The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva is an institution of higher education and research. Alongside master and doctoral programmes, the Graduate Institute offers short courses in January, June and July, called Winter and Summer Programmes. The current thematics on offer are:
International Affairs and Multilateral Governance, with a focus Security,
Human Rights and Humanitarian Actions: graduateinstitute.ch/summeraffairs
WTO, International Trade and Development: graduateinstitute.ch/summertrade
United Nations and Global Challenges: graduateinstitute.ch/winter
These short courses are available for credits (equivalent to 6 to 9 ECTS, more info: graduateinstitute.ch/credentials) and participants come for a varied disciplinary background. Distinguished speakers are invited from International Organisations and NGO's in Geneva, such as the Chief of Cabinet of the Director General of the United Nations, or the Director of the World Trade Organisation. Lectures and visits enable participants to discover International Geneva firsthand.
MUNPlanet: For the ones in a hurry, how would you define the aim of the program in one sentence?
Understand the latest issues in global governance by meeting with international practitioners and debating with students from all over the world.
MUNPlanet: Students attend programs such as yours to improve some of their existing skills or Acquire the new ones altogether. What are some key skills that the participants will be able to improve/acquire by attending your program?
Grasp the complexity decision-making processes of
Receive the latest knowledge on current global
issues such as human rights, humanitarian actions, migration, and environment
Improve intercultural communication skills through
debate and role play with international students
MUNPlanet: Geneva as the city has a history that dates back more than four thousand years. After the classes, what can it offer to the students in regards of social activities and sightseeing?
Geneva offers more than International Organisations's tour and a magnificent lakeside. It also offers numbers of secure pedestrian walks in the Old Town, access to museums such as jewelry, contemporary arts, watchmakers such as Patek Philippe, nice cafés and terrace to enjoy views on the Mont Blanc and fine Swiss cheese or chocolates. Shuttle boats are a nice and cheap way to see the city from the lake side. Hiking and skiing is easily accessible in the nearby mountains. More ideas: www.geneve.com
MUNPlanet: 40% of Geneva’s residents come from outside the Switzerland. This makes it the most international city in the world. Is international diversity important to you and your program?
Last year students from 23 countries worldwide did participate in the Summer Programmes. Not only do participants learn a lot about each other, but they benefit from this unique opportunity to network and create sustainable bonds! To see where our participants come from: graduateinstitute.ch/summer-participants-profiles
MUNPlanet: Who can be described as a perfect candidate? What is their academic background, what are their interests, etc.
Participants are usually senior undergraduate and graduate students. The programmes are also open to young professionals who would like to strengthen their understanding of international affairs.
MUNPlanet: Where are your previous participants now?
They returned to their home universities. About one third of them applied to our master programmes in international affairs, development studies, history, law or economics: graduateinstitute.ch/masters
MUNPlanet: It takes a lot to create memorable summer program, what is usually a job of organizing team. Tell us more about yours and share a few tips every organizer must know
A participants’ online portal provides our participants with useful information upon confirmation of their admission on how to best organize their stay in Geneva (list of accommodation, a participants’ handbook and tips). If necessary, students may request our assistance for their visa application. About one month prior to the beginning of the programme, preparatory materials will be provided. The portal also includes a detailed programme, the syllabus, list of bios of our speakers, the team, a programme on social events and updates.
MUNPlanet: Could you briefly go through both of the programs?
international institutions of multilateral trade such as the World Trade
Organisation and UNCTAD
Affairs: Understanding international organisations as well as Global
Governance of human rights and humanitarian action, health and environment and
Nations: discuss in depth the challenges faced by the organisation
MUNPlanet: How do you see new technologies, especially communities such as MUNPlanet, changing the landscape of knowledge and education in the coming years?
The social learning experience becomes more important and we want to ensure our participants benefit from the latest technological resources to remain connected before, during and after the programmes. Our partnership with MUNPlanet fits this approach.
MUNPlanet: Will unlimited chocolate be included in the fee?
A series of social and festive events are integral part of the experience (more info about the social programme: graduateinstitute.ch/summersocialprogramme). Surely no one will leave without discovering some of the Swiss delicious chocolate!
MUNPlanet: What is the most important lesson that you want your participants to leave with once program is over?
Global issues are complex and cannot be solved easily but as young global leaders, they can make a difference!