About us

The Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC) is an institution of higher learning with a unique focus on the Mediterranean region.

The Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC) at the University of Malta was established in 1990 based on an agreement between the Governments of Malta and Switzerland. The main mission of the Academy since its inception has been to provide advanced (post-graduate) instruction to junior diplomats as well as students seeking an international career in diplomacy, international and non-government organisations, or the private sector.

MEDAC offers Master degrees in Diplomatic Studies. The academic programme in Diplomatic Studies comprises International Law, International Relations, International History, International Economics and Diplomacy. Language instruction is in English, French or German is another element of the Masters programme. The programme provides students with an opportunity to study and interact in an international setting with students coming from North Africa, Middle East, Africa, Europe and beyond. The relationships developed in the classroom flourish into life-long friendships and professional networks.

MEDAC strives to provide its students with an all-round experience which includes a study visit to Switzerland, simulation of negotiation experiences, visits by international lecturers and exposure to the culture of the Maltese islands.

Each academic year, MEDAC students have the opportunity of engaging with distinguished speakers. Recent keynote lectures were delivered by Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, the Foreign Minister of Switzerland, EU Commissioner Federica Mogherini, General Mikhail Kostarakos Chairman of the EU Military Committee and Mr. Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Ahmed Ouenais, former Foreign Minister of Tunisia. Another prominent feature of the Masters programme is the Ambassadorial lecture series under which Ambassadors accredited to Malta interact with the students. Visits to institutions and international companies in Malta are also part of this unique experience. 

Mediterranean culture and cuisine are also a popular feature of our extra-curricular activities. MEDAC’s annual cultural night is a celebration of culinary diplomacy with students themselves preparing mouth-watering dishes. Guided tours to some of Malta’s finest cities are also organized.

Graduation takes place in a 500-year old church in the capital city of Valletta.

The Masters programme is ideal for those active or aspiring to pursue careers in international organisations, diplomatic missions, public administration, non-governmental organisations or in the private sector.

In addition to its affiliation with the University of Malta, MEDAC has, since its inception, been supported by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malta. In more recent years, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs has established the German Chair in Peace and Conflict Prevention at MEDAC, and the Academy has concluded a partnership agreement with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Regional Programme Political Dialogue and Regional Integration Southern Mediterranean). The Anna Lindh Foundation with its Young Mediterranean (YMV) programme is another recent partner of MEDAC.