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!

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.


  • 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.



On September 29th, the International Classroom of the CEI took place, in online modality, with the Ambassador of Spain to Malaysia, H.E. Mr. José Miguel Corvinos Lafuente.

The Ambassador began by explaining the Covid-19 situation in Malaysia which, despite having 11,000 cases and 134 deaths, was able to contain the health crisis relatively well by opting for confinement for several weeks in March. Currently, life is practically normal with the necessary precautions but important restrictions on entry to the country continue to be maintained. At the economic level, some essential sectors that could continue their activity, such as hydrocarbons, were declared and aid packages and economic stimuli have been approved to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. The World Bank foresees a 4.9% drop in the economy this year, although the data for 2021 are favorable, expecting growth between 5.5% and 8%.

Ambassador Corvinos followed with an explanation of the political situation in Malaysia. It is a country with a consolidated democracy that is characterized by being a federation with 13 States and by being a constitutional monarchy of a rotating nature, a unique format in the world, in which every 5 years it alternates between the nine sultans. In 2019, for the first time, the King resigned and since then the Head of State is the Sultan of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah.



In matters of foreign policy, the Hon. Mr. José Miguel Corvinos highlighted Malaysia's commitment to multilateralism and its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals within the framework of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. Its projection abroad as a moderate Islamic democracy stands out, taking into account that Islam is the majority religion in the country (60%) and therefore maintains a special relationship with both Pakistan and Turkey.

Its main partners are in the Southeast Asian region with China as its first trading partner followed by ASEAN members, highlighting relations with its neighbor Singapore.

Lately, relations with the European Union have suffered tensions due to the palm oil issue, although they are in the process of negotiation to find a consensus solution in relation to sustainability criteria. Spain seeks to promote these negotiations, being the third European Union buyer of this product in Malaysia and in order to advance in the negotiations of the Free Trade Agreement.

Referring to the relations between Spain and Malaysia, the Ambassador stressed that there is an excellent relationship, although with room for improvement due to the knowledge deficit between the two countries. He highlighted the two high-level virtual conversations held this summer with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and her counterpart, as well as those carried out by the Ministries of Sciences and Technologies.



On a cultural level, Spain is working to promote the Spanish language in Malaysia, taking advantage of Malaysians' interest in the Spanish lifestyle, and the Ambassador also mentioned the coordination with the other Spanish-speaking Ambassadors to make Spanish a language elective in public high school.

Finally, Ambassador Corvinos concluded that Malaysia is a very good investment destination for Spanish companies and that it already has more than 50 entities present in the country. He highlighted certain sectors of mutual interest such as renewable energy, infrastructure, smart cities and waste management, among others.

Its good positioning in the Doing Business (number 12) as well as the good preparation of the Malaysian society and a good level of English represent an attractive destination to establish a base in Southeast Asia. The Ambassador recalled that interested Spanish companies have the help of both the Embassy and the Commercial Office in Kuala Lumpur.


Report prepared by Geòrgia Oriol
Student of the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps

The opportunities for European funding, as well as the endowment of aid programs, are increasing and that has made Spain increasingly demand the European Proposals Expert profile: Professionals for private companies or public organizations, who have a deep understanding of European funding programs.


Students profile:


The European Proposals Writing Course is coming to an end in its first edition, and has had a high-level of students:  


EU Funds Project managers; directors of the projects, studies and innovation area; public sector analysts; technicians of public administration and university personnel; communication and events managers…



What job opportunities does European funding have?


Working on European projects is becoming more and more feasible, a future job in European projects and funding is possible through a wide variety of jobs such as those detailed below:


  • Technician in European Projects in the public administration


  • Project Manager of European Projects in finance departments of big companies


  • Research staff in the area of European funds


  • Staff for start ups and innovative companies



How can I take the next step and start working in the European funding?


You can work on European funding coming from any professional area, it is only needed to lay the foundations and deepen the knowledge of the funding bodies and mechanisms of the European Union: innovation in the European environment, writing European proposals, persuasive writing...


