The Master's Degree in Sustainable Development organised by CEI International Affairs aims to provide the knowledge and tools necessary to implement the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. With this programme, you will learn how to develop a sustainable management model and an organisational culture that seeks to align social responsibility and environmental commitment. all your doubts.

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If you missed the first information session, do you want to know what the professional opportunities are? What the subjects will consist of, or simply find out more about the teaching programme? etc. Register for the online information session on the Master's Degree in Sustainable Development on 15 June at 17:00 h, and resolve all your doubts.


In addition, if you attend the session and register for the master's degree before 24 June, we will cover your pre-registration fees! *

Registrations open here! (Fill in the form to receive the link)

 * In the initial phase of the pre-registration process you will have to pay the pre-reservation fee (€130), which will be deducted from the total registration fee.


The Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations by CEI International Affairs offers the necessary knowledge to understand the functioning of the European Union, the structure and competences of the diplomatic corps, the legal principles of diplomacy and the legal perspective on the protection of the environment.

Would you like to find out about career opportunities, what the subjects will consist of, or simply find out more about the teaching programme? What are the benefits of an official master's degree? Etc. Register for the online information session on the U. Master in Diplomacy and International Organizations on 31 May at 17:00h, and solve all your doubts.

In addition, if you attend the session and register for the master's degree before 15 June, we will cover your pre-registration fees! *

Registrations open here! (Fill in the form to receive the link)

 * In the initial phase of the pre-registration process you will have to pay the pre-reservation fee (€130), which will be deducted from the total registration fee.

On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, the Webinar Germany and the EU: Balance of the presidency, objectives and perspectives was held. The event of the International Classroom program, organized by the CEI International Affairs in collaboration with the Cercle d'Economia, was attended by several companies and members of the CEI.


The conference, presented by Dr. Àngel Pes, director of the CEI, was attended by Mr. Lluís Foix, journalist and former director of the newspaper La Vanguardia, and His Excellency Mr. Christoph Wolfrum, minister of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Kingdom of Spain.


Dr. Pes began the event by thanking the attendees for the presence and the participation of Messrs. Foix and Wolfrum. He highlighted the importance of the German Presidency of the European Union for its coincidence with the COVID-19 pandemic, for the Brexit negotiations and the launch of the Next Generation EU program. Dr. Pes pointed out the leadership of the German-French axis (consciously reversing the terms) and the role of Chancellor Merkel on issues such as refugee policy.




Mr Foix first explained the outcome of the German regional elections in the Lander of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate. Second, Mr. Foix highlighted the German role in European stability and the value of Germany's ability to cede political leadership to France. Thirdly, he stated that Germans have constantly lived with the “Europeanism vaccine” and, also, the importance that this issue has had in overcoming the differences between France and Germany. On the other hand, Mr. Foix pointed out that German Europeanism has been key to European integration. The ability of the Germans to make a critical review of their past and build a future with economic growth and democratic values ​​is, according to the journalist, essential to understand the German power within the EU. Quoting Goethe, Mr. Foix stated that what happened in Europe in recent years is the result of the maturing of Germany. As proof of this he exposed Merkel's role in the refugee crisis. He also pointed out that the difficulties during the 2008 crisis and the danger of the union breaking up along the north-south axis were overcome with common sense and that lessons have been drawn from it that have led to Keynesian or New Deal policies that allow the current survival of Europe.


For his part, the Hon. Mr. Christoph Wolfrum focused on COVID-19 and how it had marked the German presidency. However, in his understanding, during the pandemic, coordination between member states of the European Union has been improved. He also stated that the pandemic had allowed Europeans to be aware of the need to maintain cohesion and solidarity. For Mr. Wolfrum, another milestone reached is the joint supply of vaccines. Mr Wolfrum affirmed the need to reflect on increasing the role of the European Union in this area. He highlighted in this line the creation of the EU for Health program.


Regarding the economic consequences of COVID-19, Mr. Wolfrum celebrated the achievement represented by the approval of the multi-year financial framework and the Next Generation EU endowed with 1.8 billion euros. He noted that this is a clear message that we in Europe are opting for Europe as the solution to problems. Mr. Wolfrum highlighted the ecological sense of the funds (37% earmarked for ecological transformation and the 55% emission reduction targets by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050), the initiatives for the protection of biodiversity and the importance of climate policy for Europe. On the other hand, he also pointed out the importance of digitization and the need to build an independent pole of the United States and China in technological matters, without forgetting that it is with the former with whom there is greater political affinity and in matters of values.




The second part of Mr. Wolfrum's speech focused on Brexit, a regretted decision from Germany. Faced with the decision of the European Commission to initiate the procedure of complaint of violation of the Agreement, he reaffirmed the support of Germany for such action, however he highlighted the German will to moderate the tone. Mr Wolfrum was optimistic about future relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom.


In the third part he discussed European action in the international framework. The story of the European Union as a peace project continues today. Faced with the changes on the international scene, he argued the need to strengthen the transatlantic relationship and the European Union's own capacities to act by combining Atlanticism and Europeanism. He exposed the concept of strategic sovereignty as an alternative to the so-called strategic autonomy: not only to act autonomously, but to develop a common strategic vision based on a common strategic culture. Mr. Wolfrum called for progress in this area through a strategic partnership with ASEAN or common visions for the Indo-Pacific space.


