Welcome to the Brussels Diplomatic Academy!

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.

Our alumni have described our programmes as follows: ‘…sophisticated programme’ … ‘outstanding teaching’ ‘…a unique value proposition in comparison to other universities’ … ‘high calibre, experienced lecturers combined with the small group teaching method’… ‘a valuable choice for a solid future in Diplomacy and International Trade’…’I can only highly recommend this programme’.

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 webinars, lectures, conferences and executive trainings, 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!

The Brussels Diplomatic Academy, where diplomacy and business meet!


Don’t let energy crises render you powerless!

Sustainable energy transition is possible. Follow the BDA Energy Transition Diplomacy course 17-19 April 2023 12-hour programme Practical training to build viable solutions Actors, Instruments, Industries and Technologies of Energy Transition Electrification Energy Security and Energy Diplomacy Climate Diplomacy Energy Transition Diplomacy Negotiation Game The course is being given by Dr Urban Rusnak. Full details …

Join us at the VUB Open Day!

Come and hear about the BDA programmes this Sunday! We are giving a presentation at 11 am in room 001 of I(i) building, and from 12-3 pm you can drop in for a chat in room 103 of I(i) building. We look forward to seeing you there! Register here.

What is diplomacy for?

Join Ambassador Johan Verbeke in conversation with Prof. Dr. Cailin Mackenzie 7 December 2022 2.30-4.30 pm Brussels Press Club 95 rue Froissart Join us to hear from Johan Verbeke, former Ambassador of Belgium and  Special Representative of the UN Secretary General. This eminent diplomat’s final postings as Ambassador were in New York, where he represented …

Energy Transition Diplomacy – where next?

Energy Transition Diplomacy – addressing shortcomings of the external dimension of European Energy and Climate Policies with Amb. Dr Urban Rusnák Join the Brussels Diplomatic Academy and the Belgian Branch of the International Law Association in conversation with Amb. Dr Urban Rusnák as he discusses how, despite all its efforts and regulations adopted over the …