About Academy of Young Diplomats

The Academy of Young Diplomats (AYD) is a top-tier postgraduate diplomatic Program, which empowers a new generation of global leaders, through an innovative year-long training experience, ending with an Executive Diploma in the Art of Diplomacy (EDAD).

Established in 2004, the AYD prepares future diplomats, civil servants and social entrepreneurs for international careers. The Program is known for its world-class faculty, practitioners-oriented approach and a network of more than 3000 graduates from over 60 countries. It is also accredited with the Ministry of Education of Poland.

A selected cohort of approximately 100 promising talents from around the world will take part in over 140 hours of lectures, workshops, practical exercises, study-visits and personal leadership development groups. In the academic year 2020/2021 the program will be conducted in a hybrid format – with 4 online sessions  (December 2020 – February 2021) and 4 in-person sessions organised in Warsaw and Cracow (March – June 2021).

Program 2020/2021 Structure & Highlights

4 Online Two-days workshop sessions (December 2020 - February 2021)

3 Three-days sessions in Warsaw (March 2021 – June 2021)

1 Two-days workshop session in Cracow (May 2021)

1 Full participation in the world-renowned 2021 Warsaw Security Forum

1 Official Graduation Ceremony (December 2021)

3 Specializations: International Organizations, International Security, Polish Foreign Service

140 Hours of hands-on diplomatic training

10 Study-visits to Embassies, international organizations and government agencies in Warsaw or online

5 Meetings of Leadership Development Groups

1 Executive Diploma in the Art of Diplomacy issued by the European Academy of Diplomacy

1 Class network of over 100 leaders coming from over 45 countries

1 Alumni network of more than 3000 AYD graduates from 60+ countries

Specializations – click to discover the classes

The AYD specializations are designed to accommodate the various interests of our participants. The aim of these tailored workshops is to prepare our participants for the career path they chose.

Why join us? 

Unique Methodology & Highest Quality of Education: emphasis on the development of practical skills; carefully selected instructors with extensive experience ranging from diplomacy to international business ; lecturers evaluated on session-to-session basis while working with multinational groups; a number of special guests like former Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Presidents, Prime Ministers, and senior diplomats.

Extraordinary Student Profile & Group Diversity: AYD participants come from over 60 countries; guided by the Program values of global openness, social involvement and professional development; international, diverse network and friendships lasting well beyond the graduation date.

Openness & Collaboration: The European Academy of Diplomacy is always eager to strengthen its cooperation with AYD Participants, both during the Program and after its completion, through assisting with their initiatives, conferences, as well as other activities and the Alumni Club.

AYD 2020/2021 Schedule*

I Online Opening Session 4/5 December 2020

II Online Session: World Forum for Democracy 11/12 December 2020

III Online Workshop Session: 15/16 January 2021

IV Online Workshop Session: 19/20 February 2021

V Session in Warsaw: 26/28 March 2021

VI Session in Warsaw: 09/11 April 2021

VII Session in Cracow: 15/16 May 2021

Warsaw Security Forum (Warsaw): 01/02 June 2021

VIII Session (Warsaw): 25/27 June 2021 + Exam

Official Graduation Ceremony December 2021

*Please note that the schedule might undergo minor modifications.

AYD Guests & Educators

Thorbjorn Jagland

Secretary General of the Council of Europe (2009-2019), Prime Minister of Norway (2000-2001)

 

Aleksander Kwaśniewski

President of the Republic of Poland (1995-2005)

 

Jeffrey D. Sachs

Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General, Professor at Columbia University

 

Radosław Sikorski

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland (2007-2014)

 

Jan Wojciech Piekarski

Head of the Council, Ambassador to Pakistan (1984 - 1989), Belgium & Luxembourg (1998 - 2002) & Israel (2003 - 2006)

 

Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos

PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS

 

Jamie Shea

DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY GENERAL FOR EMERGING SECURITY CHALLENGES, NATO (2010-2018)

 

Dr. Rania Al-Mashat

MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION OF EGYPT (SINCE 2019)

 

Vuk Jeremić

MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF SERBIA (2007-2012), PRESIDENT OF THE 67TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY (2012-2013)

 

Prof. Paweł Kowal

MEMBER OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT (2011-2014), SECRETARY OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS (2006-2007)

 

Dr. Michael Carpenter

SENIOR DIRECTOR AT THE PENN BIDEN CENTER FOR DIPLOMACY AND GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT

 

Hanna Hopko

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, HEAD OF THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS (2014-2019), UKRAINE

 

Dr. Marcin Walecki

CHIEF OF THE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE AND GENDER UNIT AT ODIHR, OSCE

 

Dr Milo Jones

VISITING PROFESSOR, IE BUSINESS SCHOOL

 

Brian Whitmore

SENIOR FELLOW & DIRECTOR OF THE RUSSIA PROGRAM AT THE CENTER FOR EUROPEAN POLICY ANALYSIS, US

 

Urszula Gacek

Polish Senator (2005-2007), Member of the European Parliament (2007-2011)

 

Students’ Opinion

Both online and in-person sessions include the following elements:

» Study Visits – meetings with diplomats, public servants and government officials combined with a tour of the institution they work in.

» Global Talks – a series of lectures which cover current themes in the international arena.

» Diplomatic Practice Simulations – scenario based practical simulations, case study group games.

» Leadership Lectures – Ted-X presentations, followed by Q&A sessions with inspiring global leaders in diplomacy, politics, business and the non-for-profit sector.

» Diplomatic Skills Workshops – offered to all three specializations, the workshops help grow the necessary skills necessary to successfully pursue international careers in chosen fields.

» Specialization Classes – tailor-made to each of the three specializations, the classes offer a practitioner’s view of the most important issues in the field of international organizations, international security, and foreign policy.

» Leadership Development Groups – meetings in small groups (5-6 peers), with monthly assignments. The LDGs help build self-awareness and a sense of purpose – both necessary to develop true leadership potential.

Participants about AYD

AYD Strategic Partners