About AYD

The Academy of Young Diplomats (AYD) is a top-tier postgraduate diplomatic Program, which empowers a new generation of global leaders, through an innovative annual 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.

Program Structure & Highlights

The 2019/2020 edition of the AYD is composed of:

5 Three-days sessions in Warsaw (December 2019 – June 2020)

1 Two-days workshop session in Cracow (January 2020)

1 Full participation in the world-renowned 2020 Warsaw Security Forum

1 Official Graduation Ceremony (Fall 2020)

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

140 Hours of hands-on diplomatic training

15 Study-visits to Embassies, international organizations and government agencies in Warsaw

5 Meetings of the 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


International Organizations

International Security

Polish Foreign Service

Praca w MSZ

Why join us? 

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

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

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

AYD16 Schedule*

06 – 08 December 2019 – Inauguration & I Session

17 – 19 January 2020 – II Workshop Session in Cracow

21 – 23 February 2020 – III Session

27 – 29 March 2020 – IV Session

08 – 10 May 2020 – V Session

19 – 21 June 2020 – VI Session

October 2020 – VII Session & Graduation

*Please note that the schedule might undergo minor modifications.

2019 AYD Educators & Guests

Thorbjorn Jagland

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

Aleksander Kwaśniewski

Prezydent Polski (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)

Urszula Gacek

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

Mona Shair

Founder & CEO, Key2advance, Germany

2019 AYD Program

The Warsaw Sessions include the following elements:

» Global Talks – a series of lectures or panel discussions, which cover compelling and current themes in the international arena.

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

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

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

» Study Visits – meetings with diplomats, public servants and government officials combined with a tour of the institution they work in. In the previous years, study visits in Warsaw included the following institutions: Embassy of the Belgium, Embassy of the Republic of France, Embassy of the United Kingdom, Embassy of Germany, Embassy of the Netherlands, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Royal Thai Embassy, Embassy of the Republic of India, Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden, Embassy of Canada, Embassy of the Republic of South Africa, Embassy of Switzerland, EU Representation to Poland, Community of Democracies, EU Agency FRONTEX, Commissioner for Human Rights Office and many others.

» Diplomatic Practice Simulations 

The Cracow Workshop Session offers a choice of four selected two-days trainings on the topics below:

» Negotiation Skills and Techniques

» Conference Diplomacy and Multilateral Negotiation

» Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

» Leadership Skills

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