At that time, Dr. Pes took the floor with thanks to Mr. Wolfrum and, immediately afterwards, opened question time for the attendees. Mr Wolfrum was asked, among other questions, about the need to increase the capacities of European industry and about the question of constitutionality on European funds raised before the German Constitutional Court. He responded to all this by pointing out the need to combine the international division of labour with less dependence in areas such as health, energy or food and, with respect to the second question, expressing the favourable sense of the European integration of the decisions of the German Constitutional Court and the legal stability provided by the existence of such constitutional jurisprudence.




In relation to how German ports had prepared to face Brexit, Minister Wolfrum began by highlighting that in some German ports trade with the United Kingdom represented 90% of the total. He was optimistic about the deal in that it would ease the impact without forgetting that it will not be the same as before. To this end, the customs staff has been increased significantly, highlighting that Brexit results in a major re-bureaucratization. On how to strengthen European foreign policy in relation to continents such as Asia or Africa, Mr. Wolfrum responded by celebrating the document of the common strategy of the European Union and the importance of Africa for Spain and the rest of the Union. Mr. Wolfrum pointed out the importance of incorporating cooperation into the strategy, not only remaining in migration policy, as well as the importance of the continent for the European Union.


Finally, regarding the preparation, linking and management of Next Generation funds, Minister Wolfrum indicated the interest that the funds can be used as soon as possible. He explained that Germany approved in 2020 a conjuncture and reconstruction package and that most of the money would go to finance it. He also highlighted the role of business and the Landers in the process.



Report prepared by: Oriol Muñoz

Student of the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps 

This program aims to train professionals to become diplomats, officials of international organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union, experts, and advisors of international organizations, etc.

The Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations has a mandatory internship program adapted to the profile and interests of each student. CEI International Affairs has internship agreements with embassies, consulates, public administration, NGOs, and private companies.

The program also offers specialized training through our tracks in Specialization in Human Security and Specialization in European and International Economic Relations.

The program is open to all university graduates interested in diplomacy and international relations.

Registration is open here

We publish the call to access 4 Scholarships, for 100% of the enrollment of the course, to prepare the Opposition to Join the Diplomatic Corps at the CEI.


  • Scholarships may be applied for by people admitted on CEI's Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps, to start their studies in the 2021-2022 academic year, and who meet the economic requirements be established in the call for scholarships.


  • The period for submitting candidatures to apply for the scholarships will be open from 6 April to 30 April. Throughout the month of May the resolution will be published. 


    The elected students will be able to decide whether to take the course in person, at the CEI headquarters in Barcelona, ​​or online.



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What is the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps?


career in the Spanish diplomatic corps begins when you achieve the status of diplomat by passing a competitive examination.


The call for the examination is published in the Official State Gazette (BOE), along with all of the requirements and details of the tests.


CEI International Affairs students cover the entire syllabus for the competitive examination (Question test, text comment and interview, language test and oral presentation of the syllabus), with materials drawn up by university lecturers specialized in the different subjects. 

On May 4, the online information session on the Master in Sustainable Development will be held, where those interested in the program will be able to resolve all their doubts through our professors.

In addition, if you attend the information session and pre-register for the master's degree before May 15, we will cover the pre-registration costs!

Acquire through the Master in Sustainable Development the necessary knowledge to address the main environmental problems and the challenges arising from this. Likewise, learn to analyze in depth the 17 goals that make up the 2030 Agenda and the best tools to achieve them.

Registration is open here!

On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, a virtual meeting was held with the Ambassador of Spain in Algeria, His Excellency Mr. Fernando Morán. The event, organized by the Centro de Estudios Internacionales, in collaboration with the Cercle d'Economia, had attendees from different companies and members of the CEI Executive Club.


The conference began with an introduction by Ambassador Senén Florensa, a highly experienced diplomatic official and current president of the Executive Committee of the IEMed. In his speech, Ambassador Florensa began by highlighting that there is an important time for the relationship between Algeria and Spain, and with the other Mediterranean countries, since it is 25 years since the start of the Barcelona Process and 15 years since the signing of the Algeria's association treaty with the European Union. The Ambassador made a brief analysis of how the Barcelona Process has evolved since its establishment, highlighting in the first place that in the political sphere there have been certain difficulties due to the various wars that have occurred in the East. He then explained that at the economic level there have been great advances in modernization, and that, at the cultural level, the changes have been significant due to the changes in mentality that occurred and led to the questioning of the traditional Arab state, and resulted in the well-known Arab Spring.


Then, Ambassador Fernando Morán took the floor, who began by making a general review of the Algerian political situation. Here he highlighted the important transformation process that the country has undergone since 2019 with the arrival of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. The arrival of this president to the country was turbulent, since prior to his accession to the presidency, the Hirak opposition movement mobilized thousands of Algerians to the streets, in protests that lasted about 10 months and that led to the December 12, 2019 elections. By winning those elections and taking office, President Tebboune carried out a major political reform that included a new constitution, a new electoral law, and a call for parliamentary elections. These elections, according to the Ambassador, will take place before May 19, but it is feared that, taking place in the middle of the month of Ramadan, the campaign process will be complicated.




