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Postgraduate certificate programmes launched in 2014 - 2015

From academic year 2014-2015 onwards, the Brussels Diplomatic Academy will offer full time postgraduate certificate programmes which are the perfect preparation for a career as (economic) diplomat or international businessman. The programmes depart from both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for the future career. This will happen by means of:

-      Postgraduate in Economic Diplomacy

-      Postgraduate in International Trade and Investment

 Course overview (non exhaustive):

-          Techniques of foreign trade

-          International trade law, Multilateral trading system and Trade negotiations

-          International investment law

-          International monetary economy

-          International tendering

-          International economic organisations

-          International business strategy

-          International Trade and Investment Dispute Settlement

-          Investment analysis and Plant location decision taking

-          International investment financing and Project Finance

-          Intercultural management

-          Interest representation, Negotiation and Consensus building

-          Diplomatic protocol for commercial diplomats

-          Country, region and city branding

-          External trade policies (EU, US, China)

-          Country competitiveness studies

-          EU subsidies for enterprises

-          Intellectual property rights protection

-          Double tax treaties, investment and trade treaties

These programmes may lead to jobs in:

-          Economic diplomacy, such as Commercial Counsellor, Trade Commissioner,…

-          Trade and investment promotion agencies, chambers of commerce, business clubs, industry federations, ministry of economic affairs…

-          Political diplomacy, career diplomats like Consul General, Ambassador,…

-          International business: export manager, purchasing or sourcing manager, investment manager, business development manager,…

-          International organizations: WTO, OECD, EIB, ADB, UNCTAD,…

The Brussels Diplomatic Academy is also responsible for the Programme Directorship of the postgraduate programmes of the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies (BICCS) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, being:

-          China Business Development

-          Contemporary China Studies

-          Chinese Business Law

-          Investing in the EU

Our postgraduate programmes are English taught and count for 60 ECTS.

Finally, the Brussels Diplomatic Academy supports the International Trade Executive Programme of ICC Belgium and Belgian Chambers, in which VUB is one of the academic partners: http://www.iccbelgium.be/index.php/international-business-institute.

Please contact us if you wish us to keep you informed: bda@vub.ac.be.