The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA), the UAE’s leading international relations and diplomatic institution, concluded a five-day ‘General Diplomacy Programme’ for 30 members of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) Future Leaders.
Now in its second consecutive year, the bespoke programme was developed to meet the objectives of the ‘ADNOC Leadership Program’. EDA’s curriculum included three skills courses and one workshop that created an active learning environment, involving intensive teamwork and class interaction. Each session aimed to foster innovation and collaboration among peers, resulting in a unique opportunity to refresh old skills and acquire new ones.
The first skill course on diplomacy provided an introduction into diplomacy and the difference between contemporary and classical diplomacy as well as how diplomacy links to security, media and public opinions. It also included an overview of economic, environmental, cultural and multilateral diplomacy, and highlights the changing role of embassies in promoting interstate relations.
The second course on ‘Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette’ aimed to improve the communication skills of senior diplomats, with respect to different cultures, and to master international business etiquette.
The third course focused on effective negotiation skills and strategies in international organisations and companies. Participants examined the influence of cultural factors on international negotiations, studied the causes of deadlocks and how to best address them.
The programme will conclude with a workshop on energy and climate change in international affairs, in order to enhance participants' understanding of the challenges as well as the industry’s latest updates. The workshop will shed light on the global climate change regime which evolves under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Participants will learn about the emergence and development of the global cooperative response to climate change and the interests of different countries in regards to this issue. The workshop will also allow participants to experience multilateral negotiations and decision-making first-hand through interactive simulation exercises.
The certificate award ceremony was attended by Ghannam Al Mazrouei, Director of Human Capital and Administration Directorate of ADNOC, alongside EDA management, staff and faculty.
Mariam Ibrahim Al Mahmoud, Acting Deputy Director General and Director of Executive Training at EDA, said: “It is the responsibility of every citizen to be a good representative of their nation. This duty does not only rest with diplomats and foreign service officers. Today, diplomacy has other non-traditional players, including government officials, corporations, think tanks, NGOs, entertainers, athletes and even the media.”
She added: “EDA’s training for ADNOC Future Leaders represents yet another way for the Academy to fulfil its mandate of preparing individuals to represent the UAE on the global stage. We are confident it will help the participants become competent leaders of their company and our country during events and meetings at home and abroad, whether on business trips or those of a personal nature.”
Designed to optimise learning and knowledge transfer, EDA’s programmes and courses incorporate lectures, assessments, case studies, group activities, coaching and simulations. The Academy’s blended teaching methodology results in a highly-engaged classroom and deep long-lasting learning outcomes.
EDA offers a wide range of executive training programmes for established professionals that cover topics from economic diplomacy and political analysis to international law and consensus building. The programmes complement the Academy’s specialised areas of focus that include education of future diplomats, research and analysis.
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