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!

Please note: the application system will be offline until the 7th of May. The deadline for applications for postgraduate programmes has been extended to the 21st of June 2018! Email cailin.mackenzie@vub.be if you have questions about the programme or your application.


Don’t miss the BDA/Dentons Roundtable on Merger Control Rules

The purpose of this Roundtable is to discuss the latest developments on merger control rules in the international legal landscape. In particular, a keynote speech will be given by Mr. Jacques Steenbergen, followed by presentations by members of the Dentons Brussels and Amsterdam office on merger control rules and recent developments in their jurisdiction. Mr. …

Apply now for a BDA Postgraduate Programme!

Do you have an interest in economic diplomacy or international business, or even both? The Brussels Diplomatic Academy postgraduate programmes provide education and training in all of them. Our specialised curricula have been developed by those who have worked in these fields and who understand the importance of a good academic and practical educational background. …

BDA Expert: No ‘effective measures’ available on Iran

Prof. Dr. Kim Van der Borght, BDA Chair of Asia-Pacific Studies, has described how companies are starting to withdraw from doing business with Iran or are postponing their activities, following the US decision to withdraw from the JCPOA. According to Van der Borght, these actions reflect the reality that there are no effective measures available …

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 …