Improve your diplomatic skills

We provide the Geneva-based diplomatic and foreign-policy communities with a diverse range of diplomatic training modules. These include a series of lectures, discussions, short tailored made programmes and debates on pressing issues of international concern.

The Diplomatic Training courses can either be thematic or skills oriented in-situ (at the invitation of our partners) or at our own premises here in Geneva, which is a major centre for international cooperation. While relying on the expertise of our faculty, which includes world renowned professors, statesmen, stateswomen and ambassadors, we develop a methodology which is experience-sharing and practice oriented and courses are designed carefully to address cross-cutting issues and give a global understanding of the theme or skills at hence.

Please see below the outline of the following possibilities:

The training modules can be customized for junior to senior level diplomats and helps them to:

  • (Better) Understand the dynamics of international politics and diplomatic issues;
  • Develop practical skills necessary to master the challenges of 21st century diplomacy;
  • Advance cross-cultural negotiation and communication skills;
  • Develop competence in dealing with challenges at the global, regional and national levels;

Learn and incorporate tools, procedures and instruments to effectively manage complex projects and programmes in international and multicultural environments.

Diplomatic Skills: ‘Working with the UN’ – Case Study Weekends

This is a practice-oriented training at the heart of international Geneva for young professionals from the diplomatic service, international institutions, private sector and NGOs.


  • Provides advanced in-depth knowledge and skills to grasp and navigate the complex realities of international relations and deal with practical situations encountered by diplomats in their everyday practice;
  • Focuses on a variety of the most important global challenges and governance solutions in the areas from migration and security to trade negotiations and global health;
  • Develops practical skills such as negotiation, working in teams, problem-solving, conflict resolution and cross-cultural communication, public speaking and leadership, through practical exercises and case studies;


3 Weekends (Friday afternoon from 14.00 – 17.15 and Saturday from 09.15 – 17.00)*

24 & 25 March 2017
  •  The strategic context of International Institutions
  • In search of aid effectiveness – inter-agency coordination and UN system wide coherence
  • The United Nations System and its role in ‘global governance’
  • Governance and decision-making of International Institutions
  • The evolving funding policies and their impacts on governance and operations
28 & 29 April 2017
  • Managing change (case study): From ‘winter is coming’ to ‘the new deal’: Managing change at World Development Fund’s Tallyland Country office
  • Managing across cultures – interpreting IIs’ organizational behavior and managing cultural diversity
  • Case study: Managing organizational culture at ICRC
  • Shifting paradigms for programme implementation
  • Strengthening efficiency and effectiveness of operations and in humanitarian and development sectors
19 & 20 May 2017
  • Building the organization’s profile: communication and stakeholder management; branding
  • Case study: Developing partnerships with civil society: the case of UNICEF
  • Innovative partnership and strategies to mobilize resources and ideas
  • Understanding budgeting and financial reporting of IIs
  • Class exercise – reading financial statements of UN system organizations

*It is possible to register for the case study weekends separately or to register for all three weekends.

Per case study weekend: CHF 500
Full package (3 weekends) : CHF 1’200

** (registration fee of CHF 100,- not included)


To register for the Case Study Weekend(s), please fill out our online application form. In the form you can indicate if you would like to sign up for 1 or 2 weekends or the full package of 3 weekends.

Diplomatic Skills – Tailor made trainings

This is a practice-oriented training at the heart of international Geneva for professionals from the diplomatic service, international institutions, private sector and NGOs (for groups). We offer organisations the opportunity to create a tailor made diplomatic skills program, based on their needs and focused on improving the practical skills of their employees to better face today’s challenges and issues.

The training will be created based on your specific needs and can include a series of lectures, discussions, simulations, short tailor-made programmes, case studies and debates on pressing issues of international concern. Some examples of the practical skills course we offer are:

  • Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette
  • Working with the UN
  • Negotiation techniques and simulations
  • Rhetoric and eloquence: the art of public speaking and persuasion
  • Human advocacy

Would you like to improve your cross-cultural negotiation or communication skills and develop competence in dealing with challenges at the global, regional and national level, please contact us for more information.


Flexible: from 2 days to 2 weeks. For example:

  • 2 or 3 days – fulltime
  • 1 or 2 weeks – fulltime
  • Part-time, 3 weekends (Friday afternoon + Saturday full day)


The price for the tailor made programmes depend on the duration, location and content of the course.

Diplomatic Training ‘Accelerated EMIR’ – 4 months

This Diplomatic Training Programme is a special 4 months intensive training based on our current Master (MIR) & Executive Master Programme (EMIR).


The objective is to expose the theoretical underpinnings of International Relations and Global challenges and the concrete functioning of UN agencies (WTO; WHO etc.) and provide attendees with the practical skills required to operate in International Organizations and the Diplomatic Field.


  • EMIR classes & Term Paper, 1 Semester, 18 ECTS
  • Executive Winter or Summer School, 1 week full time, 4 ECTS
  • 3 MIR classes, by the candidate’s’ choice*, 18 ECTS
  • EMIR Thesis/Dissertation, 20 ECTS


1 Semester (4 months), on-campus:

  • 8 Evening classes per Semester (every second week of Semester, Tuesdays, 17.00 – 19.00)
  • 3 Case Study Weekends (3 weekends per Semester, include Friday afternoon, 14.00 – 17.15 & full Saturday, 9.00 – 17.00)
  • Thesis: off-campus
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