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Introducing Executive Education short courses in Diplomacy

4 April 2018

Starting in April 2018, ANU now offers a calendar of publicly available professional development short courses for people interested in honing their diplomatic tradecraft, and deepening their global contextual understanding of international diplomacy, as well as the Asia-Pacific region.

The public calendar of courses are designed for practitioners and policymakers who recognise the increasing complexity of their roles, and are seeking to enhance their diplomatic skills, knowledge and understanding.

While the public calendar is a new format for us, we have a long history of delivering professional development training to the diplomatic community.

For the past twelve years the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy (APCD) at ANU has provided executive training and development courses to international and domestic government departments, multilateral organisations, international businesses and non-government organisations. These tailored courses have been designed specifically for the needs of each client organisation, and customised for the needs of each particular group of participants.

Now we are applying our considerable experience in successful course delivery to provide our new calendar of publicly available short courses.

Learning with the best

APCD delivers and facilitates all the short courses in the scheduled calendar and the tailored programs. We bring together leading researchers and practitioners in specific diplomatic fields to provide academic knowledge combined with hands-on skills and exercises.

A practical focus

We are determined that our participants will walk away from our one or two day courses with a solid set of skills that they have practiced during the course, and can immediately apply in their workplace, or bring with them as transferrable skills on their career journey.

For example, in the ‘International Negotiation Skills’ course, participants spend the majority of the second day role-playing as delegates to an international meeting on a topical issue, representing a variety of countries and organisations. This first-hand experience of how to conduct an international meeting and negotiate between parties is invaluable practice for real-world scenarios. So too, in the effective writing and presentation skills courses, participants complete practical exercises, and have the opportunity to hone their own skills while also learning from their course colleagues.

Available topics

The full calendar of courses keeps growing so keep an eye on our website for upcoming dates.
We offer courses aimed at honing your diplomatic tradecraft skills:

  • International negotiation (12-13 July or 18-19 October)
  • Effective writing (9-10 July or 15-16 October)
  • Effective presentation (11 July or 17 October)

We also offer courses designed to deepen your global contextual understanding of the Asia-Pacific region:

  • Strategy and Diplomacy in the 21st Century (11 April)
  • Engaging China (TBC May)
  • Understanding China’s Asia Policy (TBC May)
  • Strategic Diplomacy in East Asia (11 & 12 December)

The options for topics in our tailored courses are boundless. We can source a suitable expert from the academic staff of the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy or from our network of expert practitioners. Some of the possible tailored one-day courses could include:

  • Rebuilding disrupted states
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Introduction to the UN system
  • Religion & diplomacy
  • Politics of Asia-Pacific institutions
  • Practical approaches to human security
  • Conflict management within states
  • Conflict management & negotiating tactics

To register for a course, enquire about our new calendar of Executive Education short courses, or request a tailored course for your team, please contact:

Andrea Haese
Director – Executive Training Programs, APCD +61 2 6125 0914

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