Training for International Diplomats
With each other, for each other, all around the world – Training for International Diplomats is a success story. These are optimum conditions for a diplomatic network for the future.
Training for International Diplomats is an invitation to young foreign diplomats to gain professional experience in Germany at the start of their careers, to compare points of view and to identify common ground.
The Training for International Diplomats programme was established in 1992 after the end of the Cold War, the aim being to promote the development of foreign services in the fledgling democracies with courses for diplomats from Central and Eastern Europe. These were followed inter alia by courses for Afghanistan, the Middle East, Latin America, Iraq, Africa, Asia, China, the Western Balkans, Belarus and Ukraine. Now more than 15 courses are on offer to some 180 countries.
Training for International Diplomats takes account of current developments. For example, in 2011/2012 courses were offered for young diplomats from Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, as well as for the newly founded state of South Sudan. We have responded to the opening up of Myanmar with a programme for the country’s young diplomats in 2013.
Each year, we welcome some 300 diplomats to Berlin from around the world. Yet we still cannot meet the demand.
For each other
The International Diplomats Programme in conversation with the former Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt
© Foreign Office
Seminars and workshops, meetings with young German diplomats and placements in the Federal Foreign Office are the building blocks of the programmes. Talks with high-ranking staff of the federal ministries and the Federal Chancellery, with members of the German Bundestag are on the agenda, as are fact-finding visits to political foundations and institutions, to businesses and museums. Study trips to Brussels, Geneva, The Hague and Vienna are also offered depending on the nature of the seminar. Excursions to German cities such as Hamburg, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Munich, Frankfurt am Main and Bonn are another key component of the programmes.
Practice-oriented elements of the programme such as negotiation techniques, rhetoric and media training enable the participants to acquire valuable skills for their professional career. The focus is on issues such as constitutional law, federalism, international politics in the 20th and 21st centuries, bilateral relations between the participants’ countries and Germany and the EU, as well as international economic policy, peacekeeping and human rights. During the seminars the participants gain insight into the working procedures and structures of the German and international political, business and media spheres. Many seminars include a German language course.
The seminars are usually led by former ambassadors familiar with the region from which the participants come.
Participants in the 4th Executive Seminar for Diplomats from Latin America and the Caribbean
© Dirk Enters
The training programmes do not just include the annual seminars but also in-service courses for junior diplomats working at the foreign missions of their countries in Germany. Alongside the German-language Diplomatenkolleg and the International Diplomats Programme conducted in English, an EU-Kolleg was set up in 2010 to provide information on European policy to diplomats posted in Berlin from other EU member states.
Since 2014, the Global Diplomacy Lab external link, opens in new windowwww.global-diplomacy-lab.org with Foreign Minister Steinmeier as its patron has provided a new platform for exchange between diplomats and experts from non-governmental organisations, businesses, cultural institutions and foundations. At the heart of the Global Diplomacy Lab is the shared search for new and more inclusive diplomacy methods and the drafting of new approaches which go beyond conventional politics.
There are also repeat programmes, meetings abroad and regular events in Germany for alumni. There are currently about 200 of our alumni working in missions in Germany, several of them ambassadors.
Creating and cultivating networks
To secure the long-term success of the training programmes and networks, Training for International Diplomats offers an information and contact platform for current and former participants external link, opens in new windowInternetportal. The newsletter external link, opens in new window"Brief aus Berlin" is issued every two months.
The external link, opens in new windowFacebook page of Training for International Diplomats keeps followers up-to-date on current and upcoming programmes and events. Groups set up for each course means current and former participants have a forum in which to exchange views.
On the Federal Foreign Office external link, opens in new windowYoutube channel, Training for International Diplomats provides an insight into their courses with videos in English.
The Diplomats’ College on the set of the Tagesschau news programme
© Foreign Office
The Federal Foreign Office’s cooperation partners include the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Robert Bosch Foundation, the BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt, the German Council on Foreign Relations, the Goethe-Institut and the European Academy Berlin as well as various higher education institutions.
The diplomats are all invited to participate by the respective German Embassy having been selected by their own foreign ministries. Depending on the course, good German, French or English language skills are required. There is no charge for participating in International Training for Diplomats. The sending states are only responsible for covering the travel costs of the participants.
Conditions for participation
The diplomats are all invited to participate by the respective German Embassy having been selected by their own foreign ministries. Depending on the course, good German, French or English language skills are required. There is no charge for participating in International Training for Diplomats. The sending states are responsible for covering the travel costs of the participants.
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Last updated 27.02.2015