Applications Open for BDA Programmes!

Apply now for the September Intake! The Brussels Diplomatic Academy Postgraduate Certificate Programmes in Economic Diplomacy, International Trade and Investment, and Economic Diplomacy and International Business, prepare graduates for the labour market and further professional growth by providing unique comprehensive curricula taught by practitioners to university standard. The programme flexibility allows students to follow the …

Europe in the World

Join the BDA for the second conversation in the three-part series examining this era of crises. On the 6th of June, Sir Michael Leigh and Ambassador Dr. Len Ishmael will be discussing EUROPE IN THE WORLD, Balancing Values, Geopolitics and Geoeconomics in a Fragmenting World, WHAT ROLE FOR EUROPE?   This event will explore how …

Watch the BDA Conversation on the Russia – Ukraine War

The first conversation in a new BDA three-part series examining the war in Ukraine and its implications for the took place on April 30th at the Press Club in Brussels. Considering the question: The Russia – Ukraine War: Prisms of Conflict in a Fragmenting World, How Does This End? Dr. Vladimir Zherebov Head of the …

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International Audience Warmly Welcomes Launch of the VUB’s Brussels Diplomatic Academy’s House of Diplomacy

11 December 2023 The Brussels Diplomatic Academy (BDA) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) today launched its House of Diplomacy at a stylish event held at De Warande, near the Royal Palace in Brussels. The launch, held 10 years to the day of the launch of the BDA itself, was attended by members of the …

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BDA signs Letter of Intent with FICAC

The Brussels Diplomatic Academy (BDA) is pleased to announce the signing of a Letter of Intent between the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Fédération Internationale des Corps et Associations Consulaires (FICAC), on October 17th, 2023. The signing ceremony took place at the VUB Rector’s office with Rector Jan Danckaert,  and President Emeritus Dr. Aykut Eken …

BDA celebrates new graduates

The Brussels Diplomatic Academy Graduation Ceremony took place at the Brussels Parliament on the 12th of October in the presence of friends and family of the graduates, many of whom had travelled from outside Belgium, as well BDA teachers and Heads of Expert Groups. Graduates in Economic Diplomacy or International Trade and Investment received their …

Online registration still open! Energy Transition Diplomacy – it’s everyone’s business!

The climate affects everyone. Energy affects everyone. Economies affect everyone. And climate, energy and economies affect each other. Understanding those effects and finding sustainable solutions to the crises they produce is essential, it is everyone’s business and it can’t be left to vested interests and specialist stakeholders. In only three afternoons the BDA training in …

Amb. Michiel Maertens speaks to Flemish diplomatic trainees

On 2 June Michiel K Maertens, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Denmark, addressed diplomatic trainees of the Flemish government in a session provided by the Brussels Diplomatic Academy. He shared insights, encouragement, guidance and gentle warnings, in a relaxed and informative round off to this stage of their diplomatic training. This was the …

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 …

War in Europe: Sanctions and the Financial Architecture

War in Europe Sanctions & the Global Financial Architecture The BDA is pleased to invite you to an in-person event at the PRESS CLUB, Brussels, on May 16, 2022. 17-19.00 Speaker Mr. Bernard Siman, Head Financial Diplomacy & Fintech Brussels Diplomatic Academy Host Dr. Len Ishmael Global Affairs BDA. Senior Fellow Policy Center for the …

War in Europe – Sanctions and Effects

War in Europe Sanctions & Effects on the Global Economy, Business & Multilateral Institutions The BDA is pleased to invite you to an in-person event at the PRESS CLUB, Brussels, on April 26, 2022, 17.00-19.00 Speaker Mr. Kevin Verbelen Company Lawyer & Expert International trade Agoria and Head International Organisations Expert Group of the Brussels …