On April 6, CEI International Affairs will launch the 2nd edition of the European Proposal Writing course (15 ECTS, certificate awarded by the University of Barcelona), which will have prestigious professors, evaluators of European programs such as EurekaEITEIChigh-level active professionals from ICEX, la Generalitat de CatalunyaEurecat

On Tuesday, July 14, the CEI International Classroom took place with the Spanish Ambassador to Poland, the Hon. Mr. Francisco Javier Sanabria Valderrama. The session was organized in collaboration with Cercle d’Economia.

The Ambassador began by analyzing the political situation in Poland. After the recent presidential elections on this July 12, an electoral cycle that began in the fall of 2018 ends with the regional and local elections, followed in May 2019 by the European and legislative elections in October 2019. A cycle that will not resume for up to 3 years and that has left the Law and Justice (PiS) party as the clear winner, although it is true that large cities, the Senate and most regions are under the control of the Civic Platform, the main party of the opposition.

In this context, the Ambassador emphasized the importance of the presidential elections. The President is a fundamental part of the Polish institutional framework. Not only does it hold the leadership of the State and, as such, its highest representation abroad, but it also has granted legislative initiative, sanctions the laws, and has veto power that must be overcome by a qualified majority of the Lower House and can submit to the Constitutional Court those bills that it deems contrary to the Constitution. This importance, together with the prevailing political polarization, translated into a strong mobilization of the electorate and a historically high turnout of 68.18% that gave a tight victory to the current President Andrzej Duda.

These elections have reproduced the political map that has been repeating itself in recent years. PiS has preeminence in the east of the country and in small towns, while the opposition wins in the west and in large cities. The political division is not reflected in social life. Poland does not suffer from chronic political violence. The divergences focus on the orientation that should be given to the future of Poland: while the PiS defends a conservative policy aimed at preserving national values, traditions and homogeneity, the Civic Platform opts for a liberal vision of society close to Brussels and Berlin. There are no disagreements about the fundamental historical facts of World War II and the communist regime, nor basically about the need for a close relationship with the US and a strong Atlantic Alliance.



On the social level, the Ambassador stressed that the Polish is a very dynamic society. People have jobs (unemployment is frictional, 6%), life plans, entrepreneurship and the desire to improve. Surveys invariably show that Poles face the future with confidence. This may respond to the recent history of the country, which has led new generations to want to pay tribute to their elders who suffered from war and communism, working for a better country. However, there is also an important cultural debate that, although it divides society, can also enrich it, the Ambassador understands, if a synthesis is achieved that is good for the whole. One of the government's policies that has caused the most friction has been the reform of the justice system. The reform is being analyzed by the different European institutions and, according to HE. Mr. Sanabria, you will only be redirected through the resolutions issued by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

As in other European countries, the coronavirus has also affected Poland. With a first diagnosed on March 4 and the first victim counted on 12, in mid-July the diagnosed amounted to 38,000 and the deceased to 1,600. In order to face this situation, the government took very drastic measures at the beginning, which were progressively attenuated until they became less than the current ones in Spain. The health crisis has not been overcome.

The economy, based on a strong agricultural and industrial sector, has experienced uninterrupted growth during the last 30 years, which allows us to speak of a "Polish miracle". However, like the other European economies, Poland will experience a recession this 2020 due to the pandemic. Recession from which V-shaped recovery is expected in 2021.

In figures, Poland received foreign investment of € 11,818M in 2018, growing 45% compared to 2017. This has been possible, in part, thanks to the creation of the so-called special economic zones, which are characterized by a privileged tax regime which, from this year, will cover practically the entire Polish national territory.



Regarding public works, Poland is in a period of expansion and development of its road and railway infrastructure. They are to highlight the project of the Great Airport Cent ral; a channel in the Odra estuary that empties into the city of Szczecin; and a gas pipeline to bring Norwegian gas through Denmark and the Baltic. In energy terms, Poland is strongly betting on offshore wind energy. They also point to nuclear energy in order to advance in the decarbonisation of their economy. Finally, it is worth noting the rapid digitization of the Polish economy. This is very advanced in the cities and has given rise to important companies such as Allegro, dedicated to electronic commerce, with a turnover higher than Amazon in Spain.

