DiploNews - Issue 189 - September 15,
2011

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Last call for applications: 2012 Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy

You are invited to apply for the popular Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy, offered through the University of Malta. This blended learning programme offers a valuable opportunity for diplomats and other international relations professionals to continue studies without leaving work. The application deadline is 30 September 2011. For more information and to apply please see the course webpage.

Policy Research Methodology online course

We are currently accepting applications for Diplo’s online Policy Research Methodology course, which will run from 17 October to 15 December 2011. The course is designed as an introduction to the principles and practices of policy research, development, and implementation. It introduces analytical insights in challenging information and communication technology and Internet governance topics that have strategy and developmental dimensions, alongside a research proposal exercise. For more information and to apply by 25 September, see the call for applications.

Autumn courses in diplomacy

Places remain in two of our autumn courses:

These Diplo Certificate Courses start the week of 10 October 2011. Apply as soon as possible to reserve your place. For further information and to apply, click on the titles of the courses above, or visit our courses website.

The consular diplomacy course emphasizes the gamut of roles which consulates play, their increasing importance in bridge-building amongst states and peoples and their function as a dynamic facet of a country’s internal and foreign policies.
 Anna Durante, Crown Counsel, Government of the Virgin Islands
 

Plug in and learn

A recent post on Diplo’s e-diplomacy blog looks at different views on the value of online learning:

A couple of surveys from Pew Research Center conducted in spring 2011 have shed some interesting light on online courses and, indeed, on surveys in general. I can't help but wonder had Diplo Internet governance alumni been polled, would the results have been any different. For instance, according to Pew, only 29% of the general public thinks that online courses offer an equal value compared with courses taken in a classroom…

Read the post and join the ongoing discussion on our e-diplomacy website.