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Executive Diploma in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy

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Multilateral Diplomacy
Web Based
21 Mar 2022 to 11 Sep 2022
Duration of event:
6 Months
Programme Area:
Multilateral Diplomacy
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International Anti-Corruption Academy
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The Executive Diploma in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy is delivered remotely part-time over the course of 6 months, jointly by UNITAR and the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA). Designed as an in-career programme, the Executive Diploma has a compact structure and covers two disciplines, namely, anti-corruption and diplomacy and offers a series of interdisciplinary modules which concentrate on concepts and practical tools for preventing and countering corruption, and diplomacy. The Diploma combines IACA’s expertise in anti-corruption, and UNITAR’s expertise in diplomatic skills to train participants to work effectively in various multicultural contexts, while equipping them the state-of-the-art knowledge in the field of anti-corruption and also constitutes an excellent opportunity for participants from all sectors across the globe to enlarge their network.

The Executive Diploma in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy offers a rigorous, diverse, and innovative anti-corruption and diplomacy curriculum. It reflects academic disciplines necessary for providing comprehensive insight into corruption, anti-corruption, compliance systems, and diplomacy. Students and their employers benefit from both the academic and practitioner focus of the programme.

At the end of the Executive Diploma, students will be able to:

  • Understand international anti-corruption standards and their implementation and comprehend the nexus between diplomacy and anti-corruption;
  • Contribute to the prevention of and the fight against corruption;
  • Understand the impact of new technologies and digitalization on diplomacy and anti-corruption;
  • Interact with and develop a strong network of international professionals;
  • Apply acquired diplomatic skills, knowledge and tools in their respective careers and fields of work.

Participants will acquire knowledge and skills in subjects and cross–cutting themes relating to economics, behavioural science, ethics, law, compliance, diplomacy, international law, digital and cyber diplomacy, as well as essential skills for an international career such as negotiations, leadership, effective writing, public speaking and stakeholder coordination and engagement, ensuring effective knowledge transfer and the immediate applicability of the knowledge and skills acquired. 

UNITAR Modules:

  • Multilateral Conferences
  • Negotiation and Mediation Skills & Techniques
  • Cross-Cultural Communication

IACA Modules:

  • Overview of International Anti-Corruption Efforts
  • Introduction to Ethics and Integrity Management
  • Journalism and the Fight against Corruption: A Holistic Approach
  • Cyber-Integrity and Information Secrurity for Diplomats

The Diploma offers a remote learning experience with a variety of different learning approaches learning methods, including lectures, case studies, interactive sessions, group work, and stakeholder discussions to identify best practices in anti-corruption and diplomacy. In addition, modules are complemented by expert talks on anti-corruption and diplomacy topics.

The Executive Diploma is designed for young professionals, or professionals who are changing their career path and wish to join a governmental organization, non-governmental organization or international organization involved if the field of anti-corruption, IO staff working in economic development or other areas where corruption be a challenge. It is targeted to those who intend to avail an opportunity to study under some of the world’s most renowned experts in anti-corruption and diplomacy, in a participatory and unique international environment, and within a group of motivated and committed individuals in order to deepen their understanding of anti-corruption and diplomacy, and hence adding greater value to their respective careers, organizations and societies.


In order to be considered for the Executive Diploma in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy, candidates must be fluent in English, possess a valid passport or national identity cards and have completed an undergraduate degree. 

After signing up, we will kindly ask you to send to the following documents:

- a copy of your CV
- a copy of your passport
- a copy of your bachelor degree certificate in English
- motivation letter

After reception of those documents, your application will be carefully considered. 


Admission is granted on a rolling basis. However, early application is recommended given the limited number of places on the programme. The application deadline is 6 March 2022.


The Executive Diploma has a total duration of 6 months, part-time.


Students may request to withdraw from the programme. In this case, they shall send an official request to IACA and UNITAR focal points. Full reimbursement of the tuition fees is possible only if the request to withdraw is received by IACA and UNITAR within one month from the beginning of the programme. However an administrative charge of 300 USD will be applied. If the request is received after the beginning of the programme, no reimbursement is possible.


UNITAR and IACA also offer a joint 18-month Master Programme in Anti-Corruption and Diplomacy. Find more information here.

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