Then, the Ambassador went on to discuss the bilateral relationship between Spain and Algeria. Here he emphasized that Algeria is the country with which the most high-level meetings have been held, seven so far. He also highlighted the significant cultural relations, within which there are more than 100 agreements between Spanish and Algerian universities, and where the Cervantes Institute is the third in the world by number of students, thus demonstrating a great interest in the Spanish language and culture by the Algerians.


Finally, the Ambassador presented the situation of bilateral economic relations with Spain. Algeria is a country dependent on its oil and gas exports, and therefore the economic relationship with Spain focuses on this sector. The Ambassador commented that, in general, there has been a decrease in imports and exports between both countries in the last 2 years, since on the one hand Spain exported 3,300 million euros in 2018 and only 1,700 million in 2020, and the other Spanish imports were 4.666 million euros in 2018 and in 2020, there was a reduction to 2.258 million. With these figures, therefore, the Ambassador emphasized the significant reduction in trade flow. Additionally, he added that, in 2019, the flow of investments was zero, since no Spanish company invested in Algeria. Despite this, the Ambassador emphasized that Algeria is a priority market for Spain, since they constitute 1% of Spanish sales, and are the second client on the African continent behind Morocco, and third African supplier also after Morocco and Nigeria. Finally, he reported that the Embassy is working hard on this issue in order to open the way for more Spanish companies to take advantage of the Algerian market.


During question time, Ambassador Senén Florensa took the floor again, asking Ambassador Morán about how the lack of interest of Spanish companies in investing in Algeria can be explained. To this, Ambassador Morán replied that, until June 2020, there was a law that required 51% of the capital of any company that he invested, to remain in Algerian hands. This law has already been repealed, so the Ambassador expressed his hope that more companies would invest in Algeria, especially after the last visit of the President of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, who was accompanied by representatives of various companies. Then, the director of the CEI, Ángel Pes, asked about the perception that exists that it is only possible to invest in Algeria through the public sector, and about what possibilities exist for the private sector to invest without having to resort to the public sector. To this, the Ambassador commented that, although the issue is not well developed, it has had growing importance. He added that there are Spanish business groups that have executed projects with private companies, and that in the field of agriculture this has been more evident. The Ambassador pointed out that it is an issue that must continue to be worked on because there are positive experiences.




Finally, the audience asked questions related to the emergency caused by the COVID 19 pandemic and its impacts in Algeria. Ambassador Morán stressed that, in the economic sphere, the government is trying to approve a new roadmap to diversify its economy and expand other sectors such as automotive, agriculture, and renewable energy, in which Spain can have an important investment opportunity. In general terms, the Ambassador reported that Algeria has implemented similar measures to combat the pandemic, such as curfews and closures of certain economic sectors. Currently, the vaccination plan has started, but the authorities fear that, in the month of Ramadan, which normally consists of many festivities in the streets and with large crowds, the cases will increase significantly.


In short, the virtual event on this day was of great interest to all the guests and the presentation by both speakers made it clear that the bilateral relationship with Algeria has been worked on and continues to work for the collective good of both nations.



Report prepared by: Lupita Prada Jiménez

Master in Diplomacy and International Organizations

The climate crisis has had an impact on the international political agenda. The 2030 Agenda, approved by the United Nations in 2015, is a clear example of this.

The climate emergency has led to a scenario where the policies of the 21st century have sought a transition towards sustainability. In this sense, it is necessary to train professionals to carry out such policies.

Acquire through the Master in Sustainable Development the necessary knowledge to address the main environmental problems and the challenges arising from this. Likewise, learn to analyze in depth the 17 goals that make up the 2030 Agenda and the best tools to achieve them.

The master's degree offers innovative and practical training, with an internship program in different public institutions or private companies, adapted to the profile and interests of each student.

The master's degree is face-to-face and is offered in the afternoons. It will start on September 25, 2022 and will end on March 31, 2024.

Registrations open here!

Are you about to graduate and you want to start your career in Sustainability but, do you know how? Have you been working for years but want to focus your future towards Sustainable Development? We’ll give you tips and solve all the doubts in the next Workshop.



WORKSHOP ONLINE: How can I work in Sustainable Development?


On April 20, Mr. Miquel Vidal, Coordinator of Circular Economy at the Fundació Formació i Treball, an expert in job placement in the field of sustainability, will offer a Workshop in which he will give the keys to start or transform your career towards the field of Sustainable Development.


In the Workshop "How can I work in Sustainable Development?" Mr. Vidal will talk about each of the possibilities of starting your career in the field of Sustainable Development, or of transforming your career towards this sector.


The Workshop will last one hour and then there will be a question time to answer all your questions.




Sign up here. Limited places!



What career opportunities does a Master in Sustainable Development offer?


The CEI's Master in Sustainable Development, due to its interdisciplinary approach and practical orientation, prepares its students for a wide variety of jobs such as those detailed below:


  • Private enterprises: Sustainability manager at a national or international company.


