The Diplomatic Academy Odesa Regional Office was opened in February 2019 as a result of DAU’s efforts to develop professional networks of diplomats and civil servants involved in the sphere of external affairs and international relations both on the central and regional levels.
Odesa, Ukraine’s largest sea-port hosting HQ of the Ukrainian Naval Forces, Coast Guard Command, and Southern Regional Command of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, with its close proximity to the temporarily occupied Crimea and strategically important cities on the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, was chosen as a location for the opening of the first regional office of DAU in order to boost its organizational development and reform as a not-only government-centric institution but also as the one with a regional dimension.
Currently, the activities of the DAU Regional Office are focused on providing professional training for diplomats, local authorities and civil servants engaged in the sphere of national security and foreign policymaking, as well as networking with the leading universities, think-tanks, and public institutions in the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine.
So far, DAU has signed MoU with Odesa I. Mechnikov National University, Odesa Regional Institute for Public Administration under the President of Ukraine, and Odesa State University of Internal Affairs. There is also extensive cooperation with the Navy HQ, Coast Guard Command, and Southern Regional Command of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, offices of the National Institute for Strategic Studies in Odesa and Kherson, leading think-tanks and research centers in the southern regions of Ukraine.
The DAU Regional Office in Odesa also acts as a platform for informal expert discussions, conferences, and round tables on the major issues of Ukraine’s national security and foreign policy agenda with the participation of political experts, opinion leaders, and members of the diplomatic corps. It is also the main organizer of the week-long intensive DAOS seminar (Diplomatic Academy Odesa Seminar) for diplomats of Ukrainian MFA and other civil servants working in the sphere of international relations and foreign policy.
The Regional Office of the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine in Odesa is located at Otradna Str. 3, Odesa; e-mail: [email protected].
Ms. Darya Astashenkova
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