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Useful Free Online Resources for Diplomatic Training

This is a selection of available online resources that could be used by Diplomats (or students on diplomacy) for training. They have been developed by different sources and therefore they are not homogenous.


 Online Lessons   Tutorials




News University (USA) - Is a site with many online courses realised for journalists. The program is a partnership between the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Some of the Modules are useful for Diplomats too (for example on Leadership and Management).


Recommended modules for Diplomats:

Introduction to Ethical Decision-Making

Math for Journalists (same applies to Diplomats)

Dealing with Difficult Conversations: A Guide for Managers and Others

Lousy Listeners

The Writer's Workbench: 50 Tools You Can Use


The courses are organized in Self-Directed Learning Modules. Therefore participants can start and stop whenever they like, progressing entirely at their own pace and going back as many times as they want to review the material. Most of the courses take about one to two hours to complete. 



ISN - International Relations and Security Network (CH) - The ISN's specialized e-learning team was created by the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich. Many online courses are mainly focused on Defence Issues.


Recommended modules for Diplomats:

 English Skills for Staff Officers

  European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP)

  Introduction to NATO

  Introduction to the UN Security Council

  Security in the Information Age

  Terrorism & Its Implications for Democratic States 

Courses are free but need a registration.

The ISN does not issue certificates or diplomas for completed e-learning courses, nor does it provide tutoring for the online courses made accessible through its website.



UNPAN - United Nations Public Administration Network - The main objective of the UNPAN Training Centre is to increase the opportunities for government officials from all over the world to access training materials on e-government.


Recommended modules for Diplomats:

Knowledge Management in Government Organization

Public Administration Illustrated

Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation for MDG Implementation


Courses are free but need a registration.


Open Learning Initiative - Carnegie Mellon University - Freely available online courses and course materials that enact instruction for an entire course in an online format.


Recommended modules for Diplomats:



GIACC - Global Infrustrcture Anti-Corruption Centre - On-line Anti-Corruption Training Module "Identifying and avoiding corruptionin the infrastructure sector" (available also in Italian"





Mindjet - 30-Minute Power Training on the use of MindManager in daily activities to save time. Mindmanager is one of the best software which applies Mindmapping principles.


Meeting Effectiveness
Project Planning
Information Management
Communication & Collaboration


400 free online courses (Open Culture)








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