Establishing an Agreement
The International Affairs Office is in charge of establishing collaborative agreements for UNIGE and all its sub-entities. Members of the academic community who wish to develop an agreement are requested to contact the Office to evaluate the collaborative project and support its implementation. Existing agreements can be views in the Panorama database.
UNIGE generally doesn't sign agreements for isolated or short-term collaboration initiatives. Existing academic relationships and solid mid-term perspectives for collaboration must be at the basis of the process.
Collaboration agreements can take different forms, as a function of the scope and nature of planned activities:
- SEMP agreements: exchange programme for students and professors from the European Union, the EEA, Turkey, Macedonia and Croatia
- Institutional agreements concerning the whole University, agreements limited to a specific faculty or center: for all other exchange programmes not covered by SEMP programmes
One of the core missions of the UNIGE International Affairs Office is to maintain and develop UNIGE's global reach by establishing new partnerships all over the world. Furthermore, UNIGE is actively looking towards emerging markets and countries with rapidly growing higher education sectors.
To this end, the International Affairs Office has carried out preliminary mappings of the tertiary education sector in several key countries where UNIGE has yet to establish a strong presence (PDF downloads can be found on the right).The purpose of these mappings is to provide recommendations for collaboration and identify potential partners that UNIGE could seek to collaborate with.
These mappings provide an overview of:
- The structure of university sector
- The historical development of the university sector
- Recent trends
- Governance and regulation
- National research funding and priorities
- UNIGE’s agreements and interactions with universities in the country
- Foreign universities that are present in the country
Moreover, as part of its international strategy, UNIGE seeks to position itself as a key actor in the field of development and cooperation, capable of bridging the gap between academia and the world of policy. Being located in Geneva, an international hub that plays host to a multitude of International Organisations (IOs), Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and permanent missions, has meant that over time UNIGE has forged strong links with Geneva’s international community and collaborated in a variety of different development projects.
In 2012, the International Affairs Office carried out a survey to identify the various development projects that the academic community at UNIGE were involved in (a report based on the survey results can downloaded on the right). The survey found that UNIGE academics were involved in 157 different projects with a total budget of CHF 17 million. The vast majority of this funding came from different entities of the Swiss government and went towards projects related to science and medicine.