Short Courses

2016

 

Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette - The course was organized in cooperation with the NATO-Georgia Professional Development programme (NATO-PDP) and conducted by George Vashakidze, former Deputy Head of the Protocol Department, Administration of the President of Georgia. The topics  included: history of the origin of protocol and etiquette, the current system of protocol, ways of improving the effectiveness of protocol services, right and wrong practices in Georgia and abroad, general management of visits, official receptions and dinners, etc. Alongside with the MFA staff the course was attended by the representatives from other state entities. 

Global Security: Perspectives for Georgia - The training was organized in cooperation with the NATO-Georgia Professional Development programme (NATO-PDP) in Lopota, Kakheti region, on 28-30 November and it was conducted by Sami faltas, International Expert and Vasil Sikharulidze, the Chairman of the Atlantic Council of Georgia. Topics included: Global security in the context of international politics; Security Levels; Security Dimensions - territorial integrity, freedom, human rights; Who makes and who oversees security policy; Theories of global peace; Collective security, etc. Alongside with the MFA staff the course was attended by the representatives from the various state entities.  

DCFTA:  Establishment and Trade in Services - On November 10,  in cooperation with the Business an Economic Centre (BEC) within the programme “ Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement” (DCFTA) the final lecture on “ Establishment and Trade in Services ” was conducted by Nino Javakhadze, the Deputy Secretary of Economic Council of Georgia. The lecture was attended by the representatives of the following Business and Public sector representatives: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Business and Economic Centre, Export Development Association and others. 

DCFTA: Horizontal topics: Trade regulations in energy sphere - It was the ninth seminar from the series of lectures on "The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement" (DCFTA) conducted within the cooperation with Business and Economic Centre on 28 October. The topic was presented by professor Murman Margvelashvili, Director of Energy Studies, think-tank World Experience for Georgia.The representatives of the following Business and Public sector attended the seminar: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Business and Economic Centre, Export Development Association, Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Georgia and the European Union - During the course lectures were conducted by Mikheil Mirziashvili, Director at the Centre for Development and Democracy, Ketevan Chachava, Director at the Information Center on NATO and EU and Ivane Chkhikvadze, Programme Manager at the Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF). Topics included: History of EU-Georgia relations; The EU and its instruments; Visa-free regime between the Georgia and the EU; Association Agreement; AA Agenda - National Action Plan, etc. Alongside with the MFA staff, the course was attended by the representatives from different entities.

DCFTA: Tariffs and Rules of Origin - It was the eighth seminar from the series of lectures on "The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement" (DCFTA) conducted within the cooperation with Business and Economic Centre on 7 October. The topic was presented by Samson Uridia, Head of the Department for International Relations, Revenue Service.The representatives of the following Business and Public sector attended the seminar: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Business and Economic Centre, Association of Law Firms of Georgia (ALFG), Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Economics and Business, Competition Agency, Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

DCFTA: Technical Barriers of Trade -  It was the seventh seminar from the series of lectures on "The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement" (DCFTA) conducted within the cooperation with Business and Economic Centre on 23 September. The topic was discussed by Giorgi Chitadze, Head of Divison on Trade Negotiaton and Coordination of DCFTA Implementation, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia.The seminar was attended by the representatives of Business and Public sector: Business and Economic Centre, Georgian Farmers Association, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Association on Law Firms of Georgia (ALFG), Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Economics and Business and non-governmental organization.

DCFTA: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues - It was the sixth seminar from the series of lectures on "The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement" (DCFTA) conducted within the cooperation with Business and Economic Centre on July 29. The lecture was delivered by Lia Todua (Environmental Expert, Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia) and it was attended by the representatives of Business and Public sector: Business and Economic Centre, Georgian Farmers Association, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Association on Law Firms of Georgia (ALFG), Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Economics and Business, Association of Business Consulting Organizations of Georgia (ABCO), Association of Young Economists Georgia and Centre of Consumer Rights Protection and Control.

The Implementation Process of DCFTA - It was the forth seminar from the series of lectures on "The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement" (DCFTA) conducted within the cooperation with Business and Economic Centre on July 8. The lecture was conducted by Marine Macharashvili (Head of Division of WTO Affairs and Policy, Department of Foreign Trade Policy Ministry of Economy & Sustainable Development of Georgia) and it was attended by the representatives of Business and Public sector: Business and Economic Centre, Association of Young Economists of Georgia, Georgian Farmers Association, Association of Business Consulting Organizations of Georgia (ABCO Georgia), Association of Law Firms of Georgia (ALFG), Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Association on Law Firms of Georgia (ALFG).

