Education Diplomacy Course

Stay tuned for the next opportunity to register for the course, later in 2016!

The Education Diplomacy course will be developed in collaboration with the Diplo Foundation.

The Education Diplomacy course will be developed in collaboration with the Diplo Foundation.

Due in part to shifts in global governance mechanisms, there has been a greater diversification of actors in the areas of education and development who are influencing international policy, funding structures, and the proliferation of initiatives. It has also been recognized that universal education goals cannot be achieved without the creation of innovative systems and partnerships. The practice of Education Diplomacy – processes that use negotiation and other diplomatic skills to cultivate trust and achieve mutual benefits toward context specific education goals – has, therefore, become more important than ever.

The Association for Childhood Education International, in collaboration with DiploFoundation, is developing an Education Diplomacy online course that explores the concept in depth and considers its practical relevance for a broad impact on education. Course participants will learn to effectively advance education as a bridge that promotes peace, prosperity, and sustainability.

Areas covered in the Education Diplomacy course include:

●    Education Diplomacy as new diplomacy
●    Foundations for Education Diplomacy
●    State and non-state actors in Education Diplomacy
●    International legal and policy instruments
●    Elements of transformation in Education Diplomacy
●    Requisites for diplomatic interactions
●    The future of Education Diplomacy

Participants who successfully complete the course will earn a post-graduate level certificate issued by ACEI and DiploFoundation.

Participant Profile

Anyone who seeks to engage more deeply in their work through systemic, interdisciplinary knowledge and a greater understanding of diplomatic skills and processes may take the course. Course content will be particularly targeted to:

●     Diplomats responsible for educational exchange as part of a cultural diplomacy portfolio (i.e., cultural attachés)
●     Officials from Ministries of Education or other ministries whose work touches on international education issues
●     Educators interested in learning about international issues in education and the workings of diplomacy as it relates to education
●     Staff of international organizations and NGOs (UNESCO, UNICEF), civil society, and the private sector working on or interested in international education issues
●     Graduate students interested in comparative and international education, international education policy and development, international affairs with a focus on education, international development, human rights

Prerequisites for Participation:

Minimum requirement: undergraduate university degree
Recommended requirement:  at least two years experience working in a relevant field with a strong interest in international education issues

Course Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will able to:

●     Explain the concept of education diplomacy, with reference to both traditional and new understandings of diplomacy
●     Explain how their own field of activity fits into the wider definition and contributes to education diplomacy
●     Describe the forums where education diplomacy takes place
●     Identify and describe the main state and non-state actors in education diplomacy and their roles
●     Identify and describe international policy instruments in the field of education
●     Describe the importance of education diplomacy as a contributor to development and the place of education in the sustainable development goals
●     Case studies will serve as supplementary reading
●     Use the skills of education diplomacy to advance the global agenda and international cooperation
●     Collaborate effectively online

Course Registration

The application process is now closed. The course will launch on 15 February 2016.