In the last nine years, the BIPC has become a leading international training center thanks to the consolidation of its agreements and commitments with highly reputed academic institutions and visiting lecturers. In addition, an increasing number of international organizations and institutions are interested in partnering with the Peace Center to carry out new training courses and initiatives in Barcelona.
Year after year, the training offer increased in number of courses and number of participants. Demand for the courses outstripped the number of available seats by more than 2 to 1. Candidates were carefully selected by the academic staff in collaboration with the BIPC to ensure a good mix and balance of participants.
Given the enormous importance of having an adequate mix of participants in the courses, the BIPC and the academic partners offer a number of full or partial scholarships for participants from local NGOs, government officials, and peace negotiators from countries with ongoing or recent conflicts.
From 2009 to 2017, the BIPC has organised more than 95 international training courses for more than 2180 participants of over 120 different nationalities.
Among participants, male students 55% have outnumbered female students 45%. Almost half of the participants were aged over 40 (48%); 44% were aged between 30 and 40 and just 8% were under 30.
In all, 27% of the participants were from government institutions, 24% were from NGOs, 19% were working with UN agencies, 12% came from other international organizations and 18% were from universities, research, private sector and others.
Participants contributed their direct experience to the training. Over half of the participants worked in countries with ongoing or recent conflicts, namely, Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burma, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Serbia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Sudan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Uganda, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.
The rest were working in support operations within the framework of international peace and humanitarian aid missions in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Gambia, Germany, Guatemala, Guinea, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Philippines, Peru, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tanzania, Togo, Turkey, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela, and Zambia.