The EU-Georgia Association Agreement with regard to DCFTA - It was the third seminar from the series of lectures on "The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement" (DCFTA) conducted within the cooperation with Business and Economic Centre on June 30. The lecture was conducted by Marine Macharashvili (Head of Division of WTO Affairs and Policy, Department of Foreign Trade Policy Ministry of Economy & Sustainable Development of Georgia) and it was attended by the representatives of Business and Public sector: Business and Economic Centre, Association of Young Economists of Georgia, Centre for Competition, Georgian Farmers Association, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Association on Law Firms of Georgia (ALFG), Georgian Small and Medium Enterprises Association (GSMEA).

Free Trade and the models of Economic Integration - It was the second seminar from the series of lectures on "The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement" (DCFTA) conducted within the cooperation with Business and Economic Centre on June 16. The lecture was conducted by Marine Macharashvili (Head of Division of WTO Affairs and Policy, Department of Foreign Trade Policy Ministry of Economy & Sustainable Development of Georgia) and it was attended by the representatives of Business and Public sector: Business and Economic Centre, Association of Young Economists of Georgia, Centre for Competition, Georgian Farmers Association, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

Euro-Atlantic Security – Georgian Perspective - The seminar was conducted within the cooperation with George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies by Professors of the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies Dr. Matthew Rhodes, PhD of Political Sciences, Dr. Ralf Roloff, Dr. Valbona Zeneli, Program Director, Black Sea and Eurasia. Topics included: Models of Euro-Atlantic Security, Energy Security in Georgia, Aspects of European Neighborhood Policy, The EU and International Crisis Management, Russia in contemporary security system. The seminar was attended by the MFA stuff as well as representatives of other civil entities (Administration of the President of Georgia, Office of the National Security Council of Georgia, Ministries of Defence, Internal Affairs, Economy and Sustainable Development, Corrections, Energy and Agriculture; Government of Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia, Office of the State Minister for Diaspora Issues and National Defence Academy).

Crossing Cultures with Competence - The course was organized within the cooperation with the NATO-Georgia Professional Development Programme (NATO-PDP) and conducted by British experts – Deborah Swallow and Livingstone Thompson. The seminar consisted of two components – Training of Trainers (TOT), which will be conducted on June 27 and 28 at the DTC and the seminar – “Crossing Cultures with Competence” which was held from June 29 to July 1, in Gudauri. The agenda of the programme included the following topics: cultural characteristics of different countries, cultural differences and their influence on international relations, etc. Alongside with the MFA staff, the seminar will also be attended by the representatives of different institutions and by the DTC trainers.

International Negotiations -  The semiar was organized within the cooperation with the NATO-Georgia Professional Development Programme (NATO-PDP) and conducted by Mr. Ron Ton, Director of the Clingendael Academy. Topics included: a competence based approach towards negotiations, distributive and integrative negotiations, preferable individual styles in dealing with negotiations in conflict situations, etc. Alongside with the MFA staff, the seminar was also attended by the representatives of other ministries and the Parliament of Georgia.

Cyber Security - The seminar was held within the cooperation with The Caucasus Academy of Security Experts (CASE). It was conducted by Lasha Pataraia, Director of CASE and attended by the MFA staff and other civil servants. The topics included: Introduction about Cyber Security and Information Security, Global Security Framework, Hackers and Criminal Groups, Legal Aspects of Cyber Crime, Social Engineering, etc.

Deep and Comprehencive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) - The course was held within the framework of EU funded project "Capacity building in International Relations, Georgia". Topics included: Theory of International Trade and WTO, EU-Georgia Association Agreement (AA), Sanitary/Phytosanitary Issues (SPS), Competition, Techical Barriers to Trade (TBT), Intellectual Property Rights and Trade related Energy Provisions of DCFTA.

Training of Trainers (TOT) - Within the EU funded Project " Capacity Building in International Relations, Georgia" the second phase of Training of Trainers was conducted . The seminar was devoted to practical aspects of interactive training.

 

2015

Leadership and Managment - A short course on ,,Leadership and Management” was held in the framework of EU funded project ,,Capacity building in International Relations, Georgia”. Leadership, planning and analysis policy, effective communication, speech writing, media relations, team management and crisis management were the main topics discussed.

International Relations: Transcultural Communication - A seminar for the civil servants from different organisations. Discussed culturul charasteristics of different countries, cultural differences and their influence on the international relations. The course was financed by Georgia - NATO Profesional Development Program (PDP).

Training of Trainers (TOT) - The following topics were discussed: review of training principles and effective communication, review of presentation techniques, determining training needs for different specific groups, overview and discussion on various interactive working forms.

A Political Analyses Georgia - Turkey Relations - The course reviewed the following: Ottoman empire, its geopolitical priorities, crisis of Cyprus, 1980 year revolution, political and economical activation of Turkey in the Caucasus, Georgia-Turkey relations.

