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CAS Foreign Affairs and Applied Diplomacy

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In a globalized world, diplomacy is no longer reserved for diplomats. Interest groups such as cantonal governments, regional organizations, NGOs, multinational corporations, and even private citizens are all players on the international stage.

The CAS in Foreign Affairs & Applied Diplomacy takes these developments into account. The ‘Neue Zürcher Zeitung’ (NZZ) has called its program “international relations for practitioners”.

The CAS Foreign Affairs & Applied Diplomacy is part of the DAS in Applied Diplomacy, which is still in the planning stages and for which successful participants will be able to earn credit.

New short programs:
In addition to the CAS Foreign Affairs and Applied Diplomacy, the WBK Diplomacy in the Digital Age and the WBK Diplomacy & Information Security are now offered.

At a glance

Qualification: Certificate of Advanced Studies in Foreign Affairs and Applied Diplomacy (12 ECTS)

Start: 18.03.2022

Duration: 3 months (13 instruction days)

Costs: CHF 7'300.00

Comment on costs: 

The price includes course material and networking events during the excursions, incl. accommodation costs in Brussels (3 nights) and Geneva (1 night). Not included are any accommodation costs in Bern and individual travel costs to and from all excursions

Location: 

Winterthur, Bern, Brussels, and Geneva

Language of instruction: German, English
Participants are expected to be proficient in both languages (oral & written communication).

CAS Foreign Affairs and Applied Diplomacy

Objectives and content

Target audience

This CAS is aimed at individuals who work, or would like to work, in foreign relations and related fields. Participants hold, or are planning to hold, positions in public administration and politics (cities/communes, cantonal and federal government), e.g., public affairs officers or representatives of trade and industry associations and NGOs.

Objectives

  • The program focuses on theoretical and practical knowledge needed to operate effectively and convincingly in a globalized environment.
  • Theoretical elements include fundamental structures, institutions, and functional mechanisms of key actors involved in international relations, which are explained and discussed. The program also includes analysis of Swiss foreign policy.
  • Participants acquire practical skills by taking part in simulated negotiations, interactive workshops conducted by experts, and networking events.
"The theoretical and practical knowledge about today's globalized world and its interrelations imparted in this CAS program is unique and a valuable step forward in an international career."

Yvonne Mueller, Staffing & Mobility Coordinator, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) / Participant, CAS Foreign Affairs & Applied Diplomacy 2013

Content

In a globalized world, diplomacy is no longer reserved for diplomats. Interest groups such as cantonal governments, regional organizations, NGOs, multinational corporations, and even private citizens are all players on the international stage.

The curriculum of the CAS in Foreign Affairs & Applied Diplomacy recognizes these new developments in the interdisciplinary scope of international relations at the intersection of business, law, politics, and history.

When the part-time program was launched in 2012, ‘Neue Zürcher Zeitung’ described it, rather aptly, as “international relations for practitioners”. It reflects the diverse, practically oriented curriculum of this course of study. Workshops with business partners and excursions to Bern, Brussels, and Geneva provide ample opportunity for direct interaction with experts.

A review of the CAS Foreign Affairs & Applied Diplomacy is available on the SML blog: Here for the trip to Brussels 2019, here for the virtual visit to Bern 2021.

Methodology

The CAS in Foreign Affairs & Applied Diplomacy is methodologically diverse. Methods of instruction include lectures and presentations, exercises, study of genuine cases, e-learning, and simulation tasks. Another major focus is on discussing and analyzing world events and their key actors. Module 1 concludes with a practical exam, Module 2 with a written assignment (policy brief).

Classes

Part-time course of study
Fridays and Saturdays, 8.45 am to 4.45 pm
Exception: Excursion to Brussels, Thursday to Saturday (3 days)

Languages of instruction are German and English.
Participants are expected to be proficient in both languages (oral & written communication).

“The CAS has earned the slogan “International Relations for Practitioners” (NZZ) because the structure allows a lot of learning by doing. I was able to build up a wonderful network during the course at the various venues."

Maria Multani, Schweizer Luftwaffe / Participant CAS Foreign Affairs & Applied Diplomacy 2018

Enquiries and contact

Provider

Instructors

  • Prof. Dr. Petra Barthelmess Röthlisberger, Dozentin für Interkulturelle Kompetenz, ZHAW School of Management and Law
  • Dr. Thomas Borer, ehemaliger Schweizer Botschafter, Berater Dr. Borer Consulting
  • Khaldoun Dia-Eddine, Dozent, ZHAW School of Management and Law
  • Marco Düerkop, DG Trade, European Commission
  • Dr. Lionel Fatton, Assistant Professor of International Relations, Webster University Geneva
  • Nicola Forster, Gründer des aussenpolitischen Thinktanks foraus, Präsident Schweizerische Gemeinnützige Gesellschaft
  • Greta Gnehm, Head International Relations, ZHAW School of Management and Law; former Diplomat, U.S. Department of State
  • Dr. Florian Keller, Zentrumsleitung Center for EMEA Business, ZHAW School of Management and Law
  • Thomas Kupfer, ehemaliger Schweizer Botschafter in Singapur
  • Harry Landau, Public-Affairs-Berater, ehemaliger schwedischer Diplomat
  • Prof. Dr. Jens Lehne, Abteilungsleitung Business Law, ZHAW School of Management and Law
  • Luca Gobbo, Informationsbeauftragter der Kantone (KdK) in der Direktion für europäische Angelegenheiten des EDA
  • Keith Rockwell, Direktor Informations- und Presseabteilung, World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Dr. h. c. Max Schweizer, ehemaliger Präsident SwissDiplomats - ZurichNetwork
  • Dominique Ursprung, Geschäftsführer Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce (SJCC)
  • Lukas Wegmüller, Spezialist Public Affairs, Klimaschutz Schweiz; zuvor Generalsekretär, Neue europäische Bewegung Schweiz

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Admission

  • Applicants need to be graduates of universities or universities of applied sciences with at least three years' professional experience.
  • Professionals without a university degree may be admitted subject to at least five years of professional experience and corresponding continuing education qualifications (higher technical college or higher specialist examination with a federal diploma).

Admissions are decided on by the Head of Program.

Creditability
Der CAS Foreign Affairs and Applied Diplomacy can, for example, be credited as part of the MAS Communication Management and Leadership.

Information for applicants

Applications are considered in the order in which they are received.

Please also send the following documents for the admission check with your electronic application
(Note: You can upload the documents directly with the application):

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copies of certificates
  • Copies of education and training
  • Letter of motivation (you can send us this either in the form itself or in a short letter)

Start Application deadline Registration link
18.03.2022 21.01.2022 Application

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