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Internet governance (IG) is becoming one of the most important policy issues of our time. Topics like privacy protection, human rights online, and cybersecurity are increasingly in the focus of global policy-making. How we manage the Internet will define much of our society. Yet, the growing relevance of the Internet is not yet supported by effective and inclusive Internet governance.

Recognising this gap, Diplo launched the annual Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme (IGCBP) which has trained over 1,500 professionals from 160 countries worldwide since its inception in 2003. Many of these professionals are now among the world's emerging leaders and pioneers in the digital world.

The programme is made up of five phases:

Master/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy with Internet governance specialisation [Open call for applications]

As of 2013, Diplo started offering an online Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy with an Internet Governance specialisation, accredited by the University of Malta. This programme introduces current and future Internet policymakers to key issues in Internet governance and policy-making. Areas of study range from the basics of diplomacy through to contemporary Internet-related topics. Please click on the Course Details tab on this page for further information.

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To learn more about our work in IG and to access our resources, visit www.diplomacy.edu/IG

 

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Ongoing, according to Phase

Application deadline: 
Various application deadlines
Start date: 
Various starting dates
Course code: 
Various course codes
Mode(s) of study: 
Credit - Certificate - Master/PGD
Course details

Internet governance (IG) is becoming one of the most important policy issues of our time. Topics like privacy protection, human rights online, and cybersecurity are increasingly in the focus of global policy-making. How we manage the Internet will define much of our society. Yet, the growing relevance of the Internet is not yet supported by effective and inclusive Internet governance.

Recognising this gap, Diplo launched the annual Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme (IGCBP) which has trained over 1,500 professionals from 160 countries worldwide since its inception in 2003. Many of these professionals are now among the world's emerging leaders and pioneers in the digital world.

The programme is made up of five phases:

Master/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy with Internet governance specialisation [Open call for applications]

As of 2013, Diplo started offering an online Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy with an Internet Governance specialisation, accredited by the University of Malta. This programme introduces current and future Internet policymakers to key issues in Internet governance and policy-making. Areas of study range from the basics of diplomacy through to contemporary Internet-related topics. Please click on the Course Details tab on this page for further information.

The next starting dates for Diplo's Internet governance courses are:

Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy, with a specialisation in Internet governance

- Master/PGD (IG specialisation)

[Open call for applications]

 2 February 2015

Introduction to Internet Governance

- Master/PGD (IG specialisation), or
- Accredited University of Malta course, or
- IGCBP Foundation Phase certificate course

[Currently running]

 17 February 2014

 

Infrastructure and Critical Internet Resources

- Master/PGD (IG specialisation), or
- Accredited University of Malta course, or
- IGCBP Thematic Phase certificate course

[Open call for applications]

 21 July 2014

Cybersecurity

- Master/PGD (IG specialisation), or
- Accredited University of Malta course, or
- IGCBP Thematic Phase certificate course

 6 October 2014

ICT Policy and Strategic Planning

- IGCBP Thematic Phase certificate course  TBA

Privacy and Personal Data Protection

 

- IGCBP Thematic Phase certificate course

 TBA

E-participation

- IGCBP Thematic Phase certificate course  TBA
 
History of the Internet - IGCBP Thematic Phase certificate course  TBA
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

- IGCBP Thematic Phase certificate course

 TBA
Policy Research Methodology - IGCBP Research Phase certificate course

 TBA

 

To learn more about our work in IG and to access our resources, visit www.diplomacy.edu/IG

 

Who should apply

Unless stated otherwise for any of the programmes, the following categories of individuals from both developed and developing countries are encouraged to apply:

  • Officials in government ministries, departments, or institutions dealing with Information Society, Internet and ICT-related policy issues (e.g. telecommunications, education, foreign affairs, justice);
  • Postgraduate students, academics and researchers in the IG field (e.g. in telecommunications, electrical engineering, law, economics, development studies);
  • Civil society activists in the IG and Information Society fields;
  • Journalists covering IG issues; and
  • Individuals in Internet-business fields (e.g. ISPs, software developers).

