The Diploma in Diplomacy & World Affairs course at the Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute (BIDTI) is open to undergraduates/graduates, mid/senior level executives in the public and private sector, officer ranks of military and police, aspirants to the Sri Lanka Foreign Service, International Organizations and for those interested in international relations. The duration of the course is one year.
The Course comprises of 5 modules:
Diplomatic Theory & Practice
This module has been introduced on the basis that the practice of diplomacy today is not the exclusive privilege of career diplomats. Senior level personnel in the private sector, other institutions in the public sector including the Armed Forces as well as those employed in the civil society organizations are often interacting with international partners and require skills and attributes of diplomats. The course covers the areas needed for the practice of professional diplomacy as well as aspects such as public relations and networking, effective communication skills, social behaviour and etiquette. The module imparts students with the knowledge of the practice of diplomacy, the skills it requires and institutions involved. It includes lectures, simulations as well as group activities.
The module will explain the nature of diplomacy i.e. bilateral and multilateral, economic, cultural, humanitarian, and public diplomacy as well as institutions of diplomacy.
This module has been introduced on the basis that all those who deal with the outside world need to be acquainted with the international legal system. It provides an opportunity for discussions on the practical application of International Law in the international arena.
International & Regional Organizations
Diplomacy today is no longer confined to dealings between Sovereign States. With the establishment of the United Nations in the post World War II environment, the character of international life has undergone substantial transformation. Today, diplomacy also involves relations with multitudes of international organizations and multinational companies. In many ways, the character of international life is also determined by the role of multilateral institutions. It is essential therefore that students have a clear understanding and appreciation of international and regional entities operating in the international arena. This module enables students to have a better understanding of a host of regional and international organizations in the world.
Current Global Political & Economic issues
The objective of this module is to acquaint participants with major global developments, including political, economic and socio-cultural developments. This module will take the form of discussions and debates on selected topics.
Sri Lanka Studies
The Course is focused on Sri Lanka in general, covering areas such as history, culture, economic and social aspects which are deemed to be essential for the purpose of representing Sri Lanka abroad.
For details please contact the Course Coordinator on Tel. 011 2 682 110 / 011 2 682 109.