Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) has launched the Executive Master of Diplomatic Studies and International Cooperation Program for the academic year 2020-2021, receiving the first batch of 13 diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Qatar, under a memorandum of understanding with the Diplomatic Institute.
As part of the School of Public Administration and Development Economics (SPADE), the new program aims to provide the opportunity to employees working in the diplomatic corps and international cooperation, official representations in regional and international organizations, official envoys and international mediators from the State of Qatar, to integrate into the world of international and diplomatic relations, with its political, cultural and legal ramifications; in addition to providing them with the tools of written diplomatic work (international law and treaties), and unwritten international norms towards serving the national interest of the State of Qatar in its bilateral and multilateral relations.
In her remarks, Dr Hend Al Muftah, Vice President of Administration and Finance at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies stated: "The program is one of its kind in Qatar and the Gulf, which is characterized by its academic and global partnerships that will contribute to providing Qatari diplomatic bodies and missions with a generations of Qatari diplomats who are fully conscious of their country's future and aspirations. Al Muftah urged students to take advantage of the benefits the Institute will offer them, whether at the level of relations and visits, or at the level of scientific and academic research, through cooperation and coordination with expert professors in the diplomatic research field.
Dr Hamid Ali, Dean of the School of Public Administration and Development Economics (SPADE) said that the program is based on a combination between a theoretical track that comprises three main areas: foreign policy, diplomacy, and international law. Whereas the practical track aims to activate what is at the core of the theoretical course through mechanisms that move the learner from the horizon of reception to the space of self-learning and peer learning. Furthermore, to identify the work of international organizations through field visits, and networking with distinguished expertise in diplomatic and policy-making professionals, who will join the program as visiting lecturers to enrich students' knowledge and refine their experiences.
"The students will study in-kind cases to deepen understanding of foreign policy tracks, its implications and analyze the lesson learned, as well as field visits to give a practical dimension to the theoretical perspectives that establish international cooperation and conflict resolutions" he added.
According to Dr Marwan Kablan, the Academic Supervisor and Head of Policy Analysis Unit at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies: "The program, with its modernity, stems from a broad understanding of diplomatic practice as one of the tools that states resort to in managing relations and serving interests outside national borders in times of peace, crises, and wars alike. It requires recognition to trends and major schools in foreign policy, international relations, international law, diplomacy, and international organizations. Therefore, It is necessary for the students to learn about the mechanisms of foreign policy-making, its tools and levels of diplomatic work, and various issues, with a focus on soft power, its tools and uses, as it is one of the most important advantages of Qatar's foreign policy".
Adding, "The Executive Master of Diplomatic Studies and International Cooperation Program seeks to host two international experienced diplomats to hold workshops to present reference cases in the diplomatic work and international cooperation. Also, organizing field visits to the UN headquarter in Geneva to deepen students' knowledge of international organizations on the ground."
With regards to admission, the applicant must have a Bachelor's degree received from an accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA of at least 3 out of 4 and an official IELTS or TOEFL report or other evidence of English proficiency, in addition to management experience not less than two years.
The applicant must also submit a personal statement written in Arabic (approximately 700 - 1000 words), explaining to which the degree of Executive Master of Diplomatic Studies and International Cooperation is compatible with his/her future academic and professional objectives.