This course may also be of interest to:

  • Practising diplomats, civil servants, and others working in international relations who want to refresh or expand their knowledge under the guidance of experienced practitioners and academics.
  • Postgraduate students of diplomacy or international relations wishing to study topics not offered through their university programmes or diplomatic academies and to gain deeper insight through interaction with practising diplomats.
  • Postgraduate students or practitioners in other fields seeking an entry point into the world of diplomacy.
  • Journalists, staff of international and non-governmental organisations, translators, business people and others who interact with diplomats and wish to improve their understanding of diplomacy-related topics.
Prerequisites

Applicants for certificate courses must have:

  • IG knowledge and/or experience of the multistakeholder approach in international affairs;
  • Sufficient ability in the English language to undertake postgraduate level studies (including reading academic texts, discussing complex concepts with other course participants, and submitting written essay assignments).
  • Fluency in the second language for the applicants to any of the bilingual groups (if offered);
  • Regular access to the Internet (dial-up connection is sufficient, although broadband is preferable);
  • A minimum of 8-10 hours commitment per week, and the readiness to participate in class online sessions (once a week at specified times).

In addition to the above, applicants for accredited courses must also meet University of Malta prerequisites:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject with at least Second Class Honours.
  • Proof of English language proficiency obtained within the last two years (minimum requirements TOEFL: paper-based – 650; Internet-based – 95. IELTS: 6.5. Cambridge: Proficiency Certificate with Grade C or better). If when applying you are still waiting for your English language proficiency results, the University may issue a conditional letter of acceptance.
Fees

Course fees depend on whether you wish to obtain university credit for the course:

  • €790 (University of Malta Accredited Course)
  • €600 (Diplo Certificate Course)

Applicants must pay full fees upon official acceptance into the course. The fee includes:

  • University of Malta application fee (for University of Malta Accredited Courses only)
  • Full tuition
  • Course orientation pack where applicable (optional readings)
  • Access to all course materials online, via Diplo’s online classroom
  • Access, via the Internet, to the University of Malta e-journal collection (University of Malta Accredited Courses only)
  • Personal interaction via the online classroom with course lecturers, staff and other participants
  • Online technical support
  • For Diplo Certificate Courses, postgraduate-level certificate issued by DiploFoundation on successful completion of course requirements (interaction and participation, all assignments)

Financial assistance

As Diplo's ability to offer scholarship support is limited (please check the 'Fees' section for your preferred course for more information), candidates are strongly encouraged to seek scholarship funding directly from local or international institutions. Our guide to Finding Scholarships for Online Study may provide you with some useful starting points.

 

How to apply

A number of routes for application are available:

  • Apply for your preferred course as a Diplo Certificate Course
  • Apply for your preferred course as a University of Malta Accredited Course
  • Take a course as part of the Master/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy

Learn more about certificate and accredited courses, and about learning with Diplo.


Apply for a Diplo Certificate Course

Applicants for certificate courses should apply online. To apply, please click on 'How to Apply' on the course page for the course you have chosen, or follow the link to your course via the Course Catalogue.

Late applications may be considered if there are spaces available in the course.


Apply for a University of Malta Accredited Course

Complete application packages must be received by specified application deadlines in order to be considered. To apply, please click on 'How to Apply' on the course page for the course you have chosen, or follow the link to your course via the Course Catalogue. The following documents will be required:

  1. Two copies of the University of Malta application form filled out in full (download form for overseas applicants; download form for applicants with Maltese qualifications).
  2. Certified copies of original degree(s) and official transcripts.
  3. English translations of degree(s) and transcripts if they are not in English, signed and stamped by translator.
  4. English language proficiency certificate obtained within the last two years (minimum requirements TOEFL: paper-based – 650; Internet-based – 95. IELTS: 6.5. Cambridge: Proficiency Certificate with Grade C or better). Please indicate on the application form if you are still waiting for your English language proficiency results.
  5. Photocopy of personal details pages of your passport.Application fee or proof of payment (€100 – non-refundable – see methods of payment).

Application packages must be mailed to the address at the bottom of the page.


Cancellation Policy

Diplo reserves the right to cancel this course if enrolment is insufficient. In case of cancellation, Diplo will notify applicants shortly after the application deadline. Applicants who have paid an application fee may apply this fee towards another course or receive a refund.

