May 27, 2010 11:05
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade announced on Tuesday it will recruit 50 new diplomats per year through a one-year, non-degree program at a diplomatic academy from 2013. The current exam for recruiting diplomats will be abolished.
A ministry official said, "From 2012 we will admit 60 students through resume screening, a written exam, and two rounds of interviews. After a year of training at the diplomatic academy, 50 will be hired as diplomats."
Until now the selection process has been primarily focused on the results of the written exam, but under the new system greater weight will be placed on the qualities needed to be a diplomat, the official added.
The admission process will have two tracks. General admission will be open to anyone with at least a university degree, while special admission will accept those fluent in English, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, French or German, or those with expertise in specific regions or fields such as trade, energy, and disarmament. There will be no age limit or academic restrictions in the special admission track.
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