Post-Graduate Diploma in International Relations (PGDIR)
The Department introduced a short certificate course known as Certificate in International Relations (CIR) in 2003 which drew enormous interests among the participants. Subsequently, in response to the demand of the participants in the CIR the Department took initiative to upgrade the existing certificate course into diploma programme. Finally, the post-graduate diploma in international relations (PGDIR) was launched in 2008. This course provides a concise but broad-ranging introduction to the subject of international relations, focusing on the close relationship between the evolution of theory and the events of the twentieth century from the World Wars and the Cold war to the Gulf war, the conflicts in Palestine and Afghanistan and the revolution in Information Technology. The overall objective of the post-graduate diploma in International Relations programme is to enhance the understanding of international relations at both theoretical and practical levels. It aims to build academic competence and professional skills among men and women in government, non-government, higher learning and research institutions, consultancy firms, donor agencies and members of the armed forces. Individuals planning to sit for competitive examinations will also benefit from this programme.
The diploma degree is designed for practitioners, academic researchers in government, non-government, and higher learning and research institutions. Junior and mid-level public servants, military officers and executives working for private organisations will also find the degree relevant especially since increasing complexity of issues of present day international politics requires a broad knowledge of the subject, specific analytical and management competencies. The demand for a diploma course in the field of international relations is growing and the existing response is inadequate. To fill up the lacunae, the diploma programme anchored in the scholarly milieu of the Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka, has been introduced.