On May 12-18, 2018 ESD hosted a delegation of 20 state officials from Georgia.
Program consisted of visits to state institutions, informative lectures and training. Each participant of the study visit had also an individual meeting with Estonian colleague in order to compare the practices and to make direct connections. Study visit concluded with a meeting with Amb. of Georgia to Estonia H.E. Tea Akhvlediani.
Study visit was organized by ESD (EST) in cooperation with GFSIS Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GE), financed by SIDA (SWE).
On May 6-11, 2018 ESD hosted a delegation of 12 diplomats from MFA Palestine. One week study visit focused on sharing the best practice of
Estonian experts from the field International Law, Contemporary EU, e-Governance, ICT and Arab and Estonian histories. In addition to the
meetings with Estonian colleagues from MFA Estonia and from the Parliament of Estonia took place where many personal contacts were established.
Delegation also paid a one day visit to Helsinki, to Finnish MFA and to the Mission of Palestine to Finland and to Baltic States.
MFA Palestine delegation:
Ms. SAFFAH MAALI, European Affairs Directorate
Mr. AYMAN NEMER, Asian and African Directorate
Ms. AREIN ALSENAWI, Economic Relations Sector
Mr. FERAS ABUASAL, Protocol Department
Ms. LEEN SHAMI, European Affairs Directorate
Ms. MIRA QATATO, Refugee and Expatriates
Ms. LAILA SHAMI, Economic Relations Sector
Mrs. LINA L. A. NOWARA, Palestinian International Cooperation Agency-PICA
Mr. MOHAMMED HAMDALLAH, Protocol Department
Mr. BASHAR SARI, Palestinian International Cooperation Agency-PICA
Mr. MOHAMMED AMAR, American and Caribe Directorate
Ms. DANIA DASOUQI, Minister’s Office
Study visit has been financed by MFA Estonia, from the framework of the Estonian Development cooperation. Study visit of the diplomats from Palestine is a third study visit of the development cooperation project that consists of study visits from MFA Armenia, MFA Palestine and MFA Belarus.
In the academic year 2018/2019 Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD), in co-operation with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, offers scholarships for young diplomats and civil servants to participate in the training program International Relations and European Integration taking place at the Estonian School of Diplomacy in Tallinn, from September 17, 2018 until May 31, 2019.
– Training course International Relations and European Integration with the value of 60 ECTS credit points starts on September 17, 2018 and ends on May 31, 2019;
– Successful students will receive the ESD Diploma and Academic Record;
– Students from Estonia and from other countries study together. Language of instruction is English;
– Lecturers come from Estonia, other European countries and the United States;
– See curriculum for 2018/2019 HERE;
– The training course includes three thematic modules:
– tuition fee;
– monthly allowance (450 EUR);
– accommodation in Tallinn (incl. utilities and internet connection);
– health insurance in Estonia during the studies;
– cost of Schengen visa and Estonian residence permit;
– scholarship does NOT cover the costs of travel to and from Tallinn.
The person applying for the scholarship:
– comes from a country eligible for ODA (see http://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/daclist.htm)
– is not older than 35 years (when applying);
– has at least a BA degree;
– has very good command of English (speaking, reading, writing skills are required at the advanced level);
– is currently employed by their country’s/territory’s foreign or civil service and has been working there for at least one year (priority will be given to those candidates who work for Ministry of Foreign Affairs);
– is highly motivated to learn about international relations and related disciplines. Priority will be given for the candidates strongly motivated to continue their professional careers within the service of their respective country/territory;
– is hard-working, co-operative and ready for cross-cultural study environment.
The applicant should present:
– ESD application form (downloadable from HERE);
– CV in English;
– Motivation letter (1 page/300-400 words, explaining the reasons for applying, previous experience and how the studies will benefit the student’s future development);
– Copies of university transcript in (unofficial) English translation, i.e. diploma of higher education and academic record;
– Copy of (international) passport;
– 1 passport-sized photograph (to be added to the application form);
– Academic essay (1,300-1,500 words with references) to be written on one of the chosen topics below:
- My three visions on future US foreign policy
- Europe after Brexit
- A new international settlement for the Middle East
- Quo vadis Eastern Partnership?
- Options for the EU and US politics towards Russia after Crimean annexation
– Application documents can be submitted by using Online Scholarship Application System.
– Application must reach ESD by June 8, 2018 at the latest. Skype interviews will be conducted with shortlisted candidates.
– All candidates will be informed by e-mail about their application status at the latest on June 22, 2018.
– Selected participants are expected to arrive in Tallinn on September 15-16, 2018.
– For further questions please contact Kristiina-Maria Ploom email@example.com
On February 26 – March 2, 2018, the Estonian School of Diplomacy had the pleasure of hosting a 10-member Ukrainian delegation in Tallinn for a study visit on International Relations, Security Affairs, and the Eastern Partnership. The delegation consisted of representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament), the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Presidential Administration, and the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine.
