The European School of Economics (ESE), the Crans Montana Forum (CMF), and the World Diplomatic Academy (WDA) have formed a partnership to offer innovative and high-level opportunities for students from Africa and the Middle-East who wish to study International Relations, Diplomacy, Business, and Finance focused on the new South-South Cooperation.

The Crans Montana Forum (CMF) is a Swiss-based international organization which promotes international cooperation, peace, and development. It brings together political and business leaders, experts, academics, and representatives of civil society to discuss key issues facing the world today. Over the years, CMF has become a leading platform for dialogue and debate on issues ranging from economic growth and sustainable development to global security and geopolitics.

The World Diplomatic Academy (WDA) is an international institution dedicated to promoting the art of diplomacy and international relations. It provides training and education programs for diplomats, civil servants, and professionals in the field of international relations. The WDA aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice, offering its students practical skills and knowledge that they can apply in real-world situations.

The Diplomacy and Economics course, which will be offered in partnership with the CMF, is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders in Africa and the Arab World in the field of International Economic relations and Diplomacy. This unique program will include guest lecturers from current and former heads of states, diplomats, and some of the most experienced business leaders and academics. The course will offer students a comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing the world today, and equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to address these challenges.

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“It is evident that North-South Cooperation has reached its limits. It is time to leverage the untapped potential of “South-South” collaboration and capitalize on the remarkable vitality and dynamism of emerging economies spanning from South America and Africa to the Arab Gulf, Singapore, India, China, and Japan. This is the primary focus of the Crans Montana Forum as we strive to empower the youth of today.”

The ESE-CMF partnership aims to educate and prepare the future world leaders and decision makers for their roles on public and private sector stages worldwide. The partnership recognizes the importance of providing students with the tools and resources needed to tackle the complex challenges facing the world today, and to ensure that they are equipped to make a positive impact on their communities and the world at large.

The partnership comes at a time when the world is seemingly facing unprecedented challenges, such as climate change, political instability, and economic uncertainty. In this context, it is more important than ever to ensure that our future leaders are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to tackle these challenges head-on.

This partnership aims to prepare the next generation of leaders in Africa and the Arab world to become effective global diplomats and leaders who can contribute to the economic and social development of their countries and the world at large.

“We need schools of freedom, international environments, practical and multicultural approaches that, in economics as much as in politics, educate a new generation of business leaders, a young ruling class, of practical dreamers able to harmonize the apparent age-old antagonisms: economics and ethics, action and contemplation, financial power and love.”
Elio D’Anna, European School of Economics Founder and President

This highly-specialised course is offered at the ESE Florence centre in Italy, the world capital of arts and culture, in the most elegant and dynamic setting.

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