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Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR)
The Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations, or better known as IDFR, is located on Jalan Wisma Putra in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Housed on the former site of the first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra al-Haj’s residence, IDFR has been the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s training arm since 2004. Prior to that, it was under the Prime Minister’s Department since its establishment in 1991.
IDFR offers various training programmes for the Ministry’s officers and officers from other government agencies. These include diplomatic training courses, pre-posting orientation courses, public diplomacy and media skills courses, high level workshops, as well as Arabic, French, Malay, Mandarin and Spanish language courses.
IDFR training programmes are also offered to international participants from developing countries under the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP), as well as from ASEAN, Colombo Plan member countries and Commonwealth countries. These courses include diplomatic training courses, crisis management and strategic analysis.
IDFR also organises public lectures, forums, roundtable discussions, seminars and workshops which are opened for participation to interested organisations and individuals. They normally include government officials, academicians and university students, representatives from think tanks, non-governmental organisations and training institutes and members of the diplomatic corps based in Kuala Lumpur. Among the guest speakers who have spoken at IDFR are Kofi Annan, Haris Silajdzic, Lee Hsien Loong, Nelson Mandela, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, and in the recent months, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Ban Ki-moon and His Royal Highness Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah, Royal Patron of IDFR. His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations delivered a special address at IDFR on The United Nations and Malaysia in a Changing World, and His Royal Highness Raja Dr. Nazrin Shah who made his first official visit to the Institute as Royal Patron of IDFR delivered a royal address entitled Challenges of Global Governance and the New Era of Diplomacy.
IDFR also has the support of a panel of Distinguished Fellows, who contribute ideas and provide support for the growth of IDFR. The Fellows are made up of experienced practitioners and outstanding academicians as well as experts in the field of diplomacy and international relations. They contribute to the Institute’s lectures, publications and other events.
IDFR has also established linkages with various diplomatic academies and training institutes worldwide, including the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Federation, the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy and University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Uzbekistan and with international affairs training institutes of Australia and Thailand. Locally, IDFR is also in collaboration with the Academy of Sciences (ASM), the Institute of ASEAN Studies and Global Affairs (INSPAG), the Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS), the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), Association of Former Malaysian Ambassadors (AFMA), Foreign Policy Study Group (FPSG), United Nations Association of Malaysia (UNAM) and Akademi Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan (ASWARA) as well as the foreign missions in Kuala Lumpur, in coorganising public lectures, forums and round- table discussions on various regional and international issues.
IDFR offers training courses/programmes under the following broad areas of expertise:
· Diplomatic Training
· Master’s Programme
· Regional and Security Studies
· Language Training
Facilities in IDFR
The facilities available at IDFR include:
· Training and meeting rooms
· A fully-equipped library, complete with self-access learning resources
· A fully-equipped language lab
· An auditorium which can accommodate up to 250 people
· A multipurpose hall that can accommodate up to 500 people
· 51 international standard hostel rooms, inclusive of ten suites
· Gymnasium, swimming pool, tennis and squash courts for recreational activities
· Wireless coverage at the meeting rooms, auditorium and also cafeteria