Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies
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The Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC) is an institution of higher learning offering advanced degrees in diplomacy and conflict resolution with a focus on Mediterranean issues. For a brief introduction on the courses, history and activities of MEDAC click here [PDF] and click here for the prospectus of the Academy. MEDAC was established in 1990 pursuant to an agreement between the governments of Malta and Switzerland. Since then, the Academy's main supporters have been the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malta. The Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (HEID) was among MEDAC's first foreign partners. More recently, MEDAC has concluded an agreement with the Federal Republic of Germany, represented by the Foreign Office, in turn represented by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and established a German Chair in Peace Studies and Conflict Prevention. Since its inception twenty-four years ago MEDAC has acquired a solid reputation both as an academic institution and as a practical training platform. We are fortunate to count over 675 alumni from 59 different countries who have completed successfully the post-graduate courses offered by the Academy. The EU's enlargement towards the Mediterranean, that included Malta in 2004, and the recent transformation of the political landscape throughout the Arab World have resulted in an ever increasing demand for MEDAC's programme of studies. MEDAC is a member of the International Forum on Diplomatic Training (IFDT) and in September 2010, MEDAC together with the DiploFoundation, hosted the 38th IFDT meeting. MEDAC is also a member of the European Diplomatic Training Initiative (EDTI), a group of EU diplomatic academies training EU personnel, a member of EuroMeSCo, and a member of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN). MEDAC is also part of the Advisory Board of the journal Europe’s World. On May 7th 2014, MEDAC joined the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions, an autonomous OSCE-related track II initiative.