Leaders for Interreligious Understanding Progam


LIU program aims to build the cognitive, behavioral and entrepreneurial capacities of young European and Arab leaders in managing religious diversity and to develop their role as change agents for social cohesion and peace-building within and between societies. This is reached through a cross-cultural dialogue and integrative formation process, with a framework of partnership and common initiatives as well as within a multi-faith and international network.

Training Seminar and Online course
Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Jordan and Denmark
4 months

The Advantage

Participants Background

Academic background:


Career Level:

Mid- level leaders in Education, Politics, Religion, Media or Civil society


Academic Advantage

Academic outcomes:

  1. To obtain theoretical insight into extremism
  2. To draw on the experiences of all the participants to reflect on the practical experiences and local contexts of extremism.
  3. To define interfaith dialogue beyond the formal and classical channels, tackling together contemporary issues related to religion and public affairs, through building mutual understanding.


Career Advancement

Personal and professional outcomes:

On the personal and professional levels this program allows participants to:

  • Efficiently communicate in intercultural and inter-religious settings.
  • Develop their online skills (related to e-learning platforms and visibility on social media pages)
  • Develop their leadership and team work skills,
  • Experience an international exposure,
  • Receive a certificate as “Senior Leader for Inter-religious Understanding and countering extremism”, after successfully completing the totality of the program


  • Ghada Ghazal - Syria - Teacher at Al-Andaluse Institute for Islamic Studies

    Syria is passing through crucial times, and we need to be prepared to bring people together again, help them to overcome feelings of hatred and revenge and start building together a peaceful society. My contribution would be, based on what we learned in LIU, to organize workshops and seminars for interreligious dialogue, stimulating encounters between people from different religious backgrounds, teaching the courses I followed in LIU, without forgetting to publish in various media channels (blog, TV…) about this experience.

Program Details

Religion and Extremism: Sources and Responses for a Contemporary Challenge

The e-course is divided into 6 modules:

Module 1: What is Extremism?

Module 2: Sources of Extremism: Global and Political Contexts

Module 3: Religion and Extremism

Module 4: Religious Extremism: Case Studies

Module 5: Responses and Resources

Module 6: How to Counter-Act?


Training Seminar:

The seminar allows participants to

  • build skills of intercultural communication and interreligious dialogue
  • Acquire the fundamentals of Non-Violent communication to counter extremism
  • Strengthen their leadership skills in intercultural and interreligious environments
  • Analyze the criteria for interfaith mediation and conflict transformation
  • Acquire hands on methodologies for leaders in diverse societies in countering extremism
  • Acquire skills for designing Successful Community Interventions in peace building and countering extremism

Face to face seminar -2015
The 5 day face-to-face seminar has the practical aim to have the participants develop with the help of experts, a tool that can be used for the promotion of ideas, values and attitudes able to face extremism and extremist ideas.

Notes: This course is currently not open for the public


Fees and Scholarships


$7,673  for the overall program per person (e-course, face-to-face seminar and local activities)


Full scholarship provided to selected participants. Funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Danish Arab Partnership Program


The launching of the upcoming course will be announced 3 months before the course starts
Adriana Bou Diwan (Ms.), project coordinator 

  • Be a national of the following program countries: Lebanon, Syria, Denmark, Egypt and Jordan.
  • be between the age of 25 and 35 years of age.
  • Have a proficient capacity in English in writing and speaking.
  • Have a background or experience in one of the following fields: religion, politics, civil society, media (new and mainstream), and education. Applicants from other fields can apply.
  • Have significant demonstrated leadership skills and are capable of reaching others in their professional and social fields and circles to promote the program’s concept.
  • Believe in the role of interreligious dialogue and collaboration in enhancing mutual understanding and peace-building within and between Danish and Arab societies and in the role of young leaders from various fields in countering extremism.



Adyan – Lebanon
Culture and Dialogue (FDCD) – Lebanon and Syria
Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS) - Egypt