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New Emirates Diplomatic Academy will be 'game changer'

UAE's Minister of State Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber says centre to train next generation of Emirati diplomats will receive students in Sept

New Emirates Diplomatic Academy will be 'game changer'
Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, the UAEs Minister of State.

The new Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) will be a "game changer" in providing the next generation of Emirati diplomats with the skills to promote the UAE's interests on the world stage, according to Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State. 

The academy, which has already recruited academics, researchers as well as local and international diplomats, is now offering its executive education courses and is fully prepared to welcome students in September.

The academy will also look to build partnerships with leading international institutions, a statement said.

The EDA will “develop our foreign policy based on world-class standards that enhance the prestige of the nation,” said Al Jaber, who is also a member of the board of trustees of EDA. 

“Our leadership places the highest importance in a credible and positive foreign policy, which has contributed to building the goodwill and national thought leadership of the UAE globally,” said Al Jaber.  

He said the UAE has accomplished several milestones in its foreign relations recently including winning the bid to host the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) headquarters in Abu Dhabi and the bid to host the World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

Another diplomatic triumph was the decision of the European Union to exempt UAE citizens from Schengen visa requirements, he said.

Al Jaber added: “The academy’s goal is to develop a competent national workforce that is specialised in diplomatic studies. The executive training programmes at EDA are based on advanced scientific and research methodologies that enable Emirati professionals to be part of UAE’s diplomatic corps and foster positive relations with the international community.”

The EDA will adopt international best practices to train the country's diplomatic corps as well as employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and students from various other ministries and government entities.