Special Programs

Courses for Foreign Diplomats
To strengthen institutional linkages, to generate regional understanding and goodwill, and to respond to the needs of neighbors in the region, particularly ASEAN and other countries in the Asia-Pacific Region, the Department of Foreign Affairs opens the Foreign Service Institute training programs to foreign diplomats on a selective basis. This is to provide technical assistance to other countries and to share the Institute’s facilities and knowledge pursuant to either a bilateral or regional agreement and commitment.

The Institute identifies capacity-building programs for foreign diplomats in the area of communications, management and international affairs and diplomacy. It specifically customizes rank-based programs.

The FSI, upon request, conducts the following courses for foreign diplomats: the ASEAN English Language Training Course for Vietnamese Diplomats; the Training Program for Diplomats from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV); and the Training Program for ASEAN Mid-Career Level Diplomats. A preparatory Training Course in English was conducted by the Institute in Timor-Leste. Myanmar and Timor-Leste diplomats occasionally participate in the Foreign Service Officers (FSO) Cadetship Course conducted by the Institute.

Foreign Service Officers Cadetship Course for Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) Diplomats
This cadetship course is intended for junior foreign service officers and aims to develop their capabilities in promoting foreign policy goals, advancing economic and security interests and protecting the rights and welfare of nationals. It also introduces the participants to the structure, objectives and functions of the foreign service.
The course consists mainly of intensive classroom instruction but may also employ alternative learning approaches such as practical exercises, case studies, simulations and educational tours.

Seminar-Workshop on Protocol and Social Graces for National Government Agencies and Local Government Units (LGUs)
This seminar-workshop provides participants with an overview of diplomatic practice, order of precedence and diplomatic ceremony, as well as familiarity with the different types of arrangements for social functions. It includes a simulation exercise that allows participants to apply what they learned during the lectures–from planning and preparation to the actual event.

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