Welcome to the Brussels Diplomatic Academy! The place where diplomacy and business meet.

Whether you are starting out on your career in economic diplomacy or international business, seeking to enhance your existing knowledge and skills, or looking for events where you can connect with potential partners, the Brussels Diplomatic Academy has what you need.

Launched in 2013, the BDA provides a range of services to diplomats and business people and those aspiring to become them. With our education and training programmes, our ambassadorial and business events, our lectures, Master Classes, conferences, and so much more, the BDA equips entrepreneurs and their counterparts in the civil service with the necessary skills, knowledge and connections to excel in their fields.

We are proud to be an integral part of the VUB that is nonetheless connected to the real worlds of economic diplomacy and international business. We know we have the expertise and opportunities to help expand your diplomatic and international business horizons. You just need to let us!

 

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Michele Coninsx and Kris Peeters to address BDA Conference

The BDA is holding its annual Economic Diplomacy Conference at De Warande, on the 6th of December,  and this year’s event considers the issue of threats to economic security. We owe our continued prosperity to the daily efforts of thousands of enterprises, who are supported in their endeavours by governments and myriad other organisations. However, …

China’s White Paper offers hope for multilateralism

BDA Chair in Asia-Pacific Studies, Prof. Dr. Kim Van der Borght has discussed the contents of China’s White Paper on China-US Trade friction in a piece in Bangladesh’s leading English-language newspaper, the Daily Star. In this piece, which is part of the Chair’s engagement in constructive public dialogue, he provides a view on how to …

What Trump is doing is very dangerous…

Prof. Dr. Kim Van der Borght, Chair Asia-Pacific Studies of the BDA, recently gave an interview to CCTV about President Trump’s action on trade. According to Van der Borght, Trump’s action on trade is very dangerous, both for the United States and the world community, Trump is attacking the multilateral trading system in a way …

Importance of Economic Diplomacy recognised in appointment of new VUB Fellow Claire Tillekaerts

Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of Flanders Investment and Trade (FIT), today became a VUB Fellow at a ceremony at the Concert Noble in Brussels. Tillekaerts was nominated by the Brussels Diplomatic Academy of the VUB (BDA), in honour of her contribution to Economic Diplomacy. Under her leadership and internationalisation strategy, FIT has become a highly respected …

Chair Asia-Pacific Studies Established at the Brussels Diplomatic Academy

The Brussels Diplomatic Academy (BDA) has established a Chair Asia-Pacific Studies, sponsored by the Aviation-Education Foundation. The Chair, established in March 2018, was created to enhance the understanding of developments in the Asia-Pacific region and to promote collaboration between Europe and countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The Chair holder is Prof. Dr. Kim Van der …