The Executive Master is a one-year program delivered in English. The program is divided into two parts: the first is a series of online sessions delivered from March to June by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). In this part, the diplomats interact with one another through group activities and simulations. The second part is an intensive, in-person training delivered over the course of three weeks by the Luiss School of Government in Rome.

Following these two parts, the diplomats receive assignments, take-home exams, and a final thesis, on which they work throughout the rest of the year, until graduation.

This unique program involves a combination of online courses, in-presence intensive module in Rome and a final project work involvding leading academic and experts coordinated by Prof. Raffaele Marchetti, Full Professor of International Relations, Luiss Guido Carli.

The Master is structured in the following three mandatory phases:

Phase 1: Online (March-June 2024) 

Managed by UNITAR, this phase involves the completion of the following online courses on multilateral diplomacy:

  • International Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (self-paced)
  • Public Diplomacy in a Multilateral World (self-paced)
  • Conference Diplomacy, and Drafting Resolutions
  • Negotiation Skills and Techniques
  • Effective Writing in Multilateral Diplomacy
  • Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette
  • Digital Diplomacy
  • Economic Diplomacy and Security

Each module will involve a final evaluation.  

Phase 2: Intensive in Presence School of Government – Luiss Guido Carli Rome (July 2024) 

Organised by Luiss School of Government, selected diplomats will be attending a mandatory three weeks intensive program in Rome focusing on:

  • Global and European Security Challanges
  • Europe and Africa: Current and Future Policy Developments
  • Italy and Africa: Current Policies and Future Developments
  • Management of Global and Regional Economic Security
  • Understanding and Managing Global Value Chains
  • Business Innovation and Economic Growth
  • Energy Policies and Management
  • Security Issues Connected to European and Global Trade
  • Cybersecurity
  • Food Security and Sustainability
  • Leadership and Negotiation
  • Public Speaking

Phase 3: Final Project Work (August-October 2024) 

Selected participants will complete a 15.000 words project work in a topic identified at the end of Rome-module. Each project work will examine a specific case study identified by the candidate. The project work will be completed at home office of the candidate under the digital supervision of an instructor identified by UNITAR and Luiss School of Government.

Teaching Method:

In presence and online

Bachelor’s Degree

Starting date:
March 2024

Deadline for application:
25 February 2024

Only diplomats coming from African countries and currently based on their own country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs or posted at AU, IGADD, ECOWAS and SADC can apply


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