The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Programs
At the beginning of the 21st century, international discussions and actions play an important part in public and private policy-making. The Programme on International Affairs...
This PhD is designed to prepare students for a career in international relations involving close contact with research. The programme gives students the range of skills needed...
The Master in International Relations and Political Science is a two-year programme designed for students wishing to develop expertise in international relations. The programme...
The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Reviews
Sometimes when working close into a subject,...
Submitted by Mike Smith - Switzerland | March 07, 2011
Sometimes when working close into a subject, immersed in day-to-day details, it is easy to lose sight of the larger framework. Even more so when physically working in an area and industry that have many cross-currents of opinion regarding the benefits and detriments to society, security and overall welfare. It is important to be able to take a step back from time to time, and see how other views have developed, or are developing. The compromise to be achieved is how to gain a sufficient level of informed opinion, that is relevant and challenging, in a necessarily limited period of time.
This is a location-specific advantage of Geneva, the multilateral equivalent of the Silicon Valley 'cluster effect'; access to a concentration of academics and practitioners involved in many of the most important debates in international relations. A second location-specific advantage of Geneva is the place itself: a relaxed and cosmopolitan small city, without many of the pressures of larger urban centres. This enables someone coming to the Summer School to be able to think about the issues at hand rather than get swept up in, and spend time dealing with, problems of transport and issues of personal security that are unfortunately present in some other cities.
The HEI Summer School, for me then, presented an opportunity to listen, learn and engage in the debates that surround my work, in a place conducive to examining them.
In short, both a stimulating and relaxing environment.
Intensive - that is the best way that I can...
Submitted by Jessica Jones - Switzerland | March 07, 2011
Intensive - that is the best way that I can describe the HEI's Summer Programme on International Affairs and Multilateral Governance. The course featured morning classes, afternoon workshops and then sometimes lectures in the evening. But, there was also time to interact with other participants outside of the academic setting - opera, diner, excursions beyond Geneva. The setting of the HEI campus is absolutely gorgeous - right on Lake Geneva; and in the distance was my constant landmark of the Jet D'eau. Visits to international organizations - UN, ICCR, WTO, WIPO - all served to reinforce the fact that Geneva, home to so many international organizations was is a fitting location for the course.
The multi-cultural blend of the participants was crucial to my enjoyment of the course, as was the experience gleaned from those in the field, and the various personal anecdotes that added to the theoretical discussions. Through HEI, I secured an internship at the International Organization for Migration, which is proving to be a wonderful experience. I am working in the Migration Policy, Research and Communications department on projects related to the International Dialogue on Migration.
Perhaps the best facet of my experience in Geneva has been the people that I have met from so many parts of the world. I have made contacts and new friendships that will surely last a lifetime. For me this has been in many ways a surreal experience - and I have had ample opportunity to practice my French. I am eternally grateful for the support from my family, friends and the University of the West Indies for their support in this (ad)venture.
It has been a great pleasure for me, to be...
Submitted by Wendlassida Tapsoba - Switzerland | March 07, 2011
It has been a great pleasure for me, to be part of the 2007 summer program. I learnt so much: I have improved and updated my knowledge on Global and regional integration, Human security and conflict resolution, and health and environment. I am so grateful for your time and your hard work!
As I looked over my notes at the end of the...
Submitted by Jenna Mulhall-Brereton - Switzerland | March 07, 2011
As I looked over my notes at the end of the three weeks, I was struck by the degree to which certain key themes were integrated throughout the three distinctly different courses. There was a cohesiveness and an organization to this programme that belied the fact that it was in its first year. Although the summer programme is young, HEI brings to it many successful years in IR education. From my initial contact with HEI through my final paper, I was so impressed by the rapidity and thoroughness with which my questions and concerns were addressed. This responsiveness is further evidence of an organized, dedicated, and highly competent staff.
The short summer study in the Graduate Institute...
Submitted by Sang-Yun Cho - Switzerland | March 07, 2011
The short summer study in the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI) was the 'once in a life time experience' for me. As the hub of international governance, Geneva was a unique location to study globalization, governance and technology, as the programme was titled. This programme enabled me to develop the precious relationship with the extraordinary people, who had different backgrounds from all over the world, in and outside of the classroom. Along with the regular curriculum, the programme provided many events with different the guest speakers. Participating in the events was the priceless opportunity to learn the insightful views on current international affairs from the working professionals from the different international organizations.
Geneva itself was a pleasant city to be around. It provided me not only the beautiful nature to enjoy but also a lot to think about, such as the role of myself as a world citizen. After the summer program in Geneva, with the unforgettable experience at HEI, I had an opportunity to discover the new part of myself. I will miss Geneva and HEI a lot.