Poland is one of the countries whose citizens are more Europeanists (88%), even more than the Spanish. In the EU, Poland is particularly interested in the development of the common market, in the common agricultural policy and in cohesion policy. In fact, it is the main recipient of funds and will continue to be so in the next financial framework 2021-2027.

However, Poland does not understand that political union should be further deepened. Thus, it is a champion of enlargement, especially as regards the integration of the Western Balkans. Participation in the common currency, the euro, is not on the agenda, since it is understood that convergence with the EU average is still too low (72%). The question will arise when Poland approaches that average, which could occur in the coming years.

The Hon. Mr. Sanabria considered that the relations between Spain and Poland are excellent. From an economic point of view, trade in both directions in 2019 was around € 12,000 million, € 1 million of Poles have visited Spain each of the last three years and Spain is the fifth investor in the country in terms of accumulated stock with a significant presence of Banco Santander, CAF, Ferrovial or Acciona. More than 500 Spanish companies are installed on Polish territory. The Ambassador also highlighted the legislative efforts carried out by the government to facilitate the establishment of new companies and seek to improve the business environment.



At the cultural level, there are more than 60 institutes that offer teaching in Spanish, two Cervantes institutes (in Warsaw and Krakow) and a notable demand and sympathy for the Spanish language and cultures. All this makes Poland a favorable country for Spaniards also for business.

As for political relations, these were considered by the Ambassador as fluid, but susceptible of greater intensity. In the past two years, four bilateral meetings have been held between foreign ministers. Parliamentary forums and government summits are expected to resume in 2021. The latter have been held practically annually since 2003 but were parked in 2017 because of the political interim in Spain.

Finally, Ambassador Sanabria concluded that Poland sees in Spain a partner of interest, who shows respect for what Spain represents, for its history and for its projection in the world. The Ambassador pointed out that in Poland there is a good memory of the "honeymoon" in relations with Spain lived in the years prior to Poland's accession to the European Union, in 2004, which serves as an incentive to develop more if this bilateral relationship fits.



Report prepared by Hipòlit Gabaldà
Student of the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps


Application Process for an official Certificate of Graduation 

2020-2021 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.


Conference on Security and Defence

"NATO 2020: conjunctural or structural crisis.

Diagnosis on NATO on the 70th anniversary"



Organization: CEI International Affairs


With the support of the Secretaría General de Política de Defensa

Spanish Ministry of Defence

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Directed by Dr Pere Vilanova


Date: October 29th 2020

Online format, by Google Meet


NATO 2020: it is about analyzing a crucial future scenario for transatlantic relations, to find out if we are facing a temporary or structural crisis. For this, we propose to make a diagnosis of NATO on its 70th anniversary, on the threshold of presidential elections in United States, which will be crucial for all intents and purposes and also for the Atlantic Alliance.

For this, this Conference will take stock of both the organization as a very useful political instrument during the Cold War and the three decades after its termination. The military operations in which NATO has been involved since 1999 and their impact on the international system will also be analyzed.







18:10 h. – 18:50 h. ROUND TABLE: 

NATO 2020: temporary or structural crisis. Diagnosis on NATO on the 70th anniversary



Evaluation of the evolution of NATO

Dr Pere Vilanova, Professor of Political Science and Administration, University of Barcelona.



Balance of the military operations in which NATO has been involved since 1999

Colonel Jose Luis Calvo Albero, Colonel of infantry of the Spanish Army.



Moderator: Mr Jordi Quero, Professor, CEI International Affairs.



18:50h. – 19:00 h. QUESTION TIME



19:00h. – 19:10 h. CONFERENCE CLOSING 






Date: October 29th 2020

Modality: Online format, by Google Meet

Enrolment: To attend the Conference it is essential to register here. Registration will be essential to receive the link of the online session.

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. 

The 2019-2020 Promotion of the Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations has had the honor of being the first in many aspects: The first Official Master's promotion, the first Liriodendron tulipifera tree in the CEI ... but, above all, the first to experience many changes due to a global pandemic.