  • Public administration: Civil servant positions at government bodies or agencies with direct responsibility for any aspect of the 2030 Agenda or SDGs (e.g. the Catalan government, provincial governments, town councils).


  • International Organizations: Diplomat, international official or officer at an international organization.


  • Non-governmental organizations: Officer at NGO in the field of development cooperation, the environment or the protection of human rights.



Do you know the CEI’s Master in Sustainable Development?


It is a blended training given by the CEI, with a diploma from the University of Barcelona. The Master in Sustainable Development provides an in-depth understanding of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. Through an interdisciplinary approach, it contributes to integrating and weighing the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.


It includes the possibility of doing compulsory professional internships (from 4 to 6 months) or a Final Master's Thesis (real project applicable to companies or institutions).


You will be trained with active lecturers: outstanding professionals from both the public and private sectors, university professors of recognized prestige in their specialty ...


Find out now and start your registration for the 2021-2022 Course!

Thanks to the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union, and Cooperation (MAEC), through the Diplomatic School, announce the call for four (4) scholarships and six (6) discounted tuitions for applicants who have passed the access test to the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps at the Center for International Studies Foundation (FCEI) during 2022-2023 academic year. For further information please access the terms of the call at the following link. The call for applications will be open from April 1, 2022, to April 30, 2022.

To find out more about the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps please access the following link https://www.ceibcn.com/en/courses/un-application-course.


During the 2nd week of April, we are going to celebrate the XIX edition of the Course on Current Issues in Spanish Foreign Policy, in online modality.



  • The inaugural conference "Challenges and priorities of Spanish foreign policy" with Cristina Gallach, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Latin America and the Caribbean





What topics are we going to discuss in the Course on Current Issues in Spanish Foreign Policy?


  • Spain and the global migration crisis, with José Luis Pardo,  Ambassador on a Special Mission for Migration, and Sílvia Morgades, Associate Professor of Public International Law, Pompeu Fabra University. 

  • Spain and its relations with the EU (Special reference to Brexit and relations with Germany and France), with José Pascual Marco, General Director for Integration and Coordination of General Affairs of the European Union, and Laura Huici,  TItular Professor of Public International Law, University of Barcelona.


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  • Spain and its relations with the Middle East and North Africa region, with Eva Martínez Sánchez, General Director for the Maghreb, Mediterranean and the Middle East, and Lurdes Vidal, Area Director for the Arab and Mediterranean World, IEMED.

  • The management of the global pandemic derived from COVID-19 from a Spanish perspective, with Guillermo Corral van Damme, Director of the Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Global Spain, and Ángel Rodrigo, Titular Professor of Public International Law, Pompeu Fabra University.


  • Spain and its relations with Latin America, with Rafael Garranzo, General Director for Latin America, and José Antonio Sanahuja, Professor of International Relations, Complutense University of Madrid.





Organization: CEI International Affairs

With the collaboration of: Master Internationalization UB - Master Financial Markets UB, Fundación “la Caixa”

Date: Friday, October 15, 2021

Place: Palau Macaya (Passeig Sant Joan, 108 - Barcelona)


The coronavirus crisis has catalyzed previously existing tensions, including the interconnected challenges between misgivings about globalization, inequalities with an impact on social friction, and growing evidence of the magnitude of environmental problems, all in an environment of profound technological change to which those related to health should now be added to the fore. Covid-19 has generated dynamics that widen inequalities, related to the unequal ability to adapt to new forms of work, while public powers try to measure up to increased responsibilities. The dynamics - national, regional, and global - are affected by these new dimensions. Are references to the need for a “new social contract” that is inclusive, sustainable, and global, voluntaristic approaches or a path that is as difficult as it is necessary? In what lines and with what scope is progress being made ... or not?



- Àngel Pes, director of CEI International Affairs

- Juan Tugores and Patricia García-Durán, Directors of the conference

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. ROUND TABLE: Inequality and globalization in the post-covid era

- Margarita Delgado, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Spain

- Robert Kissack, Head of Studies and associate professor at IBEI

- Núria Casamitjana, Director of Training at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health

Moderated by: Patricia García-Durán and Juan Tugores








Date: 15th October 2021


Modality: Face-to-face at Palau Macaya.


Registration: To attend the Seminar it is essential to register here.

Application Process for an official Certificate of Graduation 

2021-2022 Academic Year - Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations 


1. Link to apply for the official Certificate of Graduation:



2. Request form to be filled in by students:




Instructions for students 

Students must deliver to the center 2 copies of the application form for the degree signed, as well as the proof of payment that they will have received in the mail that they have provided in the form (point 2).


At this time, the center may issue the receipt of the Certificate of Graduation.


  • The processing of the title can take up to 1 year.


  • For students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), if they need a substitute certification for the legalized degree, they should contact the Secretariat of the Affiliated Center, CEI.


The recent arrival of COVID-19 has inevitably impacted the 2030 Agenda and its effects put us in front of an unprecedented global crisis.


In this new scenario, learning how to design, implement and track actions that put the transition towards sustainability at the heart of policies at all levels will be crucial in putting countries back on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).