During this week-long visit the delegation met with a variety of Estonian experts and enjoyed fruitful discussions on Estonian Foreign Policy, Cyber Security, Digital Society, Energy Security, Lessons Learned from the Estonian Presidency, International Law, NATO and EU Responses to Security Challenges in Europe after the Crimean Annexation, and the Eastern Partnership. The study visit finished with participation in the day-long 5th Annual Tallinn Conference on Eastern Partnership.
The study visit was part of an ongoing joint project of ESD and the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, financed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On December 4-10,2017 ESD hosted a delegation of 12 Georgian Diplomats for a one-week training.
Training consisted of thematic discussions with Estonian experts, visits to state institutions and practical training sessions by former diplomats. Study visit concluded with a meeting Georgian Ambassador to Estonia.
This study visit was the last event of ESD development cooperation project that supported the Georgian Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training Centre at the MFA Georgia.
The project has been financed by MFA Estonia Development Cooperation framework.
From December 4th to 8th, 2017, the Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD) is organising a training titled “International Relations, Cooperation and E-Governance’ to the students of the Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training Centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. The training is financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia from the Estonian Development Cooperation fund.
The five-day-long study visit, and training will gather ten newly recruited students of the Diplomatic Training Centre of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia in Tallinn for a programme of activities, introducing views on foreign and security policy, Foreign Service development, and IT-related experience in Estonia. The programme will foster discussions on international relations, security, e-governance and IT-sector, regional cooperation and good governance.
The study visit aims at building direct contacts, promotes exchange of ideas and interests to build stronger mutual ties and encourage initiatives for future cooperation between Georgia and Estonia.
The project is financed by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of development cooperation.
On November 20th, 2017, within the framework of the project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia and Estonian School of Diplomacy “Support to the Diplomatic Training Centre of the Georgian MFA, 2016-2017“, the Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training Centre of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia started a seminar on “Aggressive State Behaviour and International Law”, conducted by Rene Vark, Associate Professor of International Law, School of Law, University of Tartu. The seminar, running for three days, is held within the framework of the Capacity Building Programme for Diplomats and it is attended by the staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.
On 16 November, within the framework of the project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia and Estonian School of Diplomacy “Support to the Diplomatic Training Centre of the Georgian MFA, 2016-2017“ the Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training Centre in Tbilisi, Georgia hosted a seminar “ICT and Diplomacy”. The Seminar was conducted by Marina Kaljurand, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Ambassador, Cyber Security Expert. The seminar was attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.
On November 17th, 2017, the Estonian School of Diplomacy in partnership with the Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training Centre of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised a one-day seminar entitled “Georgia’s Path towards the European Union: Next Steps after the Eastern Partnership Summit”.
The opening remarks were given by Mr Ekke Nõmm, Director, Estonian School of Diplomacy, Ms Maia Kipshidze, Director, Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training Centre, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The one-day seminar consisted of two sessions. Moderated by Emmet Tuohy, Senior Research Fellow, Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership; Fellow, Eurasia Democratic Security Network, the speakers of the first session were: Vakhtang Makharoblishvili, Deputy Foreign Minister, H.E. János Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, Marina Kaljurand, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, and Kakha Gogolashvili, Director, EU Studies Centre, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies – EU-Georgia Relations and Future Perspectives
The speakers of the second session were Archil Karaulashvili, First Deputy State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Mariam Gabunia, Head of Foreign Trade Policy Department, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, and H.E. Kai Kaarelson, Ambassador of Estonia. The session was moderated by Giorgi Goguadze, Deputy Director, Georgian Center for Security and Development
The one-day seminar in Tbilisi aimed at discussing and assessing Georgia’s endeavours towards accessing the European Union and becoming a full member. The seminar came one week before the much anticipated 5th Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit that will take place in Brussels on November 24th, 2017, where Heads of State and Government from the EU member states and the six Eastern partner countries will look forward to future cooperation. They will also take stock of what has been achieved since the last summit in Riga in 2015, focusing on the tangible benefits delivered to the citizens of the six Eastern Partnership countries.
The seminar was attended by ambassadors and other representatives of the embassies of EU member states, newly-appointed diplomats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives from the Office of the State Minister on European and the Euro-Atlantic Integration, and members of think-tanks and non-governmental organizations working on these issues.
The French Ambassador to Estonia, Mrs Claudia Delmas-Scherer received, on November 2nd, 2017, at the French Embassy’s Residence in Tallinn, the diploma students of the 2017-2018 class of the Estonian School of Diplomacy, accompanied by ESD’s director Mr Ekke Nõmm. Ambassador Delmas-Scherer gave a presentation on France’s main pillars of foreign policy, as well as the French-Estonian relationships.
The Ambassador, with her team of staff, the first adviser to the French Embassy in Estonia, Mr Julien Paupert, the economic adviser, Mr Pascal Millard and the advisor for cooperation and cultural action, Ms Anne Chounet-Cambas, followed the presentation with informal discussions with the students on French culture and relations with their respective countries. The diploma students, mostly diplomats, come from Estonia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Rwanda, Uganda, Georgia, Cameroon, Algeria, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Moldova, Egypt, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Afghanistan.
This meeting is part of ESD’s extracurricular activities for our diploma students, in which the students get to meet with, gain experience from and exchange ideas and views with experts in all fields of international relations, security and diplomacy.