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Diplomatic Academy

Vision

 

To train and update Singapore diplomats and officials in skills and knowledge necessary for diplomatic and international relations work

 

Mission

 

To design and conduct professional development programmes to train Singapore diplomats and officials


The Academy has developed a structured training programme to equip MFA officers with the knowledge and soft skills needed at various stages of their careers in MFA. The various milestone programmes employ interactive teaching methods such as panel discussions, fireside chats, mock sessions and policy gaming to enhance the learning experience of participants. We tap on the expertise of senior MFA officers, academics, and other domain experts in these sessions. 

 

Administrative Specialist Basic Programme (ASBP)

 

The ASBP is the foundation programme for new Foreign Service Administrative Specialist (FSAS) officers.  It equips participants with the basic skills and knowledge to operate as technical and administrative staff. 

 

 

Foreign Service Basic Programme (FSBP)

 

The FSBP is conducted for new Foreign Service Officers to learn basic diplomatic knowledge and skills.  An overseas field trip is a key element of FSBP.  Participants will see how an overseas mission operations and will interact with local officials and the diplomatic corps. 

 

Pre-Posting Training Programme (PPTP)

 

The PPTP equips officers who are going on their first overseas posting with the necessary skills in tradecraft, administration, consular assistance, and media engagement.

 

Admin Specialist Skills Enhancement Programme (ASEP)

 

The ASEP serves to upgrade and update the skills of FSAS officers. It includes practice-oriented workshops on project Admin Specialist management and social media.

 

 

Foreign Service Supervisory Programme (FSSP)

 

The FSSP equips mid-level officers with supervisory and managerial skills. The leadership and management training module helps participants discover their management style, and learn how to coach and mentor junior officers.

 

 

Foreign Service Advanced Programme (FSAP)

 

The FSAP enhances the leadership and management capabilities of mid-level officers who will be posted abroad as Deputy Chiefs of Mission. Participants will gain a better understanding of national policies through dialogues with public sector leaders and policy gaming exercises.

 

 

Foreign Service Management Programme (FSMP)

 

The FSMP is the apex milestone programme for officers slated to be appointed as Heads of Mission for the first time. It focuses on the administrative and financial management of overseas missions to prepare them to effectively lead and manage their Missions.


Short Courses

 

Short courses, which typically last for one to five days, are designed to enable participants to acquire knowledge and skills over and above the milestone programmes. Short courses are divided into 3 broad clusters of: (a) Knowledge enrichment, (b) Skills development and (c) Leadership development. 

 

Seminars

 

Seminars form an integral part of the MFA Diplomatic Academy’s training framework. Where opportune, foreign guests and experts are invited to speak on foreign policy and international relations issues. The Academy also organises brown bag seminars that are held over lunch. These seminars feature senior MFA officers or officers from other government agencies leading discussions on topical political issues and technology trends.


This lecture series is named after Singapore’s first Foreign Minister, the late Mr S Rajaratnam. One of modern Singapore’s first generation leaders, Mr Rajaratnam set up the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in August 1965 and served till May 1980. The Lecture provides a platform for keynote speakers to speak on topics relating to diplomacy and international relations. Past speakers include President S R Nathan, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Senior Minister Prof S Jayakumar.

 

List of Speakers 

 

 

2017

 

Former President of the Republic of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam

The Domestic Context of Singapore’s Foreign Policy

 

 

2016

 

Former Minister for Foreign Affairs George Yeo

A Sense of Self In An Age of Globalization

 

 

2015

 

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

Choice and Conviction - The Foreign Policy of a Little Red Dot

 

 

2014

 

Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong

The Practice of Foreign Policy for Sustained Growth - The Singapore Experience

 

 

2013

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam

The Invisible Hand of Social Culture

 

 

2012

 

Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security, and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean

New Challenges and Strategies for a More Secure World

 

 

2011

 

Former Deputy Prime Minister and former Coordinating Minister for National Security Wong Kan Seng

Lessons for Singapore Foreign Policy: The Cambodian Conflict

 

 

2010

 

Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Prof S Jayakumar

Reflections on Diplomacy of a Small State

 

 

2009

 

Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew

The Fundamentals of Singapore's Foreign Policy: Then and Now

 

 

2008

 

President of the Republic of Singapore S R Nathan

Singapore’s Foreign Policy: Beginnings and Future

 


Diplomatic Academy Special Guest Programme

 

The MFA Diplomatic Academy invites renowned experts to Singapore to speak to our officers on pertinent foreign policy issues and regional developments.  Guests also meet senior MFA officials and academics from local think tanks to exchange views. 

 

 

Programme for ASEAN Diplomats

 

The Programme for ASEAN Diplomats was launched to deepen ties among junior ASEAN diplomats. Participants attend briefings and discussions with senior Singapore diplomats on topics including regional developments, international issues, and operating in regional and multilateral settings.

 

 

Programme for Foreign Diplomats

 

Launched in 2013, the annual Programme for Foreign Diplomats (PFD) held in Singapore seeks to forge links between junior foreign diplomats and their Singaporean counterparts. Participants also interact with eminent practitioners and academics, who share their knowledge on Singapore and the Southeast Asia region as well as their personal experiences on diplomatic tradecraft.  

