Diploma of Reconstruction


The Diploma of Reconstruction, certified by the Sabahattin Zaim University (Turkey) and Medipol University (Turkey), and supervised by the International Relations Academy (IRA), is a professional diploma that develops builds capacity and enhances expertise on the issues, objectives, plans, policies and programs of reconstruction in post-natural disasters or political conflicts regions, through key themes, including: Introduction to Reconstruction, Legal and Constitutional Reconstruction, Reconstruction of Security Institutions, Reconstruction of Political and Administrative Institutions, and Economic Reconstruction

The diploma program is presented by a selection of academics, experts, and specialists in reconstruction from Turkey and Arab countries.

Second: Significance of the Diploma

Reconstruction is a temporary special mission within the framework of a comprehensive, integrated and sustainable development process. Strategies and accumulated experiences point to a predominant focus on the physical aspect of the reconstruction process with the provision of associated technical and managerial skills. However, the invisible factors – i.e. the social, political and institutional dynamics that shape the reconstruction process following crises or conflicts and the associated path – are no less important.

This program therefore highlights the significance of paying attention to the post-conflict reconstruction and development processes, and using them as an opportunity to reorganize the affected State and society and their social, political and economic transformations; that promotion of human security is at the heart of reconstruction and development activities; and the need to maintain these policies within a comprehensive context for seeking peace, security and coexistence.

Third: Diploma Curriculum

The Diploma program includes 5 courses (4 courses + graduation project), within the framework of a holistic vision of the concept of reconstruction (analytical, strategic, legal, administrative, political, economic, security), as follows:

1) Reconstruction: Strategies and Experiences

 - Dimensions of the concept of reconstruction

 - The concept of reconstruction

 - Stages of reconstruction

 - Elements of Reconstruction

 - Reconstruction strategies:

o   Bio-propagation strategy

o   Conflict prevention strategy

o   Strategy to strengthen institutional capital and civil society (capacity building)

o   Post-war reconstruction from a networking perspective.

o   Reconstruction strategies.

o   Principles of reconstruction strategies (important rules for reconstruction in Syria)

o   Developing and implementing reconstruction strategies

o   Time frame for reconstruction strategy

 - Experiences and experiences in reconstruction

o   European and American experiences (Marshall model, Germany, Poland, Kosovo, etc.)

o   Arab and regional experiences (Lebanon, Iraq, Gaza, etc.)

o   Asian and African experiences (Rwanda, Somalia, Afghanistan, etc.)

2) Political dimensions of reconstruction

 Management of political transition

 Building political structures

 Centralization and local governance

 Strengthening the role of civil society

 Citizenship and coexistence


 Community reconciliation

 Transitional justice

 Managing political diversity

 The role of international organizations in reconstruction

3) Security dimensions of reconstruction

 Evolution of the concept of security

 Reintegration of warriors

 The role of central government in achieving security

 The role of municipalities in achieving security during reconstruction stages.

 The role of civil society organizations in achieving security.

 The role of international and regional actors in achieving security.

4) Economic dimensions of reconstruction

 The status of economic system after conflicts

 Key economic structures and how to develop them

 Rebuilding financial institutions

 Reconstruction funding sources

 The role of the Central Bank in reconstruction

 Public finance in construction stages.

 Political economy for reconstruction

 Economic priorities for reconstruction

 Damage assessment after the war

 Types of assessment and post-disaster surveys

 The significance of reconstruction planning

 Architecture trends after wars

 Post-war housing reconstruction

 Application models for post-disaster reconstruction projects

 Actors in the reconstruction process

 International financial institutions and reconstruction

 5) Graduation Project

Each participant is obliged to submit a graduation project on one of the research topics covered in the diploma.

Fourth: Assessment

Assessment criteria includes student attendance and commitment, and his/her ability to connect and analyze the relation between theories they study in the curriculum and methods of practice. Each student shall submit a graduation project for one of the courses he studied. There is also an assessment exam that depends on providing answers to analytical and multiple-choice questions that develop students’ ability to analyze, explain, and predict.  Assessment for each subject goes as follows:

20% for attendance and participation,

30% for papers and assignments, and

50% for the final written examination.

Fifth: Study Program

-  The student studies 5 subjects, and each subject has 10 lectures.

- Each lecture lasts two hours, with a total of 100 teaching hours, plus 20 practical research hours (for the Graduation Project).

- Lectures are delivered two days a week, two lectures a day on a regular basis at IRA’s headquarters and transmitted online to residents outside Turkey.

- There is an online written exam for all students at the end of the program.

- Students obtain electronic copies of the most important sources of courses.

- Teaching methodology: lectures, presentations, assignments, team work, brainstorming, and research project.

Sixth: Registration

- The subscription fee is U.S. $500 payable upon registration.

- Subscription fees do not include fees of the certificate accredited by the Turkish University

- Registration link is here

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