The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS) of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) is the world's leading center for the study of Cultural Diplomacy, offering educational and professional development opportunities for individuals, interested in pursuing further education and careers in academia, diplomacy, government, and/or the private sector, related either wholly or in part to the field of Cultural Diplomacy. The CCDS focuses in particular on exploring the balancing between hard and soft power, the process of globalization in an interdependent world, international economics & business multiculturalism, intercultural dialogue & exchange, human rights, religion, and the ability for culturally based initiatives to further mutual understanding and in turn to foster global peace and stability.
The CCDS programs offer high levels of leadership and provide students the skills to shape their future leadership roles, while addressing the critical issues challenging the world today. The programs provide advanced knowledge and analytical tools for the study and practice of cultural diplomacy and the potential that it has in shaping international policies and global strategies
The CCDS programs are divided into the following categories: Distance Learning Courses, Professional Development Certificate Programs, and Degree Programs in Cultural Diplomacy.
The CCDS Faculty is composed of professors, high profile politicians and experienced professionals from the public and private sectors.
The CCDS’s faculty and advisory members have worked intensively and collectively to design innovative degree programs that provide a unique approach to the study of the fields of international relations, global economics, intercultural relations, art & culture, globalization and global governance. The traditional academic components of a degree in these fields have been adapted to fit in the dynamic, rapidly changing world. To that end, our approach to contemporary global affairs focuses also on the increasingly important roles of soft power and cultural diplomacy in world affairs.
The programs are unique and innovative in their content and approach and offer professional development in cultural diplomacy and related fields. For students with an interest in foreign policy, international affairs, cultural diplomacy, political science, or international economics, the programs provide a platform from which students can gain hands-on experience and high-level knowledge; equipping students with the tools to launch their career even before the completion of their studies.
The CCDS Degree Programs operate under a joint partnership between the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy and leading European universities. The Degrees are all awarded by the Universities, which are recognized as fully accredited institutions of higher education with the right to award university degrees, are part of the Bologna Process set in place by the European Commission, and use the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) to award degrees. The programs provide the students with the advantage of learning in various major European cities and thus the opportunity to gain academic, professional and personal experience from living in different cultures.
The Partners Universities of the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies
The University of Siena, located in Siena, Tuscany, is one of the oldest universities in Italy and, as such, has a rich and intriguing history. Founded in 1240, it is in fact thanks to the university that many of the city's historically important buildings were not lost, as they became used for study spaces and faculty departments. Since its founding, the University of Siena has grown to become home to over 20,000 students and schools dedicated to a variety of fields including Engineering, Economics, Humanities, Philosophy, and Political Science. The mission of the university is to nurture a community of students motivated by a thirst for knowledge and learning, with an attentive and approachable academic staff with many innovative services at their disposal.
The University of Siena boasts modern facilities, libraries, and laboratories, and offers all its students an array of services, including a welcoming session, orientation and continuous tutoring activities, support for disabled students, and career services. Another unique aspect of this historic university is its botanical garden, Orto Botanico dell'Università di Siena, a beautiful space cultivated by the university since 1588 when it began to raise medicinal herbs. The University of Siena's campuses are based in the city, and much of the life of the city is centered around the university itself as almost half the population of Siena attend the institution.
The University of Siena is home to an extremely multicultural student base, due in large part to its active academic collaboration with European and international organizations and institutions. The university supports the Erasmus program, with 300 Erasmus foreign study scholarships and approximately 30 Erasmus placement scholarships awarded each year. The university also has agreements with 72 foreign universities for international Doctorate degrees and 20 foreign universities for international Master's degrees. In order to facilitate the academic requirements of as many international students as possible, the university also offers degree programs taught in English, as well as Italian, and has founded the 'International Place,' an office to ensure international students are fully supported and comfortable integrating into university life in a foreign country. All of these factors are in place to provide the foundation for students to experience a culturally diverse academic environment throughout their time at the University of Siena, thus enriching their cultural understanding and better preparing them for working life in the international arena.
