diplomatic statecraft, to better understand the nexus of theory and practice, and to enhance and expand an appreciation of the role of diplomacy as a critical tool in national policy. The purpose is to render a true and realistic picture of why things happen the way they do, and of what could be learned with the hope of doing better in the future.

The Institute prepare the next generation of policy-makers and implementers through rigorous study of the history, dynamics and skills involved in diplomacy and active mentorship by drawing on the experience of practitioners in cooperation with the academic community. Its focuses on the practice and process of diplomacy – including negotiating, building alliances, expanding cooperation, and influencing state and non-state actors – in a globalized environment that treats with new issues, technologies, conditions and actors.

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