The academic requirements of ILA demand active involvement at an intense and demanding pace. All classes and discussion sessions are conducted in English, so, good command of the English language is required. All events in the Academy are based on the Socratic educational method employing Dialogue and reflective thinking. In other words, they are interactive with discussion at all levels. Attendance and contributions are required.

The curriculum leads to a Certificate and the European Union Diploma Supplement for academic credit recognition from home University. Based on the hours of involvement it is calculated to 1 US credit hour or 3 ECTS per week. See the Modules offered below.

The Faculty is selected and invited among prominent Professors from acclaimed Universities around the world, recognized for their enthusiasm, knowledge and communicability. Alumni of our programs are preferred, as they have had the experience and share the vision.

The curriculum, updated for every session, explores the contemporary developments in International Development, Governance, Law, Conflict, Geopolitics, International Relations, Public Diplomacy and civil society, in an interdisciplinary reflective approach. Related simulations on actual topics set into practice the knowledge gained in the classroom.

The component of Leadership provides an understanding of leadership skills and potential, and how to most effectively put them to use in our everyday life, with an eye on ethics and the impact of self on other. The course blends a study of the above with a study of behaviors that comprise character ethic. The class will explore ways in which effective leaders help relationship systems evolve, while diminishing the sort of reactivity that sparks societal regression.

The Academy participants also attend the Chania Med Forum, applying the concept of "leadership in practice".

To have the background for interaction, a number of readings are required. It is highly recommended that participants become familiar with these readings before attending the program. The pace of the Academy is designed, as the name implies, to challenge the leadership capabilities of each student but also support each one in achieving the highest possible level of rewarding personal development.
The tentative schedule link can be found here.


to choose one or all

Module 1, July 17 – 23: Leader or Follower?


                                           Effective leadership traits, innovation, and public diplomacy


Module 2, July 24 – 30: The New Security Agenda

                                           International security - contemporary security implications, and economic governance

Module 3, July 31 –August 6: Economy Redefined

                                                      Geopolitical economics and international development

Module 2 integrates participation in the Chania Med Forum on Economy, Energy, Politics & Power, July 27 – 30

  • The International Development component examines the structure and functions of the market economy, economic theories and economic strategies in real world political situations. Students also discuss frameworks for developing and sustaining civil societies in the countries of the region. Present-day International development Issues and Challenges, discussions on the Intelligent World Economy are within the component.
  • The Conflict Resolution / management component examines the politics of international conflict management, the roles played by states and international organizations, and the relevant concepts offered by a variety of theories from the social sciences. Concepts and theories will be tested with reference to real conflicts.
  • The International Relations component includes Geopolitics, focused in the Mediterranean area related to the International Community, International Organizations including NATO, and the vision of Civil society involvement in decision making. Public Diplomacy, is an important topic in this module.
  • Economic governance examines the rule of law in a globalized economy from the European Union case perspective.
  • The Leadership component is approached collectively and individually, to achieve a highly interactive - integrating personal awareness, affirmation, accountability and action adapted to real time, through systemic impact training on leadership, on national and international levels.
  • Cultural intelligence, even though unusual as a conventional component, is extremely important as globalization has rendered the business environment more complex, dynamic, and competitive. The ability to function effectively in different cultural contexts, called Cultural Intelligence (CQ), has never been more important.

Exam and Program Evaluation

All students must take the three-hour written exam at the end of the Program for credit award.
Performance on this exam will determine the grade for academic credit. Pass / not pass is not an option.

There is a program evaluation form that will also be completed on the last day of the program. Feedback is very important for maintaining the high level of the program.

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