lighting, Diplomacy

Summer 2013 online courses

22 July 2013 -


Event description

Starting 22 July Diplo is offering three exciting online courses:

  • 21st Century Diplomacy – developing the skills and knowledge needed by diplomats today
  • Multilateral Diplomacy – increasing understanding of the processes behind the work of the UN
  • Infrastructure and Critical Internet Resources – building knowledge of how developing ICT infrasctucture can promote social, economic, and individual progress

Who should apply?

Working diplomats, professionals involved in international relations, and others who wish to learn about new topics in the field of diplomacy or expand and refresh their knowledge of more traditional topics. 

How much study time will I need?

Ten weeks of part-time study, around five to seven hours per week.

How does the online course work?

You will work through study materials provided in the online classroom together with other participants, following a weekly cycle. Each week, you read lecture texts, adding questions and comments and responding to those added by other participants and the lecturer(s). Other weekly activities may include self-assessment quizzes, short assignments, discussion forum topics and group tasks. At the end of the weekly cycle, you will meet with other participants and lecturers in an online chat room to discuss the topic for the week.

Apply by 20 May for University of Malta credit courses, and by 17 June for certificate courses.
Please see our online course catalogue for more information about each course, and to apply.


The course has helped me to redefine my role as a diplomat, and to appreciate the emerging challenges and responsibilities of diplomacy today including the role of new actors like NGOs, think-tanks and academics. I have learned to appreciate other stakeholders as partners and not competitors to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the conduct of foreign relations. The weekly seminar papers done by the selected seminar teams in the class got us actively researching and exchanging information, it is amazing how much we learned from each other. This kind of networking if maintained will surely enable us achieve much more in our quest to increase knowledge and share best practises in contemporary diplomacy.
Michael Bulwaka – Foreign Service Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uganda