Study Visit of Diplomatic School 2016-2017 Programme Students to Brussels and Vienna

Press release - 03/04: Students of the Diplomatic School of Armenia visit EU institutions, International Organisations and Diplomatic Missions of Armenia in Brussels and Vienna.

From 25th till 31st of March, the students and staff of the Diplomatic School of Armenia, led by the Director, Ambassador Vahe Gabrielyan, visited Brussels and Vienna. The annual study visit to the headquarters of the European Union (EU), the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), to NATO and to the United Nations is an important complement to the courses and modules offered in the ten-month Programme in Diplomacy and International Relations offered by the Diplomatic School.

On 27th -28th of March DS students visited the main institutions of the EU, the European Commission, the Council, the European External Action Service and the European Parliament. The briefings and the questions and answers sessions provided the students with an insider's perspective on the decision making processes in the EU.

In Brussels students also visited NATO headquarters where they were briefed by the respective officials on NATO-Armenia relations, NATO's public diplomacy and the organisation's perspective on current security challenges. Students also met with Armenia's Permanent Representative to NATO, Ambassador Armen Yedigaryan.

In Brussels the Diplomatic School visited Armenia’s diplomatic mission and where the students were hosted by Ambassador Tatoul Markarian, who briefed them on the work of Armenia’s Mission to the EU and Armenia’s Embassy to Belgium.

In Belgium, students also visited the long-time partner of the Diplomatic School, the College of Europe (Bruges). There, along with the staff of the College of Europe, they met students from Armenia who had recently enrolled in the institution’s programmes.

In Vienna students visited the OSCE for presentations on the organisation's overall activities, in particularly on its engagements in the South Caucasus, the challenges it faces currently, as well as had the opportunity to be present at a session of the OSCE Permanent Council. The study tour ended with a day on the site of the UN in Vienna and presentations about the workings of the UN, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

In Vienna too, the DS was hosted at Armenia’s diplomatic mission, where the students were briefed on the activities of the Armenian Mission to the OSCE and Armenian Embassy to Austria.

In Vienna the students also visited the Mekhitarist Congregation, one of the most prominent Armenian cultural centres and got acquainted with its activities and its rich heritage.

The study trip to the EU and International Organisations was funded by the European Union in the framework of its continued Capacity and Institution Building support to the Diplomatic School. It was co-organised with a consortium comprising the College of Europe and B&S Europe.


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