The Department of Diplomacy and International Studies (DDIS) is a bi-lingual, multidisciplinary and international teaching, research and training institute based at the University of Nairobi. Its core mandates include undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training. It also engages in research, publications and conferencing. It attracts students not only from Kenya, but Africa region and the world; has global reach in its partnership collaborations. It has hostel facilities for foreign students and researchers. DDIS has thus become a leading regional and international center of excellence in diplomacy and international studies training and research.
DDIS is a leading regional postgraduate training institution based at the University of Nairobi.
Its core service areas include postgraduate training, research, publication, seminars & conferences, a modern language laboratory, a library, and documentation services. Furthermore, DDIS caters to the needs of African countries and international organizations and maintains close links with similar institutions all over the world. The department offers Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma, B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. programs in International and Strategic Studies. It has also set up Latin America and South East Asia regional study areas.
The Department's academic staff includes highly qualified Scholars in their areas of research and teaching. Some of them have the added advantage of having previously served in Ambassadorial and other high-level leadership positions internationally and in the Africa region.
DDIS programs are in high demand due to the high quality and relevance of our programs. We provide a user-friendly environment that is sensitive to the needs of our students. DDIS attracts high-caliber students from all over the African Continent; thus providing its students with a rich multi-cultural experience. The Department also counts among its alumni many ambassadors, diplomats, and international and regional civil servants. This reaffirms our basic philosophy and belief at the DDIS: that the “sky is the limit” in our constant pursuit of academic excellence.
The Department maintains close links with the resident diplomatic community. The latter participate in the Department's programs either as guest lecturers, seminar resource persons/participants, or advisers in practical aspects of diplomacy such as diplomatic negotiations. The location of the Department allows it to benefit from a large diplomatic presence and international organizations and media personnel in Nairobi.
The Department has well-developed teaching and research links with institutions that have related programs. DDIS has established links with the National Defence College of Kenya and with the Defence Staff College in Nairobi. It runs an MA program in international studies at the National Defence College and also a Diploma program in International Studies at the same institution. The Department has since its inception enjoyed and continues to strengthen its historical links with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya, through training. In this connection, most of the staff of the Ministry continue to obtain their degrees and diplomas from DDIS.
The Department is constantly seeking to expand its international network of collaborators in strengthening its programs. It has developed links with the United Nations University of Peace, with whom it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2006. Also in 2006, DDIS signed an MOU with the Spanish Government. The Department also maintains an active collaboration with the Ministry of East African Co-operation of Kenya, the East African Legislature, and International Non-Governmental institutions, such as the Heinrich Boll Foundation and the International Development and Research Centre (IDRC).