The 2019-2020 Promotion has finished its Master classes in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, adapting perfectly to the 100% online teaching methodology.


They did not resign themselves and asked to celebrate their graduation, how could it be and when could it be: With a mask, reduced capacity, without catering, with a staggered arrival ... and they did it!



With the consent of the Department of Institutional Relations and Protocol of the University of Barcelona, ​​a very special and emotional graduation could be held, following the strict protocol security rules.


The graduation included the parliaments of:


  • Dr. Àngel Pes, Director of the CEI International Affairs


  • Dra. Helena Torroja, Academic Director of the CEI


  • Dr. Miguel Ángel Elizalde, Executive Director of the Master 2019-2020


  • The closing conference by HE. Mr. Grammenos Mastrojeni, Italian Diplomat and Deputy Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean.


  • The speech of the students by Mrs. Núria Iglesias Ollé, Delegate for the Human Security Itinerary within the Master in Diplomacy and International Organizations.



The CEI will always be your home, good luck in your internships!


Your promotion will never be forgotten!


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

CONFERENCE: “Fragilities and frictions in the global economy: Diagnostic and implications”


Organization: CEI International Affairs

With the collaboration of: "La Caixa", the Master in Internationalization UB and the Master Financial Markets UB


Date: 2nd October

Available here: https://youtu.be/AkeezltXrJg



"The risks they plan on the global economy are as diverse as they are relevant and their eventual implications are far beyond the strictly economic or business spheres. On the one hand, economic growth has been the lowest since 2009 in 2019, reopening discussions about "secular stagnation". International trade and the expansion of global value chains experienced a slowdown even before the escalation of trade tensions since early 2018. Doubts about the extent to which the financial fragility that led a decade ago to the crisis had been "repaired" has reopened in view of the evolution of debt volume and quality, evaluating unimaginable scenarios a few years ago such as the persistence of negative interest rates or the emergence of private global digital currencies. Scientific-technological advances raise, in first term, as many hopes for progress and secondly, as misgivings about how their "dividends" and human-machine relations will be distributed, accentuating socio-political fears and misgivings. At the time, concerns about sustainability dimensions advance in public preoccupations and agendas. Having clear diagnoses is especially important in facing complex realities as those now faced, as well as evaluating the polyhedral scopes of their implications, as a basis for proposing lines of adequacy and action. This is the ambitious goal of the 2020 Macaya Conference."






  • Laura Mas, CEI International Affairs Deputy Director.
  • Juan Tugores, Director of the Conference.


11:00 h. – 12:30 h. ROUNDTABLE: "Frailties and frictions in the global economy: Diagnosis and implications”

  • Federico Steinberg, Principal researcher at the Real Instituto Elcano.
  • Joan Tristany, General Director of AMEC.
  • Aurèlia Mañé, delegate of the rector of international relations and expert in energy and Arab countries.


Moderator: Juan Tugores, Professor of Economics at the University of Barcelona.







Date: 2nd October 2020


Modality: Online


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



“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.

Have you ever considered focusing your career on Sustainable Development? If so, you will like to know if it is a good time to train in sustainability.

Dr Àngel Pes, Director of the CEI International Affairs and former President of the Spanish Network of the Global Compact answers your questions:








You will know in depth all the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda, which will prepare you to have the knowledge necessary to make an effective transition to sustainability, enabling you to respond urgently and effectively to the challenge of climate change.





The academic program of the Master in Sustainable Development will cover the 17 SDGs and the current COVID 19 global crisis: 


  • Sustainable Development Economy
  • Inclusive Sustainable Development and the SDGs
  • Sustainable development and climate change


For this we will have highly qualified teachers, from the academic field (both social and natural sciences) and from the business field, with the best experts in the sector.






By completing the Master’s degree in Sustainable Development (blended learning), among others, you will be able to develop your career in:


  • 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).
  • Officer at a non-governmental organization in the field of development cooperation, the environment or the protection of human rights.
  • Sustainability manager at a national or international company.



