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Institute Of Diplomacy And International Studies

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  • Conference on Prospects and Challenges of Peace and security in the Region”, Nairobi, 25-26 November, 2010

  • About The Institute(history/ackground)

    The Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies (IDIS) is a regional postgraduate training institution based at the University of Nairobi. Its core service areas include postgraduate training, research, publication,& conferences, a modern language laboratory, a library and documentation service. IDIS caters for the needs of African countries and international organizations, and maintains close links with similar institutions all over the world. The institute also offers Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma, M.A. and Ph.D. programmes in International and Strategic Studies. It has also set up Latin America and South East Asia regional study areas.

    The Institute maintains close links with resident diplomatic community. The latter participate in the Institute's programmes either as guest lecturers, seminar resource persons/participants or advisers in practical aspects of diplomacy such as diplomatic negotiations. The location of the Institute allows it to benefit from large diplomatic presence and international organizations and media personnel in Nairobi.

    The Institute has well developed link with institutions that have related programmes. The Institute has established links with the National Defence College of Kenya and with the Defence Staff College in Nairobi. It runs an MA programme in international studies at the National Defence College and also a Diploma programme in international studies at the same institution. The Institute has enjoyed and continues to develop its historical links with the Ministry of Foreign of Affairs of Kenya. The Institute has also developed links with the United Nations University of Peace.

    The Institute's academic staff includes leading academicians in their areas of research. It attracts high caliber students from all over the continent and thus it provides its students with a rich multi-cultural experience. The Institute counts among its alumni many ambassadors, diplomats and international and regional civil servants. We at the Institute like to think of the Institute as the "small Institute with an attitude". This reaffirms our belief in constantly maintaining the high quality and relevance of our programmes. It also enables us to provide a friendly environment that is sensitive to the needs of our students.

    The Institute is constantly seeking to expand its network of collaborators. In 2006, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UN University of Peace and one with the Spanish Government. The Institute also maintains an active collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya, the Ministry of East African Co-operation of Kenya, the National Defence College, the Defence Staff College, the East African Legislature, and non-governmental institutions such as the Heinrich Boll Foundation and the International Development and Research Centre (IDRC). I invite you to experience the unique world of diplomacy and international studies as experienced at the Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies.