The Mohammed Bin Mubarak Al Khalifa Diplomatic Academy has multidisciplinary particularities that blend diplomatic, historic and cultural stimulations to offer the most suitable environment for people who want to become diplomats, the executive director Dr. Shaikha Muneera bint Khalifa Al Khalifa has said.
The academy through its programs is keen to provide its members with theoretical and practical skills that deal with international relations and foreign policy as well as with written skills, different languages and follow-up during their career in diplomacy, she said.
The academy prepares and qualifies diplomats through foundation programs, starting with the “Foundation Program for New Diplomats”, which provides those working in the diplomatic field with all required academic curricula and diplomatic skills, Dr Shaikha Muneera said. “The academy is committed to providing an intensive training and improvement program for the diplomats before they are assigned abroad. The diplomatic qualification includes the languages of the host countries, training in negotiation and in dealing with the media as well as basic needs that prepare diplomats for their mission.”
All the programs that the academy is currently implementing or will introduce in the future are based on the main needs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, such as training in public speaking and political analysis, which is offered to all levels of staff in the ministry, she added.
Dr Shaikha Muneera highlighted the special care and attention given by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to diplomacy in Bahrain, and his keenness on a sound training of young Bahrainis to become representatives of the Kingdom and its culture and diplomacy in various regional and international forums and to ensure that their aptitudes and capabilities are a source of pride for all Bahrain.
“There is an immense pride with the decision of HM King Hamad to transform the Diplomatic Institute into an academy and to name it after His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak. The academy is an essential part of the integrated progress in the Kingdom of Bahrain, especially in the field of diplomacy, to which HM the King accords great care and attention. The progress of the academy is in line with the requirements of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to prepare new generations of Bahraini diplomats according to the highest international standards in this field,” she said.
The training plans and programs to qualify new diplomats are being developed in accordance with the directives of Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and in harmony with the ministry’s overall objectives, she added.
“HE Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa is keen on creating a rich multicultural environment by hosting influential local, Arab and international personalities with experience in the diplomatic field. We benefit from such an environment by the organization of seminars and workshops that lead to building a generation of aptly-educated diplomats who are able to deal with all forms of work pressure, multiple challenges and various conditions,” she said.
Source : Bahrain News Agency