Delegation from Mozambique Explores Academic and Diplomatic Opportunities

The Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future  and the African Studies Center within the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies were honored to jointly host a distinguished delegation from Mozambique. Led by Dr. Frederico Benito Congolo, Director of the Diplomatic School at Joaquim Chissano University in Maputo, the delegation comprised representatives from the Mozambican Foreign Ministry and JCU. Their visit, which took place on April 12, 2024, aimed at fostering collaboration and dialogue between the institutions.

Before the working lunch, the delegation had the opportunity to explore both the African Studies Center and African Studies Library. This visit provided them with insights into the rich academic resources available and served as a precursor to the discussions that followed. Pardee School Dean Scott Taylor and Ambassador Mark Storella, Director of the African Studies Center, joined the lunch, emphasizing the importance of the occasion.

During the luncheon, various presentations and exchanges took place. Holly Emery, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions, provided an overview of the Pardee curriculum, highlighting its key features and objectives. Ambassador Mark Storella shared insights into the training programs offered by the US State Department Foreign Service Institute, shedding light on diplomatic education in a global context. Ambassador Jorge Heine, whose diplomatic experience includes cross-accreditation as ambassador to Mozambique in the nineties, discussed digital diplomacy and the evolving role of the Global South in international affairs.

Dr. Congolo and Dean Taylor expressed mutual interest in furthering the dialogue initiated during the visit and exploring avenues for future collaboration between the Pardee School and the Diplomatic School at JCU. The meeting served as a platform for meaningful exchanges and laid the groundwork for potential partnerships in the realm of academic and diplomatic endeavors.