The Global Studies Institute (GSI) was inaugurated in 2013, and is built on a double legacy: the Institute of European Studies founded by Denis de Rougemont in 1963; and an interdisciplinary Bachelor degree in international relations managed by several faculties of the University.
The approximately 1,350 students that are now registered at GSI benefit from the instruction of some 90 professors attached to various faculties of the University of Geneva, as well as from about 150 lecturers, researchers and assistants. Among them, a dozen of these professors and more than 85 lecturers, researchers and assistants are directly tied to the GSI.
Most students take courses in the Bachelor programme of International Relations (BARI). This program offers the opportunity to develop different orientations in international law, economics, political science and history.
Others take advantage of the training at the Master's level, which includes programmes on Europe, Russia and Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa, as well as global health.
The Institute also offers a doctoral program as well as training in continuing education in the areas of humanitarian action, translation and international security.
Our method of teaching is "global" because it favors interdisciplinary approaches that contribute to a better understanding of issues in all their dimensions. Indeed, to understand the Middle East, we must be aware of the historical, cultural, religious, political, economic and legal dimensions, while the same goes for Europe, Russia and Africa.
Another good example is health, which must be addressed in all its components. Doctors are certainly essential to treat diseases such as Ebola, but it is also necessary to take into account the other social, cultural, psychological, legal, political and business aspects related to this epidemic.
The GSI also places a particular importance on "Service to the City". In other words, it considers that its vocation is to convey academic knowledge to the general public. GSI thus organizes many conferences that are open to a broad audience. They promote interdisciplinary approaches and dialogue between academics and practitioners, and the collaborators of the GSI are present in the media and contribute to intellectual reflection and dialogue among citizens.
Finally, the location of GSI in Geneva provides a unique advantage in today’s world. Indeed, the presence of numerous international organizations and non-governmental organizations offers multiple outposts of observations on the world from a distinctively privileged position.