Our Master's in Sustainable Development has an innovative and practical approach and welcomes professionals from the academia, the corporate world, the public sector, and international organizations who aspire to start a professional career in the field of sustainable development.


It aims at giving students the tools to manage the main environmental problems and the challenges that derive from them, from climate change to increased social inequalities.


What are you waiting for? The time to act is now.


Submit your application now! 



"The Next Generation EU program: a fertile path for a more inclusive Europe?"


Organization: CEI International Affairs

With the collaboration of: “la Caixa” Foundation


Date: Wednesday, April 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Online modality


One of the purposes of the EU is to strengthen economic, social, and territorial cohesion and solidarity between member states. However, the economic crisis that began in 2008 brought an increase in inequality, moving away the horizon of greater convergence. In this process, the main EU institutions advocated a conditional rescue model in the most affected states based on budgetary austerity, which implied a substantial worsening of living conditions in southern European countries, particularly in Spain, Portugal and Greece.


With the COVID-19 pandemic, a new economic crisis is leaving millions of people without income, again especially in southern countries, highly dependent on the most affected sectors such as tourism. Despite the initial reluctance of some Northern European countries, this time the EU has proposed an alternative route: an unprecedented fiscal stimulus package, the Next Generation EU.


It is relevant to ask ourselves about the scope of this aid, which will reach countries with high levels of economic inequality inherited from the previous crisis: what impact will these funds have on inequality within and between European States? Will they be enough to alleviate the differential effects of the crisis in the different European countries and regions? What are the main challenges to the implementation of these funds and on what mechanisms does their relevance depend on to alleviate economic inequality? And finally: do these recovery funds mean the end of the austerity-based stage or is it just a parenthesis that will be closed when the worst part of the pandemic has been overcome?






-        Ángel Pes, director of CEI International Affairs.

-        Andrea Noferini, researcher at the University Institute of European Studies of the UAB and associate professor at the UPF.



17:40 h. - 7:00 p.m. ROUND TABLE: "The Next Generation EU program: a fertile path for a more inclusive Europe?"

-        Ferran Tarradellas, Head of Communication EC Representation in France.

-        Steven Forti, researcher at the IHC of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, associate professor at the UAB and political news analyst.

-        Eugènia Lleal, European policy analyst at the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions of Europe in the area of European funds and cohesion policies.


Moderator: Andrea Noferini, researcher at the University Institute of European Studies of the UAB and associate professor at the UPF.




Date: April, 21, 5:30 p.m. 

Modality: Online

Enrollment: To attend the Conference is mandatory to register here.

The first edition of the Master in Sustainable Development UB-CEI is coming to an end, and we have had a talk with its first promotion of student to know their opinions on the Master: 


 "This Master in Sustainable Development has given me the bases that I lacked at a legal, social and economic level to be able to develop at a professional level in the field. Its content is complete, detailed, and understandable for those who come from other fields academic, so it is fully adapted to our needs. In addition, they seek synergies between students to enrich the knowledge provided. The attention received in relation to the TFM is very close and they are accessible, which helps to feel accompanied and open possibilities future work. Without a doubt I will miss the classes, the moments of discussion and mutual learning, but I finish it without having doubts that it fulfilled my expectations. Now a new stage begins. Wishing, therefore, to put the knowledge into practice acquired."

Joanna Riera



"The Master in Sustainable Development has far exceeded all my expectations, since it has managed, in a masterful way, to address the relevant aspects of the three fundamental pillars that compose it, such as Economic, Social and Environmental Development. At the same time, it has been able to integrate the current theory of International Law with the different fields and regimes related to the environment, going through a training in Circular Economy, among other relevant and current areas, without neglecting the practical aspect of how from the sector In private, relevant policies and strategies can be designed based on the basic principles of Sustainable Development to achieve the objectives of the UN 2030 Agenda. All the above has allowed me to consolidate the necessary knowledge to develop my TFM in project mode, within the company in which I work, adding value to the actions in pursuit of the achievement of the strategic objectives on sustainability.

I want to thank the CEI for offering this program, which has been characterized by the quality and demands that precede it, in addition to having a teaching staff endowed with vast knowledge on the subject, and with luxury guests, both from the private and public sectors experts in the practice of Sustainable Development."

Andrés F. Ballesteros




“I am from Syria where most people struggle to simply survive and are not able to think about how to live in a way that supports sustainability. When I first started studying the concepts of sustainability, I was frustrated because of the different conditions that the developed and developing countries face and the inequity of resources between them. I could not see how the practical solutions I was learning about could work in the actual hard conditions that people in my country face every day. However, when I began to understand more details about how we can save our planet, I started to be more optimistic about what is possible for all countries, including Syria. Once I fully grasped the necessity of changing the way we live and the way we use the Earth's resources I began to change my own lifestyle. I am aware now of each decision I take when I want to buy anything. I am also more sensitive to the issues that many people around the world face including access to clean water, education, decent work, and health care. Because of the program, I am committed to finding a career where I can be actively participate in achieving the 17 SDGs. When I began the program, I did not understand the importance of sustainable development. Now I am a passionate advocate for it."


