The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) was established in the 1950s, to offer a broad based program of professional training for the young entrants to the Foreign Service of Liberia. As an intellectual institute for training and research, the Institute has the mandate to create a program conducive for the exchange of ideas on the political underpinnings of global economic relations, cultural diversities, integration, and the issue of conflict. The programs of the Institute are geared at providing intellectual orientation for Liberian Foreign Service Officers and Diplomats and also provide a penetrating insight and understanding of continental and the culture of foreign policy formulation and implementation.
Students at the Institute are trained free of charge in basic computer literacy and Internet program. At the Institute, Foreign Languages are taught to the future diplomats. Our language program contains French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish. The rationale attached to the impartation of Foreign Languages to our students is that, in the context of diplomacy, there is no 'border'. One of the admirable qualities of a good diplomat is to be knowledgeable of the culture and native tongues of other countries. Another comprehensive quality of the Institute is that it conducts refresher and orientation courses to employees; foreign service officers, and other who are desirous of the program and want to benefit from the training.
What makes the program at the Institute so interesting is that, experienced and academically inclined Foreign Diplomats and Representatives of International Organizations accredited near the nation's capital, serve as Guest Lecturer on various topics in the areas of economics, politics, social, culture, and dialectics. These lectures, which are usually provided during special seminar programs organized by the Institute, are conduit to the course incentives and sensitized the beneficiaries. Some of the specific topics touched in our seminar programs include Human Right, Good governance, Security, Conflict Resolution, Reconciliation, the dynamics of International Negotiation, etc, etc.
These and other immeasurable hints of the Foreign Service Institute make it attractively competitive and comparable to those of its contemporaries in the global setting.