Who We Are?

A brief about AGDA

In today’s rapidly evolving global environment, where national security and prosperity increasingly depend on informed and well-connected government leaders and policy makers, promoting the UAE’s interests worldwide is more important than ever before.

To support the mission of the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy (AGDA) was launched in 2014 and has become the driving force in the ministry’s efforts to educate, inform and qualify the UAE’s current and future diplomats and government leaders to represent our country on the global stage.

Strategic direction to be a centre of excellence

A world-class diplomatic academic institute that influences and drives the development of the next generation of foreign policy leaders and thinkers, and plays a dynamic role in shaping the global foreign policy landscape.

To deliver internationally recognized education and training for diplomats to advance the UAE’s foreign policy priorities; and to produce innovative thought leadership that furthers the understanding of diplomacy and international relations in the region and beyond.

The values of AGDA support its strategic direction to be a centre of excellence for diplomatic training and thought leadership. AGDA’s values are embodied by the actions and behaviours of its leadership, faculty, researchers, staff and students.

Strategic Objectives

The UAE has achieved substantial success in the global foreign policy arena, winning bids to host high-profile events such as Expo 2020 and the Special Olympic 2019 as well as being selected as the location for the International Renewable Energy Agency’s (IRENA) headquarters.

Due to the leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the UAE passport is now ranked as the most powerful in the GCC region.

These achievements can be attributed to the passion and leadership of the UAE’s government and policy makers of today. As the Academy continues to grow, we aim to attract top Emirati talent that will help reinforce our country’s global standing and build on its success.

Unique learning experiences

As a world class diplomatic academic institute, the Academy provides a unique learning experience that comprises a blend of region-specific programmes, thought leadership and access to the finest diplomatic minds.

We bring international knowledge, expertise and experience to the UAE to offer first-rate education that prepares our students to deal with the myriad challenges they will encounter in the ever-changing world of foreign policy.

Today, our graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge required to represent the UAE abroad at the highest level and are ready to assume positions of leadership that support the nation’s foreign policy objectives.


What we offer?

Anwar Gargash Diplomatic Academy (AGDA) provides students with the knowledge and problem-solving abilities required to carry out their responsibilities as the UAE’s future diplomats and government representatives.

The Academy’s unique value proposition blends education and executive training with research, and we focus primarily on the relations between the UAE and the world’s nations.

Post-Graduate Diploma

A nine-month full-time Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) in UAE Diplomacy and International Relations for entry-level employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and other UAE government entities.

Master of Arts

Students who take the program on a full-time basis can expect to attend evening classes throughout the week (Monday – Thursday), from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on the AGDA campus as an accredited full-time programme for those with an interest and a willingness to pursue a career in humanitarian work.

Executive Courses

Executive courses for mid-career and senior-level UAE diplomats and government officials in coordination with the Training Department at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC).

Research and Analysis

Research and analysis on issues relevant to the UAE’s foreign policy, produced by AGDA faculty and by leading international experts.


Lectures by high-level speakers from the ranks of renowned diplomats, policy makers, faculty and researchers. Speakers address the most pressing global issues in the field of diplomacy and international relations, and provide the students with access to relevant and informed policy advice.

Interlinked departments

Our three interlinked departments work closely to deliver the strategic objectives of the Academy.

Graduate Programmes

Graduate accredited programmes


Executive Training

Practical training programmes



Foreign policy and diplomacy


AGDA Values

The AGDA model

The AGDA model has been carefully designed to effectively strengthen and reinforce the UAE’s competitive advantage in the international economy and global political arena.

AGDA’s unique value proposition interlinks academic teaching and executive education with research activities that are focused on the specific context of the UAE and the region. We provide our customised services to the Middle East and UAE focused academic community, UAE policy and decision makers and key government clients.

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