Rand Al Chamaa



"The Master in Sustainable Development has been a fantastic opportunity to know more in depth what sustainability itself means. It has provided us with the necessary knowledge to understand the severity of the current climate crisis, as well as give us the appropriate tools to face to her with a systemic and multidisciplinary vision. The internships are a great complement to finish this training, which has allowed us to apply and visualize the opportunities that the world of work will offer us once the Master is finished."

Ana Ochoa



"Magnificent professors, luxury guests, and a quality and academic precision that is very difficult to surpass; all this makes the students end up being experts in the matter. We have analyzed sustainable development from a holistic approach, from the legal and political perspective, economic and social, including the role of companies. Personally, coming from International Relations, I have found my way here. It has been a journey that I would repeat a thousand times."

Lorena G. Alberte



"The Master in Sustainable Development has allowed me to become familiar with all the transcendental aspects and elements of the climate crisis and the role that sustainability should play in the international community for years to come. Moreover, the internships at Viscofan have helped me see first-hand how the private sector can contribute to sustainable development goals through the energy transition, good governance and corporate social responsibility.”

Nicolau Milà

On January 21, 2021 a virtual meeting took place with the Consul General of the United States in Barcelona, ​​H.E. Mr. Robert Riley. The event, organized by the CEI International Classroom in collaboration with the Cercle d'Economia, was held just one day after the investiture ceremony of the 46th President of the US, Joseph R. Biden. It was, therefore, the first event in which Mr. Riley participated as a representative of the new Administration.


The conference began with an introduction by Juan María Hernández Puértolas, Director of Communication at Criteria Caixa and an expert on US domestic politics. The author of the column "Diarios del Tío Sam" in La Vanguardia newspaper analyzed some of the main challenges that Joe Biden's government will face in the first 100 days of his mandate. Among them, he highlighted the need to approve an aid package for families and businesses most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the pending reform of the higher education financing system.


In his opinion, the new Administration will be strengthened if it manages to carry out the most transcendental reforms in a consensual way with the Republican Party. Otherwise, he understands that the same thing could happen to the Joe Biden government as to some of the American presidents of the last decades: they addressed controversial issues in an excessively partisan way, and within two years of starting their mandate, their parties lost the majority in the House of Representatives or the Senate.




Likewise, Mr. Hernández Puértolas celebrated Joe Biden's "anti-inflammatory" speech. This, in his opinion, is very positive at a time of polarization in American society, especially after the tension generated by the irruption on the Capitol of a group of supporters of the outgoing president on January 6.


The US Consul General started expressing great optimism about the near future of the North American country, as well as the enormous possibilities of its foreign policy, for various reasons. First, he stressed that President Biden has a moderate and conciliatory speech, which will allow strengthening bilateral relations with the traditional allies of the United States and achieving a greater understanding with those countries with which he has important differences.


Likewise, the diplomat showed his confidence in the great professionalism and recognized experience of the team selected by Joe Biden to lead the State Department. In fact, he believes that the Democratic leader himself is probably going to be one of the most well versed presidents in foreign policy in the entire history of the United States, having worked in this area with great intensity during his more than 45 years of experience as Senator from Delaware and later as Vice President of the United States.




Mr. Riley also discussed the position that the new Administration will maintain on some of the main current issues in the field of international relations. Thus, a more determined commitment to multilateralism is expected to face the great global challenges, such as the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, its serious economic consequences throughout the world and the threat posed by climate change. This can be inferred from the decisions made by President Biden on his first day in office, such as the return of the US to the Paris Agreement on climate change and the World Health Organization. Likewise, a great intensification of relations with the European Union is expected. Both Washington and Brussels have already expressed their intention to strengthen the strong transatlantic link and endow it with new and ambitious common goals.


On the other hand, the Consul explained that other aspects of US foreign policy could, foreseeably, experience less change. This is the case of support for the democratic opposition in Venezuela, which will most likely remain firm in its objective of achieving a democratic transition in that country. Also, in relations with China, efforts will continue to be made to protect the strategic interests of the US, both financial, technological and commercial, although dialogue with the Asian country is expected to be more relaxed and less aggressive. Finally, relations with Spain will continue to be very intense in all areas, in keeping with the old relationship of mutual respect and admiration that exists between both countries.


Mr. Riley believes that major transformations in American foreign policy will take place in the coming years, and that these will allow the United States to regain global leadership. He is aware that reaching that goal will be a heavy workload, but he is confident in the ability of the United States to overcome the challenges the country faces today.



Report prepared by Miguel Ramos González

Student of the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps

On April 27, 2021, the online meeting was held with the Ambassador of Spain to Indonesia, H.E. Mr. José María Matres Manso. The event of the International Classroom program, organized by the CEI in collaboration with the Cercle d'Economia, was attended by several companies and members of the CEI.


Dr. Àngel Pes, director of the CEI, began the event by highlighting that Indonesia is one of the most populated countries in the world, its political system is democracy and the majority religion in that country is Islam. In fact, Indonesia is one of the most populous democracies in the world and the state where the most Muslims live. In addition, he mentioned that it is experiencing great economic development that has allowed the consolidation of an important middle class. Despite the great potential and growing influence of that country in Asia, Dr. Pes regretted that the economic relations between Spain and Indonesia are very limited.




