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DiploNews – Issue 86 – 6 June 2006

DiploNews – Issue 86 – June 6, 2006

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Last Call for Applications: July 2006 Short Online Courses

We are currently accepting applications for the upcoming short online course starting in July 2006:

  • Bilateral Diplomacy (Ambassador Kishan Rana)
  • Internet Governance (Dr Jovan Kurbalija)

Courses are designed to allow working diplomats and others involved in international relations to continue their education by learning about new topics in the field of diplomacy, or expanding and refreshing their knowledge of more traditional topics. Courses require 10 weeks of part-time study, typically 6-8 hours per week. Successful participants are awarded a postgraduate level certificate from DiploFoundation.

The application deadline for courses beginning in July is June 12, 2006. For further information, click on the titles of the courses above, or visit the Diplo website.

New Publication: Crossing the Executive Digital Divide

DiploFoundation is pleased to announce a new publication by Eduardo Gelbstein, entitled “Crossing the Executive Digital Divide.” Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) have become critical in business, government, manufacturing, critical infrastructures, academia, and, literally, everywhere else, and yet, despite the large sums of money involved, ICT remains the least well understood function in an organisation. Perhaps not surprisingly the track record of ICT is mixed. It can be so successful that owners are widely regarded as leaders in their field or it can be a source of concern because of delays, higher than expected costs, disappointing performance, and exposures to risk. Even worse, many situations can only be described as failures.   One common factor emerges from the success stories: executives and their ICT people work together for the benefit of their organisation. These jargon-free publications focus on the main issues relevant to decision and policy makers and discuss what executives can do to participate successfully in the Information Age and achieve successful, sustainable outcomes.

Crossing the Executive Digital Divide is available in two formats: a short, booklet form (part of our Information Society Library series) for those who wish to read about main concepts and strategies, and as a longer book for those who wish for more in-depth examination of the issues. For more information, and to order, please visit our publications pages.

Call for Applications: 2007 MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy

The Master of Arts/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy is designed for diplomats, civil servants, employees of international organisations and others involved in international relations. 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 programme is delivered through blended learning, taking advantage of the benefits offered by both traditional, face-to-face teaching, and online instruction. It is accredited through the Department of International Relations within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Malta.

The application deadline for the programme commencing in 2007 is October 10, 2006. For further information, and to apply, please visit the MA/PGD in Contemporary Diplomacy website.

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