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DiploNews – Issue 302 – 16 June 2016

Upcoming study opportunities

Education Diplomacy Online Course

Diplo and the Center for Education Diplomacy are pleased to announce the second session of the online course on Education Diplomacy. Education and development are rapidly being shaped by the influence of new actors, international policy, funding structures, and the proliferation of initiatives. This interactive online course presents the concept of Education Diplomacy in depth, considers the broader impact it may have on education, and allows participants to become more effective and responsive to the dynamic landscape of education. The next course starts on 26 September 2016; apply by 15 August. Partial scholarships are available for selected candidates from developing countries who are active in the field of Education Diplomacy. For more details and to apply, visit the course webpage or contact admissions@diplomacy.edu

2017 Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy

Diplo is accepting applications for the 2017 Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy, and the Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy with an Internet Governance specialisation. These unique postgraduate programmes, offered in cooperation with the University of Malta, include a 10-day residential workshop in Malta followed by 16–20 months of online learning. Visit the Master in Contemporary Diplomacy webpage to read more and to apply. Scholarships covering 20–50% of the Postgraduate Diploma fee are available for applicants from small and developing states. The programme starts on 1 February 2017. The application deadline is 1 October 2016 for international applicants and 15 November 2016 for Maltese applicants.

Online Diploma Course in Humanitarian Diplomacy
The next session of the Humanitarian Diplomacy online diploma course, offered by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in cooperation with DiploFoundation, will start on 5 September 2016. This 12-week course, led by Ambassador Christopher Lamb and a team of international experts, will extend the knowledge base and develop practical skills of current and future practitioners in humanitarian diplomacy and policy. This course is currently offered in English; however, participants who are more comfortable with French will have the option to write and submit some course assignments and their final research project in French. Partial bursaries are available for applicants from developing countries who work in the humanitarian field. The application deadline is 25 July 2016. For more details and to apply, visit the course webpage.

Summer online courses

Diplo's summer online courses start 18 July 2016:

The application deadline has been extended until 5 July  2016 for Diplo certificate courses. For further information or to apply, click on the titles of the courses above, or visit our courses webpage. Register now to reserve your place.

Malta scholarships

Thanks to support from the government of Malta, partial scholarships are available for applicants from developing countries to attend upcoming Diplo online courses. These scholarships cover 50-70% of course fees and can be applied to any online course in 2016. Browse our course catalogue and contact us at admissions@diplomacy.edu for further information.

University of Geneva online course on International Water Law

Diplo is proud to be a partner of the University of Geneva online course on International Water Law. Through this course, participants will acquire solid competences in legal and institutional frameworks for transboundary water co-operation. The University of Geneva organises a structured and flexible modular e-learning programme designed for professionals. To learn more and apply, visit the University of Geneva website.

June briefing on Internet governance

Our next Internet governance briefing will take place on 28 June at 11 UTC (13 CEST). Join us online, or at local hubs in Geneva, Jakarta, Rio de Janeiro, and Tunis, for a zoomed-out summary of the digital policy developments in June with an outlook for the month ahead. Learn more and register. If you missed the May webinar, resources are now available.

WebDebate on research in diplomacy

There is increasing interest among researchers of diplomacy in studying the field from various angles, from legal aspects and governance structures, to anthropological and cultural studies. June's WebDebate tackled research in diplomacy and asked whether it is relevant and useful. Prof. Yolanda Spies, from Johannesburg University, and Prof. Alan Henrikson, from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy shared their experience during the third WebDebate moderated by DiploFoundation director Dr Jovan Kurbalija. Read the digest of the discussion. Registrations for the next WebDebate, on 5 July, are now open.

What's been happening in Diplo's blogosphere

Over the last few weeks, Diplo’s blogosphere has seen two developments. A number of blogs provided reflections on diplomacy by taking a step back and taking in the larger picture. diplomacy – Diplomacy – DIPLOMACY looks at three different ways of perceiving diplomacy. Diplomacy between sprint and marathon talks about the skills required for diplomats and the speeding up as well as the slowing down of the process. Quantum diplomacy – ideas from the other side of the looking glass? introduces ideas from particle physics in order to contemplate the role of information and communication technology in diplomacy. Where are you (in the digital world)? discusses digital spaces, geography, territoriality, and the virtual. In addition, two blog posts, What have we learned about online learning this year? and Online education – six reasons why organisations should engage, look at recent developments in online education. 

Diplo and the Geneva Internet Platform on SDGS and ICT in the Guardian

The Guardian interviewed Diplo's Jovan Kurbalija on how ICT plays a role in implementing the sustainable development goals (SDGs). '"Simply put, ICT will be the difference between attaining the goals and failing to even come close", said Dr Jovan Kurbalija, director of DiploFoundation and head of the Geneva Internet Platform […] "The opportunities for progress in areas such as big data, the Internet of Things, development and e-commerce are enormous." Data could prove particularly useful, he believes, as it helps us plot how progress related to one SDG affects progress on another. "Water supply can affect health or peace. Innovation can improve economic growth. Big data can help us identify correlations and paternities among SDGs."' See more.

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