 

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Course details:

Internet governance (IG) is becoming one of the most important policy issues of our time. Topics like privacy protection, human rights online, and cybersecurity are increasingly in the focus of global policy-making. How we manage the Internet will define much of our society. Yet, the growing relevance of the Internet is not yet supported by effective and inclusive Internet governance.

Recognising this gap, Diplo launched the annual Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme (IGCBP) which has trained over 1,500 professionals from 160 countries worldwide since its inception in 2003. Many of these professionals are now among the world's emerging leaders and pioneers in the digital world.

The programme is made up of five phases:

Master/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy with Internet governance specialisation [Open call for applications]

As of 2013, Diplo started offering an online Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy with an Internet Governance specialisation, accredited by the University of Malta. This programme introduces current and future Internet policymakers to key issues in Internet governance and policy-making. Areas of study range from the basics of diplomacy through to contemporary Internet-related topics. Please click on the Course Details tab on this page for further information.

The next starting dates for Diplo's Internet governance courses are:

Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy, with a specialisation in Internet governance

- Master/PGD (IG specialisation)

[Open call for applications]

 2 February 2015

Introduction to Internet Governance

- Master/PGD (IG specialisation), or
- Accredited University of Malta course, or
- IGCBP Foundation Phase certificate course

[Currently running]

 17 February 2014

 

Infrastructure and Critical Internet Resources

- Master/PGD (IG specialisation), or
- Accredited University of Malta course, or
- IGCBP Thematic Phase certificate course

[Open call for applications]

 21 July 2014

Cybersecurity

- Master/PGD (IG specialisation), or
- Accredited University of Malta course, or
- IGCBP Thematic Phase certificate course

 6 October 2014

ICT Policy and Strategic Planning

- IGCBP Thematic Phase certificate course  TBA

Privacy and Personal Data Protection

 

- IGCBP Thematic Phase certificate course

 TBA

E-participation

- IGCBP Thematic Phase certificate course  TBA
 
History of the Internet - IGCBP Thematic Phase certificate course  TBA
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

- IGCBP Thematic Phase certificate course

 TBA
Policy Research Methodology - IGCBP Research Phase certificate course

 TBA

 

To learn more about our work in IG and to access our resources, visit www.diplomacy.edu/IG

 

Who should apply:

Unless stated otherwise for any of the programmes, the following categories of individuals from both developed and developing countries are encouraged to apply:

  • Officials in government ministries, departments, or institutions dealing with Information Society, Internet and ICT-related policy issues (e.g. telecommunications, education, foreign affairs, justice);
  • Postgraduate students, academics and researchers in the IG field (e.g. in telecommunications, electrical engineering, law, economics, development studies);
  • Civil society activists in the IG and Information Society fields;
  • Journalists covering IG issues; and
  • Individuals in Internet-business fields (e.g. ISPs, software developers).

This course may also be of interest to:

  • Practising diplomats, civil servants, and others working in international relations who want to refresh or expand their knowledge under the guidance of experienced practitioners and academics.
  • Postgraduate students of diplomacy or international relations wishing to study topics not offered through their university programmes or diplomatic academies and to gain deeper insight through interaction with practising diplomats.
  • Postgraduate students or practitioners in other fields seeking an entry point into the world of diplomacy.
  • Journalists, staff of international and non-governmental organisations, translators, business people and others who interact with diplomats and wish to improve their understanding of diplomacy-related topics.
Methodology:

This course is conducted entirely online over a period of ten weeks. Reading materials and tools for online interaction are provided through an online classroom. Each week, participants read the provided lecture text, adding questions, comments, and references in the form of hypertext entries. Tutors and other participants read and respond to these entries, creating interaction based on the lecture text. During the week, participants complete additional online activities (e.g. further discussion via blogs or forums and quizzes). At the end of the week, participants and lecturers meet online in a chat room to discuss the week’s topic. Courses are based on a collaborative approach to learning, involving a high level of interaction. This course requires a minimum of five to seven hours of study time per week.

Participants are invited to join Diplo’s global Internet governance online community of over 1000 members, and to attend monthly webinars and other IG-related events and activities.

