The Academy is housed in the historic building popularly known as "Sugandha," 22 Baily Road, Dhaka. Adjacent to the lush green Ramna Park and Hotel Rupashi Bangla, the Academy is located in close vicinity of The Chief Advisor's Official Residence, Chief Justices' residence, Residential blocks of high govt. officials, Officers Club, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka University, National Press Club and Theatre District of Dhaka city.
This building was built during the British period and was used for various purposes. During the 1960s H.M. Queen Elizabeth stayed in this premise and later on it was used as the President's House. After Independence it was used as "Gonobhaban"-Prime Minister's Office and subsequently renamed as "Sughandha" which was later converted to FSA in 1996. The Academy consists of administrative offices and library on the first floor, Seminar / Lecture room, specialized IT lab and the dining room on the ground floor. The Residential accommodation for the trainee officers is located near the entrance. The necessary facilities required for proper functioning of the Academy especially a multi purpose hall and gymnasium for sports are being arranged and processed with the relevant authorities.
The Foreign Service Academy (FSA) was established in 1996 for enabling the Bangladesh Foreign Service Officers to become effective Diplomats in a changing world Scenario. Earlier in 1980 this training was provided by FATI and which was later merged with the BCS (Admin) Academy. Subsequently the necessity was felt for an independent Foreign Service Academy to impart specialized knowledge of core disciplines relevant to Foreign Service career, and so it came into being. Since its inception the Academy has conducted 16 (Sixteen) Specialized Courses and trained 144 officers. The Academy also regularly organizes Training Seminars, Short Courses and Round Table Discussions on various subjects relating to Diplomacy, Foreign Policy and important current Topics. It also organizes diplomatic orientation program for heads of mission and officers of GoB.
- TRAIN the Officers to enhance and upgrade knowledge and skills on Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
- GROOM the Officers to become efficient and effective diplomats and
- DEVELOP professionalism and excellence in working.
The aim of the diplomatic Training Course covering the core subjects is to deepen and widen the mental horizon of the participants so that they are better equipped to face the various issues of Diplomacy & International Relations.
This is a ''continuous education process'' for diplomats. The Programme, emphasizing participatory approach, will particularly focus on subject that is considered as essential tools for a diplomat to carry out their assignments at Missions and in the Ministry.