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:
Polish Foreign Service
Why join us?
2019 AYD Educators & Guests
Secretary General of the Council of Europe (2009-2019), Prime Minister of Norway (2000-2001)
2019 AYD Program
» 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
» Negotiation Skills and Techniques
» Conference Diplomacy and Multilateral Negotiation
» Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
» Leadership Skills
An opportunity to gain valuable knowledge, which cannot be replaced by the best textbooks.
Joanna BurnosInternational Cooperation Representative
Graduate of 7th edition of AYD
At EAD you can count on meeting people with passion, and drive – to change the world for the better.
Veronika GrishelCoordinator of Main Events at the World Youth Day
PhD candidate at Cracow University of Economics
Graduate of the 8th edition of the AYD
I highly recommend the program, a great way to start a career and your path to become a leader.
Adam PustelnikDirector of Investor Service and International Cooperation Bureau
City of Lodz Office
Graduate of 9th edition of AYD
The Academy is an excellent networking platform for all those who share similar interests and wish to improve their qualifications.
Jowita WenciusMinistry of Foreign Affairs of Poland
Graduate of 11th edition of AYD
The Academy of Young Diplomats program is a great introduction to the world of diplomacy. It covers everything from diplomatic protocol to current international affairs.
Aron ThyrManagement Consultant at Ecenea Management AB
Graduate of 13th edition of AYD
Network of ambitious leaders which offers a unique opportunity to grow personally and professionally (…) an unforgettable experience for people willing to change the world into a better place.
Valerian KarchavaII year MA Student of the EU Law
Graduate of 14th edition of AYD