Delegates on the 100th LSE Executive Education training course for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) graduated on 16 November. The fortnight-long Level 2 Economics for Foreign Policy course was delivered in London for a group of British-based diplomats and members of Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service (HMDS). It was part of a multi-level customised executive education programme structured by LSE for the FCO, and has been delivered around the world for more than nine years.
'Today marks a very special landmark in our training collaboration with the FCO,' said Yury Bikbaev, a Director at LSE Executive Education. 'We’ve been working quite closely with the FCO since 2003, designing a very bespoke programme and delivering it throughout the years in what has reached 16 locations around the globe. We are pleased to be called upon to address the training needs of the UK’s diplomatic service, delivering the latest thinking and expertise in the most pressing areas via our executive education courses.'
The majority of the courses have been delivered in London, but with increasing demands in recent years to train local staff overseas, the programme has also been taken to British Embassies and High Commissions including Tokyo, Beijing, Dubai, Darussalam, New York and Buenos Aires.
LSE Executive Education, part of LSE Enterprise, won three consecutive competitive tenders to design and deliver the training, undertaken by more than 1,000 FCO staff. Participant comments include: 'It is difficult to see how anyone could credibly apply for an economic job in an overseas post, without first attending this course' and 'This course has enabled me to better understand economic policy and report more effectively to London'.
Julius Sen, Academic Course Director at LSE Executive Education, says that 'the structure, content and organisation of our courses have adapted over the years to respond to the changing requirements and priorities of the FCO. In developing this programme we have now found an ideal framework that triangulates economic theory, evolving policy requirements and concerns, and business perspectives. This combination seems to work very well and allows us to focus on topical or dominant concerns as the situation demands.'
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