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DiploNews – Issue 77 – 4 October 2005

DiploNews – Issue 77 – October 4, 2005

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Call for Applications: 2006 PGD/MA in Contemporary Diplomacy

Diplo is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for our new Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Arts in Contemporary Diplomacy. This programme replaces our previous Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy, offering participants the choice to continue on to a Master’s degree awarded by the University of Malta.

The PGD/MA programme is designed for diplomats, civil servants and others involved in international relations who would like to improve their knowledge and skills in the field of diplomacy and information and communications technologies (ICT). The programme focuses on a broad spectrum of issues, including the work of diplomats in today’s world, new topics on diplomatic agendas and the use of information and communications technology (ICT) tools for diplomatic activities.

The PGD programme lasts for one year, consisting of a ten-day introductory workshop in Malta and participation in five online courses, each lasting ten weeks. The MA programme is open to all graduates of Diplo’s Postgraduate Diploma meeting the University entrance requirements and involves a further six months of online learning dedicated to writing a dissertation.

The application deadline for both PGD and MA programmes commencing in February 2006 is October 30, 2005. Please visit the PGD/MA webpages for further details and to apply, or contact admissions@diplomacy.edu.

Internet Governance Research Programme

TDuring the second week of September the Internet Governance Research Programme kicked off. Diplo received over 50 applications, and after a series of elimination selected 20 participants spanning the globe from Brazil and Argentina to South Africa, Zambia and Kenya to India, Samoa and Bangladesh. Participants were chosen mainly from developing countries with a broad geographical distribution, but above all based on their extensive qualifications and IG interest and experience. The programme is run through close cooperation between several organisations including ICANN, DiploFoundation, Global knowledge Partnership, the Swiss Agency for the Development Cooperation, RIPE NCC and Ipv6.

The aim of the programme is to explore different aspects of the management and the governance of the Internet. Overall it is a chance for the participants to develop collaborative research, and to exchange information, outcomes and experiences with fellow researchers from different parts of the world.

The programme focuses on four main areas of research:

  1. IP Allocation and Ipv6

  2. The Role of Civil Society from Developing Countries in Internet Governance

  3. Protection of Public Interest on the Internet

  4. Alternative Economic Model for Interconnection Charges

At the end of the programme the top three students will be invited to attend the WSIS Summit in Tunis.

For further information please visit the programme website.

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