Unless the description for a specific course states otherwise, the course materials, our e-learning platform, and the working language of the courses is English. Applicants should consider whether their reading and writing skills in English are sufficient to follow university-level materials and discussion.

Applicants to the bilingual groups (if offered) are asked to note that both languages are considered working languages within these groups. Reading and writing skills in English must be sufficient to understand learning materials and instructions, and for basic communication and interaction. Reading and writing skills in the second language must be sufficient for discussion and research purposes.

Prerequisites:

Applicants for certificate courses must have:

  • IG knowledge and/or experience of the multistakeholder approach in international affairs;
  • Sufficient ability in the English language to undertake postgraduate level studies (including reading academic texts, discussing complex concepts with other course participants, and submitting written essay assignments).
  • Fluency in the second language for the applicants to any of the bilingual groups (if offered);
  • Regular access to the Internet (dial-up connection is sufficient, although broadband is preferable);
  • A minimum of 8-10 hours commitment per week, and the readiness to participate in class online sessions (once a week at specified times).

In addition to the above, applicants for accredited courses must also meet University of Malta prerequisites:

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject with at least Second Class Honours.
  • Proof of English language proficiency obtained within the last two years (minimum requirements TOEFL: paper-based – 650; Internet-based – 95. IELTS: 6.5. Cambridge: Proficiency Certificate with Grade C or better). If when applying you are still waiting for your English language proficiency results, the University may issue a conditional letter of acceptance.
Fees:

Course fees depend on whether you wish to obtain university credit for the course:

  • €790 (University of Malta Accredited Course)
  • €600 (Diplo Certificate Course)

Applicants must pay full fees upon official acceptance into the course. The fee includes:

  • University of Malta application fee (for University of Malta Accredited Courses only)
  • Full tuition
  • Course orientation pack where applicable (optional readings)
  • Access to all course materials online, via Diplo’s online classroom
  • Access, via the Internet, to the University of Malta e-journal collection (University of Malta Accredited Courses only)
  • Personal interaction via the online classroom with course lecturers, staff and other participants
  • Online technical support
  • For Diplo Certificate Courses, postgraduate-level certificate issued by DiploFoundation on successful completion of course requirements (interaction and participation, all assignments)

Financial assistance

As Diplo's ability to offer scholarship support is limited (please check the 'Fees' section for your preferred course for more information), candidates are strongly encouraged to seek scholarship funding directly from local or international institutions. Our guide to Finding Scholarships for Online Study may provide you with some useful starting points.

 

How to apply:

A number of routes for application are available:

  • Apply for your preferred course as a Diplo Certificate Course
  • Apply for your preferred course as a University of Malta Accredited Course
  • Take a course as part of the Master/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy

Learn more about certificate and accredited courses, and about learning with Diplo.


Apply for a Diplo Certificate Course

Applicants for certificate courses should apply online. To apply, please click on 'How to Apply' on the course page for the course you have chosen, or follow the link to your course via the Course Catalogue.

Late applications may be considered if there are spaces available in the course.


Apply for a University of Malta Accredited Course

Complete application packages must be received by specified application deadlines in order to be considered. To apply, please click on 'How to Apply' on the course page for the course you have chosen, or follow the link to your course via the Course Catalogue. The following documents will be required:

  1. Two copies of the University of Malta application form filled out in full (download form for overseas applicants; download form for applicants with Maltese qualifications).
  2. Certified copies of original degree(s) and official transcripts.
  3. English translations of degree(s) and transcripts if they are not in English, signed and stamped by translator.
  4. English language proficiency certificate obtained within the last two years (minimum requirements TOEFL: paper-based – 650; Internet-based – 95. IELTS: 6.5. Cambridge: Proficiency Certificate with Grade C or better). Please indicate on the application form if you are still waiting for your English language proficiency results.
  5. Photocopy of personal details pages of your passport.Application fee or proof of payment (€100 – non-refundable – see methods of payment).

Application packages must be mailed to the address at the bottom of the page.


Cancellation Policy

Diplo reserves the right to cancel this course if enrolment is insufficient. In case of cancellation, Diplo will notify applicants shortly after the application deadline. Applicants who have paid an application fee may apply this fee towards another course or receive a refund.