The ambassador began his presentation by confirming the great economic and demographic potential of Indonesia and its growing influence both in Southeast Asia and the continent. In fact, he described Indonesia as the "economic engine" of the region and recalled that it is the main power of ASEAN and is a permanent full member of the G20. He also highlighted that the middle class is made up of approximately 70 million people who increasingly demand higher quality products, that the average income is constantly expanding and that the Indonesian authorities, especially President Joko Widodo Jokowi, have adopted a strategic plan in the future that foresees multiplying the per capita income by six and that includes an extensive development of the country's infrastructures. In addition, he mentioned that, due to its geographical location in the Pacific Ring of Fire, the archipelago is affected by all kinds of natural disasters, from seismic movements to tsunamis, through torrential rains and volcano eruptions. This poses a great challenge for the Indonesian Government and must be considered when analyzing the economic, social and political context of the country. During his introduction he mentioned that Indonesia is a socially modern and non-confessional state, although it is generally believed that it is.


Otherwise, the Spanish business presence in Indonesia is certainly low, as are our exports to that country and bilateral investments. According to the ambassador, although it is true that Indonesia is characterized by having a particularly complicated bureaucratic system and a particularly opaque and complex market, this has not been an impediment to Spanish business in other countries and should not prevent national companies exploring the possibilities that the Asian country offers. For this reason, the diplomat invited entrepreneurs to venture into the Indonesian market and gave three tips to have a better chance of success. First, he highlighted that Asians in general, and Indonesians in particular, value personal contact very highly, which is why the Indonesian market demands a continued physical presence. In other words, the foreign entrepreneur must be in Indonesia and build trusting relationships with national partners. Second, the ambassador stated that it is necessary to have a significant financial muscle to resist the costs of settling in Indonesia until the results are obtained, which generally occur in the medium or long term. Ultimately, you need to be patient. Finally, it is highly recommended to have a trusted Indonesian partner since, on the one hand, the legislation of that country requires having a national partner and, on the other hand, it is required to have a good professional who knows the market and can establish fruitful business relationships. This point is the most difficult to achieve, but the diplomat highlighted that the Embassy of Spain advises and helps especially in this regard and relevant initiatives are being carried out in order to have good Indonesian partners. To this aim and to increase the Spanish presence, the Embassy is trying to set up a bilateral chamber of commerce.




Once the ambassador explained the social, political, and economic context of Indonesia, he went on to review some of the most notable economic opportunities for Spanish entrepreneurs. Based on his presentation, there are two sectors declared as key by the Indonesian Government that offer a multitude of opportunities for Spanish companies: the development of human resources and the economic transformation of the country, which mainly consists of the development of infrastructures in the East from Indonesia. It should be mentioned that the Indonesian government's strategic development plan is especially ambitious, with a € 380 billion budget to develop 233 infrastructure projects. Of all the planned projects, there are 37 declared priority projects in which Spanish companies are very competitive and could bid for the tender with a high probability of success. For example, the construction of seven oil and gas refineries, five water treatment plants, four seaports, the improvement of the electricity and telephone network throughout the country, etc. are planned. Not to mention the possibilities that arise from the construction of the new capital, the future development plans foreseen from 2030, the growing Halal market or the development of tourism on various islands of the archipelago. There are great opportunities for Spanish companies, but it is necessary that they make a determined commitment to this market.


Regarding climate change, the ambassador highlighted that Indonesia is very cautious when defining its environmental policy, despite the danger posed by this challenge for the archipelago. This is due to various factors. The consumption of fossil energy is still very important; millions of jobs depend on the mining and energy sector; a large part of the population subsists thanks to palm oil plantations; families with greater political power control most of the polluting sectors and oppose the adoption of measures contrary to their interests; and the construction of the new capital, as well as many of the development projects, could be incompatible with a responsible environmental policy. Furthermore, considering that popular discontent can be exploited by radical-based Islamist parties, the Indonesian government avoids putting jobs associated with polluting activities at risk.




Next, the ambassador cited some of the main Spanish commercial operations carried out in Indonesia. He mentioned the important role of Airbus Defense in the Indonesian aeronautical sector, a market previously successfully explored by CASA until its integration into the European consortium. Indra actively operates in this same sector. In the energy sector, Siemens Gamesa stands out for having recently built the first wind farm in the country. The diplomat highlighted the presence of Repsol, Roca, Inditex, Meliá, Técnicas Reunidas, Mango and Loewe in Indonesia; He highlighted the manufacture of the Indonesian navy training ship, the Bima Suci, by the Galician shipyard Freire; and cited the joint project between the Spanish company CEPSA and the Indonesian Sinar Mas. The diplomat highlighted these cases that exemplify how with patience, perseverance and audacity, Spanish companies can obtain great profits in Indonesia.