The Programme for the spouses of Georgia's Ambassador's - A special programme for the spouses of Georgian diplomats was held in the framework of the annual ambassadorial meeting. It was a cultural – educational programme to encourage the spouses to actively participate in the promotion of Georgia in the countries of residence. Protocol issues, challenges a successful woman faces, Georgian cinematography – past, presents, future, rural tourism in Georgia, Opera and Ballet Theatre – new perspectives and international cooperation, culinary diplomacy.

Negotiation Skills and Process Managment - The course introduced concepts and methods of best practices that are daily used at the work place. The course covered negotiation style and culture of the talks, preparing and analyzing talks, strategy management, making better atmosphere at the workplace using talking styles, protecting organizational interests during negotiation process, obtaining results and process effective management.

The Round Table on "Georgian Conflict Solution Policy: New Challenges Perspectives" - Participants were the staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia invited representatives of the civil society and public organisations.

Customer Service Management - The course about customer service managment developed the customer service skills of participants and consisted of theoretical and practical parts. Topics included visa regulations, specific and fundamental principles of phone communication, meaning of the phone service quality standart.

 

2014

Leadership and Diplomacy - The course includeს the following topics: the policy process in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; policy planning and delivery; effective networking and influencing stakeholders; effective negotiation and chairing meetings; multilateral negotiations; what is leadership; communicating the message; political analysis, briefing and reporting; social media; leadership and team work.

Seminar for "Young Ambassadors" - The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs implements a programme called ,,Be your country's ambassador". The goal of the programme is to support cooperation with young Georgians living abroad and Georgian diaspora as well as to create a network of young foreign friends of Georgia. The programme also aims to share information about the Georgian economy education, culture, sport, youth policy and history

Roundtable Meeting with Students of Vilnius University - Within the framework of the study tour in Georgia, the MA students of the Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University had a meeting with top management of the Departments of Relations with CIS, European Affairs, European Integration and Security Policy and Euro-Atlantic Integration of the MFA.

Media Communication – Press Release Drafting Techniques - The course covers the following topics: structure of a press release and its compilation around the “news”, highlighting “main words”, choosing the title, “focus” – headline, main “message”, the definition and technique of “lead structure”, coordination with other press centres, press monitoring, etc.

The Basics of Diplomatic Protocol - The topics of the course included: history of the origin of etiquette and protocol, the correct system of protocol, ways of improving the effectiveness of protocol services, right and wrong practices in Georgia and abroad, Georgian national symbol and its usage, categories of high and highest visits in Georgia and abroad, general management of visits, official receptions and dinners, etc.

Korea-BSEC ICT Cooperation Workshop -The seminar topics include national information policy, information security, international development cooperation and Korea’s Aid, and ICT services.

Global Security - Participants of the course, along with MFA staff, also included representatives from the Office of the State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Defence of Georgia. The course covered the following topics: definition of security, security studies, theoretical approaches to security, ethics and international relations, key modern conccepts and current issues: ,,smart power", energy security, terrorism and counter-terrorism, international organisations: collective security and collective defence.

Georgia and the EU: Political Association and Economic Integration - The main theme of the seminar is “Georgia and EU: Political Association and Economic Integration”. The seminar covers the following topics: EU institutions, history, EU policy in Eastern Europe, models of regional economic institutions, Georgia-EU relations, Association Agreement, Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA).

The Programme for Georgian Ambassadors’ Spouses - During the programme participants discuss charitable activities of spouses and areas for promotion of Georgian culture (Georgian script and manuscripts, the Georgian language and Georgian language learning resources for foreigners, Georgian table (supra) setting, Georgian wine).

Commercial Diplomacy and World Trade - The seminar coveres such topics as the Georgian economy and economic reforms; economic diplomacy; investment climate and opportunities in Georgia; WTO agreements and their practical application to commercial diplomacy; negotiations on Free Trade Agreements; dispute resolution in international contracts and structuring international business partnerships, and wine diplomacy. The course is implemented under the cooperation framework between the Diplomatic Training Centre and the US Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP).

Crisis Management - The topics of the seminar include: crisis management methods in US embassies, consular and security issues and crisis management case studies.

Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette - The course includes following topics: history and development of diplomatic protocol, diplomatic documents, diplomatic protocol and its peculiarities in Georgia, official events and ceremonies in diplomatic protocol, protocol for official receptions, dress code for different occasions.

Modern Afghanistan – Cultural Diplomacy - The seminar includes such topics as cultural peculiarities of Afghanistan, ethnic groups, political structure, the Taliban, what a diplomat should know when dealing with Afghan people, etc.

