Who we are?

In today’s rapidly evolving global environment, where national security and prosperity increasingly depend on informed and well-connected government leaders and policy makers, promoting the UAE’s interests worldwide is more important than ever before.

To support the mission of the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC), the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) was launched in 2014 and has become the driving force in the ministry’s efforts to educate, inform and qualify the UAE’s current and future diplomats and government leaders to represent our country on the global stage.

The UAE has achieved substantial success in the global foreign policy arena, winning bids to host high-profile events such as Expo 2020 and the Special Olympic 2019 as well as being selected as the location for the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) headquarters. Due to the leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Internatinal Cooperation (MoFAIC), the UAE passport is now ranked as the most powerful in the GCC region.

These achievements can be attributed to the passion and leadership of the UAE’s government leadership and policy makers of today. As the Academy continues to grow, we aim to attract top Emirati talent that will help reinforce our country’s global standing and build on its success.

As a centre of excellence, the Academy provides a unique learning experience that comprises a blend of region-specific programmes, thought leadership and access to the finest diplomatic minds. We bring international knowledge, expertise and experience to the UAE to offer first-rate education that prepares our students to deal with the myriad challenges they will encounter in the ever-changing world of foreign policy.

The Academy aspires to become the leading foreign policy, executive training and research centre in the Middle East. Today, our graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge required to represent the UAE abroad at the highest level, and are ready to assume positions of leadership that support the nation’s foreign policy objectives.

What we offer?

The Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) provides students with the knowledge and problem-solving abilities required to carry out their responsibilities as the UAE’s future diplomats and government representatives. 

The Academy’s unique value proposition blends education and executive training with research, and we focus primarily on the relations between the UAE and the world’s nations. Our offerings include: 

  • A nine-month full-time Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations for entry-level employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) and other UAE government entities.
  • A Master of Arts (MA) in Diplomacy and International Relations programme. Students who have completed the Post-Graduate Diploma can choose to enrol in this programme. Full-time students can expect to finish the schedule of evening courses in one academic year. Students can also opt to enrol on a part-time basis and take two academic years to complete the programme.
  • Executive courses for mid-career and senior-level UAE diplomats and government officials in coordination with the Training Department at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC).
  • Research and analysis on issues relevant to the UAE’s foreign policy, produced by EDA faculty and by leading international experts.
  • Lectures by high-level speakers from the ranks of renowned diplomats, policy makers, faculty and researchers. Speakers address the most pressing global issues in the field of diplomacy and international relations, and provide the students with access to relevant and informed policy advice.

Our three interlinked departments work closely to deliver on our promise:



To be a recognised centre of excellence for diplomatic capacity development, research and thought leadership.



To build the capabilities that support the objectives of the UAE’s foreign policy by delivering high impact training and disseminating research and thought leadership that furthers the understanding of diplomacy and international relations.



The values of EDA support its strategic direction to be a centre of excellence for diplomatic training and thought leadership. EDA’s values are embodied by the actions and behaviours of its leadership, faculty, researchers, staff and students.

EDA Values

  • Responsibility – We recognise that the EDA is tasked with supporting the UAE’s priorities at the highest levels, and rely on all members of our community to rise to this challenge.
  • Distinction – We strive to provide academic content and research that is highly relevant and unique to the needs of the UAE and the region, and to use applied and active learning principles.
  • Commitment – We are dedicated to educating and nurturing outstanding leaders in international diplomacy to the highest standards of academic accreditation.
  • Collaboration – We seek to collaborate and learn from a diverse range of stakeholders who are interested in the region, including academia, the public sector and the business community.
  • Integrity – We adhere to the highest ethical standards in education and research.
  • Respect – We create an environment where all faculty, students, community members and stakeholders are respected and supported to reach their full potential.

The EDA Model

The EDA model has been carefully designed to effectively strengthen and reinforce the UAE’s competitive advantage in the international economy and global political arena.

EDA’s unique value proposition interlinks academic teaching and executive education with research activities that are focused on the specific context of the UAE and the region. We provide our customised services to the Middle East and UAE focused academic community, UAE policy and decision makers and key government clients.

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