Skills workshop


Students of the Master in International Affairs and the Master in Development Studies must complete the following workshops.


Negotiation Techniques

This workshop explores the constraints of negotiating internationally in various bilateral and multilateral settings, focusing on governance and development issues. It addresses the realities faced by negotiation practitioners operating in these forums, including the role of the international negotiators. Students will explore and practice in a chronological and progressively more challenging environment, covering a wide range of negotiation situations, including bilateral and multistakeholder meetings..

Project Management

This workshop introduces students to the skills of designing, implementing and evaluating projects in the international sector. Students will learn how to design a development project based on the principles of Results Based Management and the Logical Framework. They will develop the operational tools required to manage a project and measure its results, and acquire a clear understanding of the methodological and operational issues involved designing and implementing a qualitative evaluation.

Decision Making

This workshop introduces students to the science behind decision-making. Grounded in theories and evidence from psychology and biology, students will become acquainted with a basic understanding of behavioural patterns that affect human judgment and choices. They will understand how emotions, psychological biases and mental shortcuts intervene in decision-making, making us depart from standards of accuracy and rationality. Acknowledging and identifying these patterns are likely to improve judgment and will help students to develop frameworks that enhance performance. This workshop enriches students with key analytical tools to improve decision-making in the real world.

Crisis Communications

This workshop provides students with a methodological approach of how to deal with reputation management of firms and organizations in crisis situations. The workshop follows a five-step process for handling crisis communications, which shows students how to deal with and respond to media, build effective messaging strategies, and identify relevant response strategies. The majority of the workshop is dedicated to simulated real-life situations where the students work through a scenario, are interviewed on camera and receive constructive criticism on how they handled the crisis situation.

Big Data Analysis

This workshop provides students with a basic introduction to big data and corresponding quantitative research methods. The objective is to familiarize them with big data analysis as a tool to address substantive research questions. A basic introduction to big data discusses what its analysis entails, as well as associated technical, conceptual and ethical challenges. Strength and limitations of big data research are discussed in depth using real-world examples.

Students will engage in case study exercises to present a big data concept for real-world situations. This workshop includes practical exercises to familiarize students with the format of big data. The workshop will provide hands-on experience in handling and analysing large, complex data structures. It is designed as a primer for students interested in attaining a basic understanding of big data analysis.

Personal Presence & Storytelling

This workshop will familiarize students with the practical knowledge and tools necessary for showing personal presence at public speaking events and smaller business meeting settings. Through a series of practical exercises, training, feedback and coaching, which will take place outside the Graduate Institute, the workshop will make students aware of the inherent power of their body language, voice and emotions. The workshop aims to help students to bring out their unique personality and build self-confidence, which develops a connection to their target audiences. The workshop will focus on storytelling and personal experiences, and how they can lead to better and more effective communication.


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