Do not hesitate and find out now about the Master’s degree in Sustainable Development! The Master will start in September 2020 (academic year 2020-2021), and will have a degree from the University of Barcelona.

We are pleased to announce that it has already been made official that there will be a 2nd edition* of the successful European Proposal Writing course, with an Expert Title issued by the University of Barcelona (15 ECTS).


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In the first edition of the course, a dozen professionals (from the public sector, university, private companies and entrepreneurs) are being trained on European Proposals jects related to innovation and technology, obtaining professional knowledge in relation to the persuasive writing of European projects to achieve European funding.





On January 28, Dr María José Borreguero will offer an online workshop in which she will talk about European funding opportunities, and solve all doubts about Horizon Europe and Next Generation EU.


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 Enrollment here. Space is limited





The classes of the 2nd edition of this course will begin on April 6, 2021. The program of the course will go through the foundations of innovation in the European environment, the writing of European proposals and a closing practicum.


Classes will take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6.30pm to 9pm, online.


Enrollment is now open! See more information.


One of the strengths of the course is based on the teaching staff. This 2nd edition of the course will once again have expert evaluators of European financing programs such as Horizon Europe, Eurostars-Eureka, EIT Europe or Innowide.


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These experts include Dr. Jaume Valls Pasola, professor in the Department of Business Management at the UB and former director of the Barcelona Entrepreneurship Institute (BIE), Irene Sánchez, Business Creation Manager at EIT Health Spain, based at the PCB and Fèlix Arias, Expert evaluator in the European EIC Accelerator program, among others.


The course is directed by Dr. María José Borreguero, CEO of Arian International Projects, mentor, and expert evaluator of the European Horizon 2020 programs: SME Instrument and FTI; Eurostars-EUREKA; EIT-Health, EIT-Innoenergy and EIT Urban Mobility. 

Would you like to be an expert in European Projects? Become the professional your company needs!


With the Course on European Projects you will specialize in the European environment and we will guide you in the design of the financing strategy with European funds, as well as in the presentation of a proposal.



Financing options


  • Discounted course fees for Spanish companies through FUNDAE (antigua F. Tripartita).


Tuition Express Loan: Total term of 10 months, 0% interest rate (APR from 6.90% to 11.92%), 3% opening commission (minimum € 50). No study fees, amortization or cancellation.



Starting in October 2020, we started this new online training, which will allow you to learn how to formulate European projects with the most prestigious experts evaluators of European innovation aid programs, such as:



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What will this online course consist of?


Through the learning by doing methodology, which ensures practical use of the classes, master classes will be taught in streaming on the following areas:


  • "Innovation in the European environment"
  • "Drafting of European Projects"
  • "Writing Persuasive Proposals in English"
  • "Practical training" for drafting a clear, concise proposal focused on the criteria of the call.

The distinctive character of this course has one of its bases in preparing students to prepare proposals in English, with an exclusive module dedicated to persuasive writing in English, something totally pioneering in courses of this type.


To access the course you must prove the level of English (minimum B2). 



What degree will I get?


Those who attend the course, who pass the tests, will obtain the Expert Title (for university graduates) in European Project Writing issued by the University of Barcelona (UB).


Those without a previous university degree may obtain an extension certificate.

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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We are so proud of all our students!

The lists of successful candidates in the 4 exercises of the oppositions to the Diplomatic Career is already public, and 3 of our students are among those who passed: Guillem Manso García, Andrés de Zulueta de la Riba and Tomás Miquel Riba Núñez. All of them have been trained at the CE, between 2 and 3 years before passing the competitive examination.

8.1% of CEI Diplomats in the 72nd Promotion of the Diplomatic Career:





This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic in the middle of the oppositions, which could not be retaken until the end of June, our students have shown their great dedication and commitment to the Opposition.

After preparing all the Opposition tests, our students took the 4 tests: question test; text commentary and interview; language exam; and oral presentation of the agenda.

