(Last updated: 22 June, 2015)

Lunch breaks are from 13:00 – 14:30
Coffee Breaks  from 16:00 – 16:15



Date:  Wednesday, 30th September

Time: 09:00 – 10:00

Welcome and Introduction to the programme.

Time: 10:00 –  12:30

Topic: Small States

Speaker: Dr Alex Sceberras Trigona 

Description: TBA

Time: 14:30 – 15:30

Topic: Introduction to the online classroom (Environment and Climate Change Diplomacy.)

Facilitator: Mr Patrick Borg

Coordinator: Ms Sylvana Busuttil

Time:  15:30 – 17:30

Participants Presentations

Facilitator:  Ms Sylvana Busuttil


The Facilitator will discuss the objectives of the programme and participants will give a short presentation on their country (5mins).

Date: Thursday, 1st  October

Time: 9:00 – 12:30

Topic: Persuasion

Speaker: Dr Biljana Scott

Description: In order to survive in a competitive world, small states need to tell a ‘winning story’ about themselves. This session looks at ways to project a strong image, reverse negative branding and otherwise frame and reframe one’s national interests. Exercises include verbal and visual spin.

Time: 14:30 – 17:30

Topic: The language of diplomacy

Speaker: Dr Biljana Scott

Description: This session promotes language awareness as a means of improving the skills of opinion shapers. Close attention is paid to case studies of treaties, presidential speeches, public announcements, government advertising and media materials in order to link theoretical discussion to practical examples.

Date:   Friday, 2nd October

Time: 9:00 – 12:30

Topic: Competiveness through nation branding: The case of island states

Speaker: Dr Nadia Theuma

Description: A nation brand comprises the images and reputation that a particular country elicits in someone’s mind.  This three-hour interactive session will discuss the importance of branding for Island States and how they can increase their competiveness through nation branding.  The session is divided into three parts (1) the definition of brand and competitive identity; (2) national images and the challenges and opportunities they afford for small states; and (3) how to put competitive identity into practice.

Time: 14:00 – 17:30

Topic: Forum Theatre

Facilitator: Ms Kathleen Parsons and Mr Matthew Bugeja

Description: A three hour workshop inspired by Augusto Boal’s Forum Theatre .This experience will help provide an insight on how different individuals tackle diverse situations. Moreover the space allocated will provide an excellent opportunity for the participants to be more aware of their decisions and actions.

(Please come in comfortable attire and prepare yourself for a dynamic session).

Date: Saturday, 3rd October: Free Day

Date: Sunday, 4th October

Time: 9:30 – 13:00

Topic: Diplomatic Protocol

Speaker: Mr Olaph Terribile

Description: An overview of the main concerns of protocol, with simulation exercises on ceremonies, seating, invitations, name cards, handshakes, dress code, body language, and more. The importance of protocol as a common code of conduct between different cultures and languages is emphasised, and the use of breaches of protocol as a form of diplomatic signalling is explored.  Simulation exercises are included

Time: 14:30 – 17:30

Topic: Diplomatic protocol

Lecturer: Mr Olaph Terribile

Description: Continuation from the morning session

Date: Monday 5th October

Time: 9:30 – 10:00

Topic: Welcome to the MFA by the Minister of Foreign Affairs (TBC)

Time: 10:15 -12:15

Topic: Consular Affairs

Speaker: Mr Olaph Terribile

Description: Every Foreign Ministry aims to deliver high-quality consular services to its nationals around the world.  With more of our citizens living and working overseas, and as the number of those travelling abroad on business or on holiday increases each year, the subsequent demand for consular services continues to increase significantly. The increased threats from international terrorism, natural disasters, pandemics, and political upheavals around the world, are just some of the occurrences threatening the safety of our citizens abroad. Such occurrences call for a greater effort to be made in our contingency planning, including effective communication with the travelling public.

