On 7 January 2020, in Berlin, as part of a training seminar on the topic The Role and Place of Germany in the System of International Relations, the students of the International School of Youth Diplomacy visited the German Federal Foreign Office.
On behalf of the Office, future Russian diplomats were welcomed by the head of the programme for training international diplomats at the German Foreign Service Academy, Mr. Stefan Biedermann and Advisor to the the German government's Coordinator for Inter-Societal Cooperation with Russia, Central Asia and the Eastern Partnership Countries at the Federal Foreign Office Mr. Rolf Moormann.
Mr. Biedermann told them about the work of the German Federal Foreign Office, together with the goals and objectives of his unit, answered numerous questions from the seminar participants, concerning the employment procedures in the German Federal Foreign Office, challenges of working and career prospects.
The programme for training international diplomats at the German Foreign Service Academy brings together young diplomats from all over the world through participation in professional development programmes in Berlin. The aim of this initiative of the German Government is to achieve a better understanding of the country's foreign policy. This is an opportunity to perceive foreign policy as an instrument for forming the foundations of international cooperation on global matters.
Thanks to the training programme for international diplomats, every year more than 300 specialists from 180 countries of the world have the opportunity to improve their professional skills in matters of global cooperation, as well as receive an up-to-date explanation of Germany’s foreign policy positions by participating in more than 15 different educational courses.
It should be remembered that from 5 to 10 January 2020 a training seminar was held in Berlin for students of the International School of Youth Diplomacy (ISYD). Its tasks were to form a comprehensive understanding for seminar participants on the functioning of the German political system, as well as its current foreign policy. The seminar was attended by 21 students aged 15 to 17 years. Within the framework of the seminar, young people from different parts of Russia got a unique opportunity to meet German officials, politicians, along with outstanding scientists - experts in Eastern Europe.
The specialists of the international non-governmental organization Center for Political Analysis and Information Security developed the concept, and were involved in preparation and organization of the seminar in partnership with MGIMO (University) at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNA-Russia on the implementation of the programme Russian Regions and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The International School of Youth Diplomacy has been operating since 2008. It offers high school students a career guidance programme for admission to the university in the field of international relations, international economics, international journalism and international security.
The work of the School is divided into several on-site training sessions, usually during school holidays. To obtain a Certificate of the School, signed by the rector of MGIMO, it is necessary to attend 3 sessions: Basic, when MGIMO professors introduce aspects of international activity and features of the future profession; Language session, which consists of reviewing lectures and consultations, held on passing the entrance exam at MGIMO; and on-site session, which takes place in one of the diplomatic capitals, such as Geneva, Brussels, Vienna, New York and Berlin.