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Centre for Languages and Cultural Diplomacy (CLCD)

The Centre for Languages and Cultural Diplomacy (CLCD)’s focus is two-fold, as reflected in its name, Language and Cultural Diplomacy. The Centre continues to offer language courses, which focuses on English Language for Diplomacy and Foreign Languages, namely, Arabic, Spanish, Mandarin and French. Additionally, Conversational Malay Language is offered to the international diplomats based in Kuala Lumpur. The element of culture is embedded in all the languages taught as to expose the course participants to the various aspects, influence, and connection of culture in language learning.

Cultural Diplomacy, an area which is newly introduced by IDFR as one of its subject-matter focuses, is the Centre’s novel addition. Features and facets of cultural diplomacy are brought together through training courses and intellectual discourses. The depth of the subject-matter is further strengthened by research projects. Through these efforts, IDFR aspires to contribute substantively in the area of cultural diplomacy in deliberating, exposing, and exploring the intertwining elements in culture and diplomacy. Currently, more focus is given to cultural diplomacy within ASEAN, and how it is fitting in the overall depiction of modern diplomacy and international affairs.

CLCD’s establishment is rooted in its primary objective: assisting, preparing, and supporting our participants to succeed in the global community.

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