The ambassador wanted to end his presentation by recalling that Indonesia offers great opportunities to the Spanish business community, but that it is necessary to assume a significant risk and have the clear will to enter the market. Finally, the diplomat highlighted the predisposition of all the staff of the Embassy of Spain to support Spanish companies and assured that for him it is a great satisfaction to work to increase the Spanish presence in Indonesia.



Report prepared by:

Miquel Vazquez Escolano

Student of the Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations and the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps.


“Joe Biden & the world: The foreign agenda of the new US administration”


Organized by: CEI International Affairs

With the collaboration of: US General Consulate in Barcelona & Fundación ”la Caixa”


January, 22 - 5 p.m.

See the complete conference here



What changes can we expect in the foreign policy of the United States under the new Administration? Will President Biden be able to redirect Washington's foreign relations with its traditional allies after the passage of President Donald J. Trump through the White House? To what extent are some of the decisions on such important issues as the Iranian nuclear pact, the free trade agreement with the EU or the Paris Agreement on climate change reversible?


The purpose of the day is to explore the foreign agenda that can be expected from the new Administration under the presidency of Joe Biden. In particular, it will address the current state of political and economic relations between the United States and the European Union, and its impact on the global governance system, to reflect on its potential future scenarios in the next four years.





17:00 h.- 17:15 h. CONFERENCE OPENING 

- Àngel Pes, CEI International Affairs director



17:15 h. – 17:45 h. ROUND TABLE: "The foreign agenda of the new Biden's administration"

- Conrad Tribble, Chargé d'Affaires of the US Embassy in Madrid.


- Beatriz Navarro, La Vanguardia's Washington Correspondent.


- Daniel S. Hamilton, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Global Europe Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University SAIS Foreign Policy Institute.


Moderator: Jordi Quero, Conference director 



17:45 h. – 18:00 h. DEBATE & CLOSING 






Date: Friday, 22th January, 202, 5 p.m.


Modality: Online.


Enrollment: To attend the Conference is mandatory to register previously here.

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On November 24, the CEI International Classroom took place, in online mode, with a presentation by the Ambassador of Spain in Jordan, Her Excellency Mrs. Aránzazu Bañón Dávalos, and the CEI Intelligence analysis, by Mr. Haizam Amirah - organized by the CEI in collaboration with the Cercle d'Economia.


The event began with a general analysis of Mr. Haizam Amirah, who placed Jordan as the leader of pragmatism in the Middle East. This fact is due to the geography that, on the one hand, stands out for the scarcity of abundant resources; and on the other, the region is in a vulnerable geopolitical position. However, Jordan has emerged as a country with a moderating and stabilizing role in the region, placing great value on international alliances.


Haizam Amirah-Fernández


Mr. Haizam Amirah highlighted some of the main challenges that this State must face in the present, and that will determine its future. External factors include how to manage the stabilization of neighbouring countries and the impact of conflicts on internal policies. Among the internal factors, the efforts to solve some bad political-economic decisions and the loss of confidence in the government of the new generations are noteworthy, as well as the rise of radicalism. In the coming months, Jordan will have to manage the balance between high population growth, population discontent over crisis management, and possible changes in the status quo that may affect relations between the various actors in the Middle East.


In the second part of the session, the Ambassador of Spain in Jordan, Her Excellency Mrs. Aránzazu Bañón Dávalos reflected on the importance and weight of Jordan in the Middle East region:


The Ambassador began by describing this country as a "historical miracle of the region", thanks to the construction of its own identity as an interlocutor and reference point for stability, dialogue, and moderation in a troubled region. She highlighted Jordan's political intelligence, its broad ability to forge balanced alliances with its Arab neighbours and partners and with its Western allies, and its strategic role in the region.




Regional conflicts and recent geopolitical changes have a very direct impact on Jordan and are affecting both its internal situation, especially its economic situation, and its role in the region. In this context, it could be said that the country faces the new challenges as an opportunity to introduce changes and reforms with a future vision. The main aspirations are to achieve greater resilience by reducing external dependence and to lay the foundations for a more inclusive, cohesive, and prosperous society. In the political aspects, Jordan has begun a reform agenda to consolidate a project of a common country that accommodates the new generations of citizens, who demand greater transparency, accountability, effectiveness, and efficiency from their leaders.


About the economy, there is also a reform agenda underway aimed at stimulating employment, boosting the economy and promoting those strategic sectors that generate quality employment. The reform package has the endorsement of the donor community and the backing of international financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. This plan was presented in February 2019 at the London Conference, aimed at the business sector: It seeks to facilitate, attract foreign investment, and improve strategic sectors. Among them are tourism and associated services - which represent between around 14% of GDP and which have been reassessed and reoriented after the Covid-19 crisis -; water management, since Jordan is the third country in the world with the highest water stress, so desalination plant projects are being implemented; The renewable energies; and the infrastructure sector, particularly railways.


The Ambassador concluded by highlighting that, despite the challenges in the perception of the area as an unstable context and the country's difficulties, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a stable market, interdependent with the Mediterranean countries and strategic in the area, supported by the International Community, in which Spanish companies, both large companies and SMEs, by their nature, are highly competitive and with accumulated experience.



Report prepared by Raül Molina

Student of the Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations


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