The GSS

The City of Geneva - International & Multicultural

The University of Geneva, founded in 1559, stands out as one of the 100 best universities in the world and one of the 20 best research universities in Europe.

You will get the opportunity to experience Geneva's dynamic, multicultural and international environment and you will be exposed to world-class expertise with unique networking opportunities.

Situated along the banks of Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps, Geneva sparkles as one of Europe's most beautiful cities.

Home to the European headquarters of the United Nations, Geneva has a long history of diversity and tolerance dating back to the Protestant Reformation.

Today, the city of Geneva is a cultural center second to none featuring world class entertainment, top rated restaurants and unlimited opportunities for recreation.

The quality of life in the Lake Geneva region is most exceptional!


INTERNATIONAL

No other place in the world hosts such an important number of global players as Geneva. They address today's most pressing challenges. Home to 99 international organizations, programmes, funds, institutes and other bodies, 250 non-governmental organizations, 174 countries represented, and 246 permanent missions and delegations, Geneva is at the heart of international cooperation and a capital of multilateral diplomacy.
Moreover, Geneva hosts an important number of multinational companies, financial and commodity trading companies with international reach.

CHALLENGES

The issues focused on in Geneva cover the world’s principal sectors and today's most pressing challenges: from global health to humanitarian action, migration or protection of the environment and sustainable development, international trade and human rights, democracy and rule of law, training and education, peacekeeping and security, intellectual property and nuclear research, telecommunications and labour.

THE UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA

The University of Geneva is fully integrated in this international landscape and plays a major role as an essential and respected partner to the « International Geneva». The university has established several collaborative agreements with major international organizations, such as the United Nations (UN), The World Health Organization (WHO), the World Intellectual Propery Organization (WIPO), the UNDP, the ICRC, and CERN, among others.

Switzerland has its heart beating to the rhythm of diversity

With its 26 cantons as member states that make up the Federal state, four national languages are spoken in Switzerland (German, French, Italian, Romansh). Despite its small size, Switzerland has one of the most striving economies in the world, is home to thirteen world heritage sites (UNESCO) and has a leading role in scientific innovations.

Being one of the few direct democracies in the world, Switzerland has long held a tradition of military neutrality and has thus gained a reputation of being « the capital of peace ». One of the biggest humanitarian organizations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, was founded in Switzerland in 1863, by Henry Dunant.

With its indisputable role in the banking world, watchmaking, cheese and chocolate industries, Switzerland has already produced some of the world’s biggest brands: Nescafe, Nestlé, Rolex, ABB, UBS, Novartis and Lindt, among many more.

Stunning landscapes surround every inch of Switzerland: the breathtaking mountain peaks leave no eye unturned, the picturesque lakes and rivers leave no sense untouched. Winter and summer sports all find their place in this small country!

For a full feel of the Swiss atmosphere, why not visit some of the nearby towns and sites? Mount Salève provides an impressive view of Geneva during all seasons. Or, visit Chamonix, home to the world famous Mont-Blanc. For the lovers of chocolate, why not visit the chocolate factories and see how this wonder gets to be made? Don’t forget the cheese factories!

In themselves, Swiss towns have much to offer to all curious minds: Berne (the capital), Lausanne, Montreux, Zurich, Lucerne, Fribourg, Basel and many others each have their own unique flavour for you to discover.

Before you leave, make sure you have tasted the traditional cheese fondue and blown a Swiss alpine horn! But be careful: just like its chocolate, once you have tasted some of Switzerland, you will want more and keep coming back. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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