The Foreign Service Institute of Maldives (FOSIM) was established on 16 January 2014, by the President of the Maldives, His Excellency Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom under the administrative structure of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and formally registered at the Department of Higher Education, as a diplomatic training institute with the central aim of promoting efficiency and professionalism in the Maldives foreign service sector. The Institute conducts training on: enhancing knowledge and skills on foreign affairs, professional skill development and undertakes policy research; thus helps in the creation of a vibrant foreign service cadre in the country.


To become a centre of excellence for diplomatic training and skill development.


To be a reputed national Institute for nurturing a professional foreign service corps and undertake research on pertinent foreign policy issues.


The functions of the Institute are: provide specialized skill development training of foreign service officers and in-service career development training of mid-career diplomats and executives, as required by the changing needs of the foreign service; organize and conduct the foreign service exam and foreign service promotion exam; promote learning and acquisition of languages essential for a more effective and efficient diplomacy with bilateral and international partners; stimulate awareness and debate amongst government institutions on foreign policy issues facing the Maldives; undertake research and analysis on priority issues in the Maldives foreign policy; and provide policy alternatives for the foreign policy process including goal setting, policy formulation, decision making, policy enactment, policy management, policy assessment and evaluation.