Continuing education course in Diplomacy & Information Security
“Diplomacy & Information Security” focuses on the growing significance of data and the need to ensure data security in the context of international relations. It covers the threats and opportunities of e-government and scientific diplomacy as well as measures of international cyberdefense. A field trip will take participants to Vienna, where they will visit the OSZE, the IAEA, the UNOOSA, and the Vienna School of International Studies, enabling them to learn from practical examples.
The continuing education course “Diplomacy & Information Security” 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.
At a glance
Continuing Education Course in Diplomacy & Information Security (certificate of attendance) (6 ECTS)
7 days of instruction, more details about the implementation
Comment on costs:
The course fee includes course materials and networking events during the field trip as well as accommodation in Vienna (3 nights).
Not included is the cost of travelling to and from Vienna.
Zurich and Vienna
Language of instruction:
- German, English
- Participants are expected to be proficient in both languages (oral & written communication).
Objectives and content
This continuing education course is aimed at anyone working in, or planning to work in, foreign relations and related fields. This includes professionals in the private sector and all areas of public administration, as well as trade associations and NGOs. In the past, participants worked in fields such as public affairs, communication, security, as well as compliance and law.
- The course focuses on the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to operate successfully in an international environment.
- Practical abilities are taught by means of media training, interactive workshops with experts, and networking events.
- Participants understand the significance of information security in diplomacy and are able to apply this to practical situations in their individual professional lives.
The curriculum of “Diplomacy & Information Security” focuses on (digital) security aspects in the context of diplomacy and international relations. The course provides practical specialist knowledge of geopolitics, cyberdefense, and e-government. During the field trip to Vienna in the second part of the course, participants visit international organizations, such as the OSZE, the IAEA, the UNOOSA, and the Vienna School of International Studies.
The continuing education course “Diplomacy & Information Security” is characterized by methodological diversity. In addition to their lectures, exercises, practical case studies, e-learning assignments, and simulations, students are encouraged to continually reflect on and interpret current events. The course concludes with a practical exam (presentation).
More details about the implementation
Part-time course of study:
Friday and Saturday, 8.45 am to 4.45 pm.
Exception: Field trip to Vienna, Thursday to Saturday (3 days). Recommended arrival: Wednesday evening
Languages of instruction are German and English.
Participants are expected to be proficient in both languages (oral & written communication).
Enquiries and contact
- Simon Bäder, Team Leader ICT Application Engineering at Flughafen Zürich AG and former Team Leader ICT Support ZHAW
- Pascal Lago, Senior Researcher Smart Government and Swiss Security Policy, Avenir Suisse, Author of “An International Think Tank Report on Security in Europe”
- Dr. Michael Widmer, Dozent für Datenschutzrecht, ZHAW School of Management and Law
- Nicolas Zahn, Expert on Digital Governance, Co-Author of “Making Sense of Artificial Intelligence: Why Switzerland Should Support a Scientific UN Panel to Assess the Rise of AI”
Information for applicants
Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received.
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