Critical Thinking on Dynamics, Objectives and Strategies - The seminar aims to enhance the ability of Georgian public officials and analysts to think strategically about Georgia’s and the region’s competitive position, familiarize them with scenario building and the growing number of connections between and among the state, regional and global actors. The programme is co-funded by the NATO-Georgia Professional Development Programme.

Official Speech Writing Techniques – Practical Recommendations - During the training, participants learn about targeted communication, topic identification and structure of public speaking.

Theory of Conspiracy - The course covers topics, such as manipulation of mass consciousness, communism and cannibalism, the terrorist act of the century, mysterious disasters, total control and so forth.

Personal Data Protection - The course includes such topics as personal data protection, exchange and application on the international and individual levels, the law on personal data.

Bases of General and Personality Psychology - The course aims to familiarize participants with such topics as the psychology of consciousness, altered state of consciousness, personality and behavioral psychology, perception, feeling and emotion, memory, thinking and speech, psychology of relations and social influence.

Standarts of Ethical conduct for US Government Employees - An Overview of Laws and Regulations - The seminar included such topics as code of ethics, acceptance of gifts, conflicting financial interests, misuse of position, impartiality in performing official duties and guidelines on political activities.

Global Security - During the course participants learn about the US special services, state secret service, its ethos and other aspects.

Get Acquainted with Georgia - Within the framework of the programme, foreign diplomats get familiarized with the internal and foreign policy priorities and challenges of Georgia, as well as Georgian history, cultural heritage and socio-economic situation.

Customer Service Management - The aim of the course is to inform participants about customer service management and develop their customer service skills, based on theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

 

2013

Media Relations for Politicans and Diplomats - Topics coveres during the course: work of Georgian and global media and their interests areas, types of interviews, types of formats: live, record, report, programme, discussion; Preparation and delivery of massages, rules to be obeyed while giving interviews, correct and incorrect approaches.

Main Issues of Public Relations (RP) in Public Diplomacy - Topics covered during teh course: Goals, objectives and principles of PR. Ethics and professionalism, five elements of communication, PR and Getting to yes, crisis management, PR policy, identification and resolution of public policy problems, state protocol, international protocol norms and their main requirements in diplomacy, PR and protocol.

Commercial Diplomacy and World Trade - The programme was implemented in two components jointly by the MFA Training Centre and the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the US Department of Commerce. The first component included consultatoins on commercial diplomacy issues held in Washington DC. The consultations were attended by the representatives from MFA and the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development.

Negotiation Methods and Strategies  - Topics covered during the course: Negotiation strategies: external and internal interactions, negotiation preparations, negotiation process management, cooperation based and distributional strategies, conducting negotiations on different levels, role of coalitions. The training programme included theoretical as well as practical learning methodologies, including simulation games.

Assessing Georgia's Strategic Environment and Scenario Planning in Foreign Policy - The programme was implemented in three stages covering the following themes: Assessing Georgia's strategic environment, scenario planning in foreign policy, understanding the future security landscape and contingencies. The Programme aims to raise participants' awareness on the roles and responsibilities of diplomats in proper presentation of the Georgian investment potential and the country's image. It also aims to familiarize the participants with theory and techniques of scenario planning in foreign policy.

Public Diplomacy. Theory and Practice - Topics covered during the course: Public relations in diplomatic service, tactics and strategy of public diplomacy, situation analysis in the host country, identification of target groups, selection of information for dissemination, building stories, dissemination forms and instruments, dealing with aggresive audience and acting in provocative situations, public speaking.

Fundamental and Trends of Modern International Political and Economic Relations - Topics covered during the course: Fundamentals and Trends of Modern Political and Economical Relations, importance of economic diplomacy in modern international relations, external and internal risks in international economic relations, international politics and economy in regard to the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, global security, modern global economy.

International Trade and the World Trade Organization Review - The seminar was conducted within the cooperation with Business and Economic Centre and within the framework of the series of lectures on "The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement" (DCFTA) on June 2, delivered by Ms. Marine Macharashvili (Head of Division of WTO Affairs and Policy, Department of Foreign Trade Policy Ministry of Economy & Sustainable Development of Georgia). The lecture was attended by the representatives of the following Business and Public sector: Business Chamber of Georgia, Association of Young Economists Georgia, Georgian Tourism Association, Association of Law Firms of Georgia and BDO – Legal.

DCFTA: Intellectual Property Rights - It was the fifth seminar from the series of lectures on "The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement" (DCFTA) conducted within the cooperation with Business and Economic Centre on July 18. The lecture was conducted by Nikoloz Gogilidze (Chairman of the LEPL National Intellectual Property Centre of Georgia, Sakpatenti) and it was attended by the representatives of Business and Public sector: Business and Economic Centre, Georgian Farmers Association, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Association on Law Firms of Georgia (ALFG), Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Economics and Business and non-governmental organization “Construction Inspection”.