The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS) of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) is the world's leading center for the study of Cultural Diplomacy, offering educational and professional development opportunities for individuals, interested in pursuing further education and careers in academia, diplomacy, government, and/or the private sector, related either wholly or in part to the field of Cultural Diplomacy. The CCDS focuses in particular on exploring the balancing between hard and soft power, the process of globalization in an interdependent world, international economics & business multiculturalism, intercultural dialogue & exchange, human rights, religion, and the ability for culturally based initiatives to further mutual understanding and in turn to foster global peace and stability.
The CCDS programs offer high levels of leadership and provide students the skills to shape their future leadership roles, while addressing the critical issues challenging the world today. The programs provide advanced knowledge and analytical tools for the study and practice of cultural diplomacy and the potential that it has in shaping international policies and global strategies. The CCDS programs are divided into the following categories: Distance Learning Courses, Professional Development Certificate Programs, and Degree Programs in Cultural Diplomacy.
The CCDS Faculty is composed of professors, high profile politicians and experienced professionals from the public and private sectors. The CCDS’s faculty and advisory members have worked intensively and collectively to design innovative degree programs that provide a unique approach to the study of the fields of international relations, global economics, intercultural relations, art & culture, globalization and global governance. The traditional academic components of a degree in these fields have been adapted to fit in the dynamic, rapidly changing world.
The programs are unique and innovative in their content and approach and offer professional development in cultural diplomacy and related fields. For students with an interest in foreign policy, international affairs, cultural diplomacy, political science, or international economics, the programs provide a platform from which students can gain hands-on experience and high-level knowledge; equipping students with the tools to launch their career even before the completion of their studies.
The CCDS Degree Programs operate under a joint partnership between the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy and leading European universities. The Degrees are all awarded by the Universities, which are recognized as fully accredited institutions of higher education with the right to award university degrees, are part of the Bologna Process set in place by the European Commission, and use the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) to award degrees.
The Partners Universities of the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies
The University of Siena, located in Siena, Tuscany, is one of the oldest universities in Italy and, as such, has a rich and intriguing history. Since its founding, the University of Siena has grown to become home to over 20,000 students and schools dedicated to a variety of fields including Engineering, Economics, Humanities, Philosophy, and Political Science.
The University of Siena is home to an extremely multicultural student base, due in large part to its active academic collaboration with European and international organizations and institutions. The university supports the Erasmus program, with 300 Erasmus foreign study scholarships and approximately 30 Erasmus placement scholarships awarded each year. The university also has agreements with 72 foreign universities for international Doctorate degrees and 20 foreign universities for international Master's degrees.
Furtwangen University (HFU) is one of Germany's leading universities and recognized for its excellence in the following areas: high quality and innovation in teaching, strong practical focus through collaboration with industry, international focus, applied research, continuing education and lifelong learning, cooperation and motivation, social responsibility and safeguarding of the future.HFU supports international education, research and cultural exchange by working in collaboration with universities and companies around the world. HFU develops its degree programmes with a focus on international opportunities and demands and guarantee that they will be recognised around the world.
Babes-Bolyai University (BBU) is a public institution of higher education which is host to 105 specializations, 1,700 Faculty members, and 50,000 students, and currently offers Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD Degrees together with advanced Post-Graduate studies. Babes-Bolyai University, initially conceptualized as a Jesuit College founded by Prince Stephan Bathory in 1581, is the oldest academic institution in Romania which embodies the entire academic tradition of Transylvania.
The University of Bucharest (UoB), formerly the Saint Sava Academy, was officially founded in 1864 by order of Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza, and has now become one of the leading higher education institutions in Romania. Over 30,000 students, originating from Romania and a diverse range of countries around the world, attend the University of Bucharest. The University of Bucharest maintains strong relations with the wider academic community through bi-lateral agreements with over 50 universities in countries including Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Chile, China, Egypt, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iran, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, the Republic of Moldova, Senegal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Slovenia, the United Arab Emirates, USA, Sweden, Russia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and Uruguay.