The MFA Diplomatic Academy organised the sixth run of the PFD from 7 to 11 May 2018. 31 young and promising young diplomats from all geographical regions were introduced to Singapore’s foreign policy, economic policies, policies on land-use and sustainable development and other issues. They made several site visits, including to the Marina Barrage and the Singapore Aviation Academy.  Participants also let their hair down at a social night out to mingle with their young Singapore counterparts. Besides learning more about Singapore and the region during the one-week programme, participants also forged friendships among themselves and with Singapore’s young diplomats. 

The Academy looks forward to receiving the next group of participants for the next run of the PFD in 2019.  

 
Senior Minister of State for Defence and Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Maliki Osman had a dialogue session with PFD participants on 7 May 2018

Senior Minister of State for Defence and Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Maliki Osman (front row centre) had a dialogue session with PFD participants on 7 May 2018.

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PFD 2018 participants being briefed when visiting the state-of-the-art LTA Intelligent Transport Systems Centre on 8 May 2018  The Centre monitors the real time traffic conditions of Singapore’s trunk roads

PFD 2018 participants being briefed when visiting the state-of-the-art LTA Intelligent Transport Systems Centre on 8 May 2018.  The Centre monitors the real time traffic conditions of Singapore’s trunk roads.

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PFD 2018 participants trying out Singaporean hawker cuisine at Maxwell Food Centre 9 May 2018

PFD 2018 participants trying out Singaporean hawker cuisine at Maxwell Food Centre, 9 May 2018. 

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PFD 2018 participants experiencing first-hand the Aerodrome Foam Tender Driving Simulator at the Singapore Aviation Academy 10 May 2018

PFD 2018 participants experiencing first-hand the Aerodrome Foam Tender Driving Simulator at the Singapore Aviation Academy, 10 May 2018.

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PFD 2018 participants having fun and enjoying Peranakan cuisine with Singapore MFA colleagues from the International Organisations Directorate and the Australia/New Zealand and The Pacific Directorate during the social night out on 10 May 2018

PFD 2018 participants having fun and enjoying Peranakan cuisine with Singapore MFA colleagues from the International Organisations Directorate and the Australia/New Zealand and The Pacific Directorate during the social night out on 10 May 2018.

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Ms Kate Tyrrell, PFD 2018 participant from Ireland, having an informal discussion with Mr Chee Wee Kiong, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at a tea reception after the Closing Ceremony of PFD 2018 11 May 2018

Ms Kate Tyrrell, PFD 2018 participant from Ireland, having an informal discussion with Mr Chee Wee Kiong, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at a tea reception after the Closing Ceremony of PFD 2018, 11 May 2018.

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The MFA Diplomatic Academy constantly improves its training courses and programmes. We visit the Diplomatic Training Institutes of our international counterparts, and participate in yearly meetings of Deans and Directors of Diplomatic Training Institutes. Besides benchmarking our courses and the training outcomes with our counterparts via these visits, we learn from each other and exchange best practices in curriculum planning and teaching methods. These visits strengthen the close ties with our international counterparts.

13th Annual Meeting of Deans and Directors of Diplomatic Training Institutions of ASEAN Plus 3

The MFA Diplomatic Academy, represented by Dean Robert Chua, participated in the 13th Annual Meeting of Deans and Directors of Diplomatic Training Institutions of ASEAN+3 from 23 to 25 May 2018 in Beijing, China. The meeting focussed on “Innovation in Diplomatic Training: New Challenges, New Methods, New Modes”. There was a productive exchange of views on best practices in diplomatic training and innovative training methods.

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Visit to the Devawongse Varopakarn Institute of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok

The MFA Diplomatic Academy, represented by Dean Robert Chua, made a benchmarking visit to the Devawongse Varopakarn Institute of Foreign Affairs (DVIFA) in Bangkok, Thailand on 8 June 2018.  This visit was hosted by Mr Krit Tankanarat, Director of DVIFA. We were warmly received by DVIFA colleagues.  We learned from the DVIFA’s innovative training methods for the learning styles of the millennial generation, and how new technologies, such as video-conferencing, have been integrated in the DVIFA’s programmes.

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Foreign Affairs Executive Programme organised by the DVIFA for senior Thai officials and diplomats

During the visit, Dean Robert Chua spoke at the Foreign Affairs Executive Programme organised by the DVIFA for senior Thai officials and diplomats.  Diplomats from ASEAN+3 Embassies also attended.  He shared his experiences as a career diplomat, and Singapore’s vision for its 2018 ASEAN Chairmanship. The MFA Diplomatic Academy and DVIFA have regular exchanges under the Thailand-Singapore Civil Service Exchange Programme.

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For queries, feedback or just a friendly hello, you can contact us at: MFA_DipAcad@mfa.gov.sg or +65 6379 7925. 

 

Address:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

MFA Diplomatic Academy

Tanglin, Singapore 248163