UWI Diplomatic Academy Contributes to Regional Corporate and Diplomatic Communication Upskilling

Another 13 Caribbean professionals, including a contingent of Foreign Ministry officials from The Bahamas, have successfully completed The UWI St. Augustine-based Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean’s (DAOC) training module on The Art of Corporate and Diplomatic Communication. Held from 26th to 30th October, this module was delivered for the fifth time. In a historic first, it took place entirely online.

“We are delighted that yet another cohort of learners has successfully completed this training, which provides practical knowledge and skill-building germane to strengthening capabilities in both spoken and written communication,” said DAOC Manager Dr. Nand C. Bardouille.

The module’s curriculum was designed to take account of new trends in the field of study, including some of the pressing institutional communication needs and constraints brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In fast-changing public service and corporate work environments of the digital and COVID-19 age, Dr. Bardouille explained, core communication skills and a sound grasp of new communication trends are in high demand. “The DAOC is committed to contributing to the future success of a cross section of Caribbean professionals through this long-standing, highly specialised training in corporate and diplomatic communication,” he said.

The module was well-received by participants, who underscored that it will contribute to success in their respective jobs and career paths. The group of learners are keen to apply their newly-acquired skills, but also to leverage the module’s learner network.

The cohort hails from three Caribbean countries, including Antigua and Barbuda and Trinidad and Tobago.

Director of the Institute of International Relations Professor Jessica Byron expressed satisfaction that the training module has enhanced participants’ corporate and diplomatic communication skills, calling attention to the imperative of such knowledge and capabilities in the wider context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Byron noted the pandemic’s complex realities, including in the realm of communication, highlighting that “in the age of COVID-19, effective corporate and diplomatic communication skills are more important than ever for Caribbean professionals.”

Long-serving module facilitator Ms. Sharon Welsh—a U.S.-based communication consultant and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University—once again delivered the training on behalf of the DAOC.

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