Further Information about the University of Siena is found HERE
Furtwangen University (HFU) is one of Germany's leading universities and recognized for its excellence in the following areas: high quality and innovation in teaching, strong practical focus through collaboration with industry, international focus, applied research, continuing education and lifelong learning, cooperation and motivation, social responsibility and safeguarding of the future.
Furtwangen University's core focus is on science-based, practical education and training. Traditional boundaries between subject fields are removed in interdisciplinary projects. HFU is a leader in the specialist areas of engineering, computer science, information systems and management, engineering management, media, international business and health. The range of courses and programmes is constantly being improved to take account of innovative developments. Our aim is to offer forward-looking degree programmes to talented young people, awarding top-quality, accredited degrees which open up exceptional career opportunities. At the same time, we support the journey our students make towards becoming responsible and competent individuals with the ability to identify and solve problems independently. Additionally, through application-oriented research and academic professional development, our university supports the next generation of scientists contributing to innovation and improved skills in business and society.
HFU supports international education, research and cultural exchange by working in collaboration with universities and companies around the world. HFU develops its degree programmes with a focus on international opportunities and demands and guarantee that they will be recognised around the world. The inclusion of international developments in the course content and the teaching of foreign languages and intercultural skills, as well as the provision of funding for travel abroad, all help to prepare graduates for work in an international environment. The HFU’s international profile is further strengthened by worldwide collaborations and partnerships: study modules abroad; joint-degree agreements; recruitment of international students, staff and professors; and international research cooperation agreements.
Further Information about the HFU is found HERE
Babes-Bolyai University (BBU) is a public institution of higher education which is host to 105 specializations, 1,700 Faculty members, and 50,000 students, and currently offers Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD Degrees together with advanced Post-Graduate studies. The BBU's mission is to promote and sustain the development of specific cultural components within the local, regional, national, and international community, with these components being: • an action-culture based on systematic and innovative knowledge (culture of scientific and technological competence, organizational competence and civil competence) • a permanent and innovative learning culture • multiculturalism, intercultural dialogue, and collaboration between different religions • a culture for personal and moral development • a culture for an active attitude and participation • a culture for personal development • a culture of integration and diversity, and for globalization, respecting identity and reciprocity Babes-Bolyai University, initially conceptualized as a Jesuit College founded by Prince Stephan Bathory in 1581, is the oldest academic institution in Romania which embodies the entire academic tradition of Transylvania. Officially coined Babes-Bolyai University in 1959, but with history dating back to the 16th Century, the Romanian University stems from a long evolution of attempts to establish a site for higher educational studies in Transylvania.
Further Information about the BBU is found HERE
The University of Bucharest (UoB), formerly the Saint Sava Academy, was officially founded in 1864 by order of Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza, and has now become one of the leading higher education institutions in Romania. Over 30,000 students, originating from Romania and a diverse range of countries around the world, attend the University of Bucharest. Since the breakdown of the Soviet model of education in 1989-1990, the University has undergone a complete restructuring and has now expanded considerably. In addition to this extensive variety of academic disciplines, the University has its own independent publishing house as well as over 50 research institutes and groups, including the Institute for Political Research, the Institute for Mathematics and the Centre for Nuclear Research. It also offers numerous summer schools, master's and doctorate programmes in addition to its undergraduate programmes.
The University of Bucharest maintains strong relations with the wider academic community through bi-lateral agreements with over 50 universities in countries including Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Chile, China, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iran, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, the Republic of Moldova, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Slovenia, the United Arab Emirates, USA, Sweden, Russia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and Uruguay.
The University is also an active participant in European programmes such as Erasmus and Lingua, and has been awarded numerous distinctions such as the 2000 National Academic Excellence Diploma, and the 2004 National Academic Excellence Medal.
Further Information about the University of Bucharest (UoB) is found HERE
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