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Long Life Learning

 

Continual education and professional skill development are prerequisites for every Foreign Service employee seeking career advancement. Education for Czech diplomats is tailored to meet the specific needs of Czech diplomacy, foreign policy, and the rules governing state administration.

Training diplomatic personnel needs to reflect the ever changing international situation - the growing number of actors and stakeholders in international relations, new threats and risks, as well as the rapid advances in information and communication technology. All of these factors influence, and in turn the style and approach to training diplomats. To meet these challenges, the Diplomatic Academy now offers courses such as Internet security, cyber security, global terrorism, anticorruption policy in state administration and crisis management.

Soft skills are another key area of focus for continuing education. The Diplomatic Academy facilitates learning opportunities so that diplomats are able to improve and develop their presentation skills; and negotiate effectively at bilateral and multilateral levels. Other courses offered focus on communication skills, workshops about working with journalists, mass communication, social media and developing media skills.

Another focus for the Diplomatic Academy is on enabling people to adapt to change. Diplomats need to adapt to different cultures and environments when working abroad. Therefore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs via the Diplomatic Academy offers courses on effective cross cultural communication for Czechs and foreigners, cultural diversity and psychological preparation for culture shock. A Special Survival course is also run in cooperation with the Military Academy in Vyškov which is designed for junior diplomatic and other Foreign Service members requiring the training.

From 2012, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched a new training initiative focused on promoting and supporting Czech economic interests abroad under the concept  of the Czech Republic’s foreign policy. The new training is aimed at broadening and deepening knowledge of economic issues for diplomats. It also strengthens economic knowledge on the macro level, while focusing on relations between national economies and their constituents, and how the state can better support the export strategies of Czech companies.

Training diplomats in economic affairs takes several dimensions. The core component is a week long course of economics, traditionally held at the beginning of the year, which is prepared for all departing diplomats, holding the position of economic counsellors and the junior diplomats. To supplement the intensive training, there are regular guest lectures on current economic issues where prominent Czech economists and senior government officials are invited.

THE LECTURE ON DIPLOMATIC PROTOCOL ATTRACTED 200 VISITORS

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The traditional autumn lecture on diplomatic protocol, privileges and immunities took place in Czernin Palace. more ►

Czech Diplomats receive training in EU Countries

The 2013-2014 academic year has increased the participation of Czech Diplomats within the framework of “The European Diplomatic Programme” and its wider diplomatic activities. more ►

Mobbing: How to Recognize, Prevent and Deal with it

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What's the difference between bullying and mobbing? What is “bossing” and “stuffing”? What are the causes and characteristic features of mobbing? How are victims supposed to respond to mobbing?… more ►

Migration and International Relations

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Regionalization as a result of globalization, the loss of states’ leading role in the migration issues, and the definition of “immigration diplomacy” – these were the three main points from the… more ►

China's Role in the Global Economy

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With a population of 1.3 billion, China has recently become the world’s second largest economy. At the same time, China is the largest exporter of goods and second largest exporter of services in… more ►

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held its third annual two-week Economic Education training course

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This year’s economic education course was held on 3 - 14 February 2014 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The participants included junior diplomatic and future economic counselors. more ►

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Dub opened the third year of Economic education course

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The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomáš Dub opened the third year of a two-week Economic education course at Cernin Palace on February 3rd 2014 more ►

Tomáš Holinka from Moody’s Analytics opened another year of „Economists for Czech diplomacy“ project

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Financial analyst and macroeconomist Tomáš Holinka opened another year of „Economists for Czech diplomacy“ project by a lecture on global economic outlook for 2014. more ►

Social protocol and etiquette by Ladislav Špaček

The art of social protocol and etiquette should be one of the natural skills of all diplomats, and not only diplomats. Ladislav Špaček, a renowned expert in this field, gave a lecture on the art… more ►

China’s economic and trade cooperation by Liu Xinying from Shandong University

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As a part of its economic education programme, the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a lecture on “Possible Sino-China Economic and Trade Cooperation for Czech… more ►

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