Against this background we need to identify, clarify, and focus on our priorities, so that our consular department can have the necessary resources and expertise to respond to any eventual crisis. Most governments provide consular services of some sort to their citizens but they do not all provide the same services, or services of the same standard. The primary focus of this course is to highlight some of the consular services provided by a Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The workshop will identify how Foreign Ministries respond to consular crisis, and how best to provide consular services to our nationals.

Time: 14:00 – 17:30

Topic: Commonwealth Diplomacy: Commonwealth Secretariat’s Diplomatic work and role

Speakers: Dr Michael Frendo and Commonwealth Secretariat Representative.

Description: Dr Michael Frendo draws on his experience as the former Chair of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group and a representative of the Commonwealth Secretariat will talk about the role of the Commonwealth Secretariat.  Both speakers will discuss the relevance of the Commonwealth, whether a group of countries brought together by a colonial past still has any relevance today and importance for tomorrow?

Time: 19:00

Topic: Across the cultures

Description: Sharing traditions, cultures, food and beverage

Date:  Tuesday, 6th October

Time: 9:00 – 12:30

Topic: Introduction to negotiations

Speaker: Mr Patrick Tabone

Description: A case study of Malta’s EU accession negotiations.  The session considers content, linkage, timing, building a team of experts and generalists, balancing demands and concessions, reconciling EU demands with Maltese traditions, keeping the public informed and on-side.

Time: 14:00 – 17:30

Topic: Negotiations simulation exercise

Speaker: Mr Patrick Tabone

Description:  Simulation Exercise – Continuation of the morning session

Date: Wednesday, 7th October

Time: 9:00 – 12:30

Topic: The Commonwealth and its Heads of Government biennial meeting

Speaker: Mr Giovanni Buttigieg

Description:  The Commonwealth is an association of 53 countries, comprising 1/3 of the world population.  Every two years, it brings together heads of government from some of the poorest and richest, smallest and largest countries; for a rather unique encounter.  What is its significance?  How is it organised?

Time: 14:30 – 17:30

Topic: Environment and Climate Change Diplomacy. Environment and Climate Change

Speaker: Dr Katharina Hone

Description: Participants will engage in a highly interactive online chat on ‘Environment and Climate Change Diplomacy.’ The chat is the culmination of a week of asynchronous online learning using Diplo’s online learning platform. By this time participants will have gained a good grasp of the emergence of environmental issues on the global agenda, sustainable development, ‘new diplomacy,’ the intricacies of climate change diplomacy, the UNFCCC process, and the opportunities and challenges for small states in this process. The chat will focus on the application of these points to current events, most notably the upcoming climate change negotiations in Paris in December.

Date: Thursday, 8th October

Time: 9:00 – 12:30

Topic: Speaking in Public

Speaker: Ms Mary Murphy

Description: Speaking in public is a necessary skill in today’s very public environment. This session will recap on basic presentation skills, eye contact, building a rapport with the audience, marrying gestures to words, and offer tips to deliver concise, effective presentations. Participants will get the chance to deliver an impromptu speech; they will be given effective feedback and coached in how to deliver effective feedback.

Time: 14:30 – 17:30

Continuation of the morning session

19:30 –

Protocol Dinner Simulation

Presentation of Certificates

Date: Friday, 9th October

Time: 9:00 – 12:30

Topic:  Challenges facing small missions

Speaker: Mr Mike Guy

Description: Participants will be provided with an overview of how small states can effectively use their overseas missions to advance their national interests and how to draw on available resources to maximize these efforts.  Through examining case studies of joint representation and small state offices, participants will be encouraged to identify solutions facing Small States in establishing effective Diplomatic Representation by drawing on the programme’s discussions around the role of the Commonwealth Secretariat, the use of Development and Technical Assistance, E-diplomacy and the appointment of an Honorary Consul network.

Time: 14:30

Wrap up Session

Free Afternoon

****Lunch breaks are from               13:00 – 14:30

****Coffee Breaks are from              15:30 – 15:45


The organisers reserve the right to change the course content at its discretion, or to cancel the course entirely should there be an insufficient number of participants.