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CAS Foreign Affairs and Applied Diplomacy

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”.

At a glance

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

Start: 06.03.2020

Duration: 2 months (13 instruction days)

Costs: CHF 7'300.00

Comment on costs: 

The fee includes teaching materials including compulsory reading materials, exam fees, and networking events. Resit exams are not included and will be invoiced separately. Also not included are traveling expenses and hotel accommodation (except in Brussels, where accommodation is included).

Location: 

Winterthur, Bern, Brussels, and Geneva

Language of instruction: German, English

"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

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.

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 2019: To the SML-Blog article

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 5.35 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).

Enquiries and contact

Provider

Instructors

  • Petra Barthelmess Röthlisberger, Dr. Dozentin für Interkulturelle Kompetenz, ZHAW School of Management and Law
  • Dr. Florian Keller, Zentrumsleitung Center for European Business & Affairs, ZHAW School of Management and Law
  • Dr., Dr. h. c. Max Schweizer, Präsiden des Vereins SwissDiplomats - ZurichNetwork
  • Nicola Forster, Präsident und Gründer des aussenpolitischen Thinktanks foraus
  • Khaldoun Dia-Eddine, Zentrumsleitung Center for Middle East and Africa Business, ZHAW School of Management and Law
  • Prof. Dr. Jens Lehne, Abteilungsleitung Business Law, ZHAW School of Management and Law
  • Dr. Thomas Borer, ehemaliger Schweizer Botschafter, Berater Dr. Borer Consulting
  • Roland Mayer, Leiter Bereich Aussenpolitik / Gernalsekretär, Konferenz der Kantonsregierungen (KdK)
  • Dr. Peter Grünenfelder, Direktor Avenir Suisse
  • Harry Landau, Public-Affairs-Berater, ehemaliger schwedischer Diplomat
  • Sabine Seidler, Gesandtin, Deutsche Botschaft in Bern
  • Alexandre Stutzmann, Persönlicher Berater des Präsidenten des europäischen Parlamens
  • Stefan Barny, Director Global Network, Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE)
  • Chris Pallaris, Geschäftsführer i-intelligence
  • Marco Düerkop, Erster Botschaftsrat, Delegation der Europäischen Union für die Schweiz und das Fürstentum Liechtenstein
  • Keith Rockwell, Direktor Informations- und Presseabteilung, World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Dominique Ursprung, Geschäftsführer Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce (SJCC)

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Application

Admission

  • Final diploma from an officially recognized university of applied sciences or a predecessor school (ZHAW; HWV, or HTL) or final certificate from an officially recognized university or technical university (diploma, licentiate, or BSc/MSc degree), as well as at least three years of professional experience at the time of registration
  • or an equivalent qualification and at least three years of professional experience
  • as well as proof of English proficiency (language certificate)

Admission decisions are made by the head of the program.

Information for applicants

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

Start Application deadline Registration link
06.03.2020 06.02.2020

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