School of Modern Diplomacy 2022 (Virtual Training Programme)

United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS) and Diplomatische Akademie Wien – Vienna School of International Studies;
in collaboration with Department of Foreign Affairs of Flanders, Ghent University and the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG/VUB)

22 August – 2 September 2022

The art of diplomacy has evolved. There is no denying that the classic notions of diplomacy – backroom handshakes between decades-long counterparts with a tinge of cigar in the air – no longer reflect reality.

What has taken its place is a modern, multi-level and multi-faceted approach that encompasses all the tools of the international and interconnected global sphere. Effective diplomacy now relies on the ability of a government to engage on numerous fronts and in numerous departments.

This programme, organised by UNU-CRIS and Vienna School of International Studies and in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs of Flanders, Ghent University and the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG/VUB), aims to present the most comprehensive, in-depth analysis of and training in modern diplomacy, gaining insights from practitioners, academics and policymakers at the forefront of their fields and operating at the highest levels, on the different facets of modern diplomacy and how they are being employed the world over to shape ideas, discussion and the world we live in.

How will the new methods of modern diplomacy change the art of it? Educate and prepare yourself for this new age of diplomacy at the School of Modern Diplomacy.

Target group The target audience for the School of Modern Diplomacy is primarily those in the diplomatic service or with aspirations to do so, policymakers, and academics.
Duration 2 weeks
(Monday, 22 August - Friday, 2 September 2022)
Language of instruction English
Tuition fee EUR 1,000


This programme will be run virtually from 22 August to 2 September 2022 between 10:00 - 16:30 CEST (UTC+2) with breaks included.

It includes four sessions of 70 minutes, with morning sessions providing an academic foundation followed by more practical sessions in the afternoon.

There will be several virtual social events, as well as discussion sessions at the end of each day so the group can talk through the main topics and themes of the presentations. Lectures and workshops will address the following topics:

  • Diplomatic Practice Today
  • Diplomatic Skills
  • Public Diplomacy
  • Economic Diplomacy
  • Migration Diplomacy
  • Science and Health Diplomacy
  • Climate Diplomacy
  • Digital Diplomacy
  • Subnational Diplomacy
  • Supranational Diplomacy

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The tuition fee for the School of Modern Diplomacy is EUR 1,000.

A non-refundable deposit of EUR 250 is required within two weeks of acceptance.

Full payment must be made within four weeks of receiving the acceptance confirmation email.

Both the deposit and the remainder of the fee can be paid together.

Alumni of previous UNU-CRIS Summer Programmes (2019/2020/2021), students from Ghent University, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, any United Nations University education programme and the College of Europe are entitled to a EUR 150 discount on the full tuition fee.

Discounts are offered for groups - for more information please contact


There are a strictly limited number of excellence and equal opportunity scholarships available. To be eligible, please clearly state your wish to be considered in a separate paragraph in your letter of motivation, outlining why you believe you should be awarded a scholarship.

The organisers wish to reiterate that these are extremely competitive and very limited in number, and therefore should not be counted upon when applying.

Evaluation & Certification

Participants will be asked to undertake a written evaluation, the format of which will be announced in the week prior to the commencement of the programme.

These written assessments will be evaluated by academic personnel from both UNU-CRIS and the DA, with those adjudged to have satisfied the criteria will be awarded a certificate.

Cancellation Policy

More than 45 days before commencement date: no cancellation charges - deposit lost
Between 45 and 30 days before commencement date: 50% cancellation charges
Between 30 and 15 days before commencement date: 75% cancellation charges
Less than 15 days before commencement date: 100% cancellation charges



United Nations University CRIS
Programme Coordinator

All questions regarding the programme should be directed to the programme coordinator Andrew Dunn ( with Pascale Vantorre ( in Cc.


United Nations University CRIS

Diplomatische Akademie Wien