Evolution of CEI candidates and general candidates in the Opposition:





We are extremely proud to say that the percentage of CEI students submitted to the Opposition is 4.83% and the percentage of CEI students who have got a Diplomatic post 8.1%:





The competitive examination to Join the Diplomatic Corps works as established in the BOE, for this year, the call was 37 places, 2 of them reserved for people who have a recognized degree of general disability equal to or greater than 33%. These 37 places are those that have been contested in a first phase, which consists of 4 tests, which are what have led 3 of our students to overcome this part of the opposition.

Now, the next phase consists of an eminently practical selective course at the Diplomatic School of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation.

Our most sincere congratulations to Guillem, Andrés and Tomás for their great work!

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You will know in depth all the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda, which will prepare you to have the knowledge necessary to make an effective transition to sustainability, enabling you to respond urgently and effectively to the challenge of climate change.





The academic program of the Master in Sustainable Development will cover the 17 SDGs and the current COVID 19 global crisis: 


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Students from the professional world will have to complete a project that can be implemented at a company or institution.






By completing the Master’s degree in Sustainable Development (blended learning), among others, you will be able to develop your career in:


  • 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).


  • Officer at a non-governmental organization in the field of development cooperation, the environment or the protection of human rights.


  • Sustainability manager at a national or international company.





It is an Institution-specific Master’s degree in Sustainable Development (blended learning), which will start in September 2020 (course 2020-2021), awarded by the University of Barcelona, managed by the CEI International Affairs, affiliated centre to the UB.



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The CEI offers 2 more options to find out how to access the EU funding programmes:


  • Technician: European Proposal Writing (225-hour course, with CEI International Affairs Certificate). Dates: May 13, to July 30.


  • European innovation funding programmes (75-hour course, with CEI International Affairs Certificate). Dates: April 6, to May 11.



SYLLABUS: Technician: European Proposal Writing


  • The course Technician: European Proposal Writing (225h) is divided in:


- Introduction to writing European proposals

 - Key aspects of European proposal writing

- Evaluation of a proposal

- Writing Persuasive Proposals in English




SYLLABUS: European innovation funding programmes


  • The course European innovation funding programmes (75h) is divided in:


- Innovation and the Triple Helix (Entrepreneurship and value creation. Knowledge Innovation Communities).

- European R&D and innovation funding (Horizon Europe framework programmes, innovation agencies, innovation funding programmes).






  • Technician: European Proposal Writing: Those attending the course will obtain a Certificate from the CEI International Affairs.


  • European innovation funding programmes: Those attending the course will obtain a Certificate from the CEI International Affairs.



Duration and schedule


The dates and times of these courses will coincide with those of the European Proposal Writing course. Students unable to follow and participate in the sessions will be able to view them later.





  • Technician: European Proposal Writing:Spanish and English (minimum english level: B2)


  • European innovation funding programmes: Spanish





The registration period is open. Enrolment in the courses may be completed until 26 March 2021. To enroll in these courses, contact the CEI directly (info@ceibcn.com).





The CEI programs for the next academic year will be adapted to the blended or online modality as a consequence of the exceptional circumstances derived from the global pandemic. This means that, if the situation requires it, our programs can take place virtually, without losing the personalized and professional character that characterizes our training offer.



Students who cancel their registration before the start of or during the course will not receive a refund of the registration fee except in duly justified cases of force majeure. The Centre for International Studies reserves the right to cancel the course if the minimum number of students is not reached.



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On 25 February, the CEI’s International Classroom took place with the Ambassador of Spain to Peru, H.E. Mr. Ernesto de Zulueta Habsburg-Lorena. The session was organized in collaboration with the Cercle d'Economia.


The ambassador began his presentation by pointing out that Peru is possibly on the doorstep of a cycle change after the social riots that have rocked the Latin American continent during 2019, coupled with the political will to break ties with a corruption that has led the last four former presidents to be convicted, charged or become fugitives from justice. This change will coincide with the celebration in 2021 of both the bicentenary of the country's independence and the presidential elections.


