Cultural Diplomacy online study programme

Category: Pressemitteilungen  

ifa Academy and University of Edinburgh offer new study courses as of autumn 2017

Cultural initiatives and educational programs have gained a new significance as instruments of foreign policy in almost all countries of the world. In addition to state actors, local and regional authorities, there are numerous non-state actors out in the field, such as private clubs and associations, churches, trade unions, foundations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), institutions of development cooperation, individuals and of course institutions of the creative industry and culture. They all play their distinctive role in the field of foreign cultural relations and educational policies.

ifa Academy and the University of Edinburgh signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop the first officially university-accredited online degree program for "Cultural Diplomacy". As of autumn 2017, the degree program will be available in German and English. The program offers the possibility of a M.A. university degree. Learners will also have to option to enroll in specific modules only as non-accredited study course.

The new study program will focus on cultural diplomacy in practice. The new program will trans-disciplinary and will offer professionals new access to continuing education and training. The course contents include political theory, philosophy, international relations, culture, diplomacy, art, economy and history.

In a world increasingly dominated by crises and conflicts, culture and education have received a new political and social relevance. For practitioner of foreign cultural and educational relations, there are not too many programs to acquire new state-of-the-art skills and competences and to prepare for the tasks and challenges of working abroad. The program is targeted at members of the Diplomatic services and international institutions, as well as professionals from NGOs, government agencies, private associations, cultural institutions and international experts.

The program will be part of the seminars and trainings offered by ifa Academy in the field of foreign cultural relations and educational policies. 

ifa Academy
The ifa Academy offers training courses, seminars and counseling for actors of foreign cultural and educational policy, diplomats, experts in international institutions, globally active experts and cultural workers. The training opportunities include country- and region-specific seminars, methodological training, thematic seminars and conferences as well as subject-related advice. At the academy’s school for German as a Foreign Language, the academy offers language courses from A1 for beginners to C1 and C2 courses according to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The ifa Academy works according to the European Framework for Lifelong Learning and the training standards of the European Bologna EHEA framework. The ifa Academy is a nonprofit social enterprise within the ifa with affiliation to the German Foreign Office.

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