He then defined the recent political context of the nation. The ambassador took office in 2015 with the 2016 Peruvian pre-election campaign, which was to enable the 4th democratic-era presidential respite after Fujimori. He wished to emphasize that it was the first time that the two final candidates for the presidency coincided with the current economic model and in order to reduce the social inequality that continues to hurt Peruvian society. After an economic dynamism that had led to a triple in GDP per capita since the beginning of 2000 and with the apparent political consensus, the 2016 elections were hopeful but President Kuczynski would eventually resign in March 2018 dotted with the Odebrecht corruption case.


Vice President Martín Vizcarra then took office leading a government mired in a political crisis that has been marked by the constant confrontation with the Legislative, controlled by the Fujimorista Popular Force party, as well as the shock caused for the uncovering of the bribery network in the judicial elites (Lava Jato case) and the new revelations of the Odebrecht case, for the impact by the revocation of Fujimori's pardon, and for the emergence of populism both messianic (THE FREPAP) and nationalist (Union for Peru).




Vizcarra has even had to overcome a vote of confidence, but its firm commitment to fighting corruption and its proposals for political and judicial reforms have led it to maintain unprecedented levels of popular approval among the last presidents. However, being constrained by the obstructionism of the Congress, he dissolved it in September last year and called early congressional elections last month. The results have given a fractional hemicycle but it has undermined the weight of fujimorism so it is hoped that it will now be able to continue with its draft constitutional reform that posed, inter alia, the monitoring of party financing to increase transparency or the elimination of congressional re-election.


Mr. Zulueta Habsburgo-Lorena noted that closing the important economic gap between Lima and the other regions and reflecting the good health of macroeconomic data into real social improvements are also presented as political challenges.


It then proceeded to present the economic context highlighting the high annual average growth over the past two decades (about 6% until 2013, just over 3% from then until 2018), its low inflation, contractual stability and enviable strategic position, making it the 5th most attractive country for investment in the region and has led it to number 72 according to the index of global competitiveness of the World Economic Forum and to call for admission to the OECD.


According to the ambassador, another dynamic aspect of Peru's economy is its defense of multilateralism and free trade that is reflected in the trade agreements it has signed with more than two dozen countries, the economic complementation agreement with Mercosur , its membership in the Pacific Alliance and the WTO, its subscription of the Trans-Pacific Agreement (TPP) or the 2013 Multipart Agreement with the EU which liberalises 95% of bilateral trade.


EmbEspPeruAs weaknesses in its economic structure he mentioned dependence on raw materials, institutional weakness, social inequality, regional disparities, high informality exceeding 70%, and deficit in infrastructure and innovation.


In terms of future forecasting, the country is expected to grow at an average rate of 4.4% between 2020 and 2030 backed by economic policies that improve competitiveness and productivity, and reforms that serve to continue attracting private investment, increase enforcement of public investment, ensuring legal certainty, simplifying administrative barriers and increasing tax transparency. The ambassador is optimistic and believes that in this context great opportunities open up for Spanish companies, pending the signing of a double taxation agreement.


Spain has been a permanent investor in the Peruvian territory since the 1990s. And in fact, it leads the ranking in relation to the accumulated balance of foreign direct investment, focusing especially on the telecommunications, financial services and oil and gas extraction sectors. Currently there are more than 400 Spanish companies established in Peru, among which are almost all of the IBEX and progressively with the internationalization of SMEs, these have also been entering the market. In the trade area, the bilateral balance is in deficit for Spain, with the coverage rate normally around 40%. On the other hand, he noted that Spain's observer status in the Pacific Alliance allows him to act on two axes: boosting the Peruvian internal market and as an internationalization base for the Alliance in the EU and Africa.


Another key aspect that was mentioned is that the sectors with the best prospects to undertake projects are infrastructure, water and sanitation services, agro-exportation, the circular economy, education and health services.


Finally, the rapporteur gave a recommendation to facilitate the performance of SMEs in Peru which he invited to take into account the difference between the two countries with regard to the maturation periods of the projects and to always include in contracts the arbitration clauses conflicts.



Report prepared by Inés Casado Montes

Sudent of the Preparation to Join the Diplomatic Corps.


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