The Graduate Institute is an institution of research and higher education (Master and PhD). Selective and cosmopolitan, it is located in the heart of International Geneva and specialises in the study of the major global, international and transnational challenges facing the contemporary world. It also offers professional development programmes and expertise to international actors from the public, private and non-profit sectors.
The Graduate Institute’s history dates back to 1927, the time of the League of Nations, when it was created as the first institution in the world dedicated entirely to the study of international affairs. The year 1961 saw the birth of the Institute for Development Studies (known at the time as the African Institute), a pioneer in the field. In 2008, the two institutes decided to unite under the same roof, thereby combining the study of international relations and development in a unique way.
The Graduate Institute is accredited by the Swiss Government and receives funding from the Confederation and the Canton of Geneva. It is managed by a private foundation and governed by a regulatory framework with a strong emphasis on efficiency. The Graduate Institute’s strategy is articulated around public-private partnerships supported by leading patrons and foundations to whom we should like to extend our sincere gratitude.
Alongside New York, Geneva is the main centre of international governance. It is the European headquarters of the United Nations and the most active location in the world in multilateral diplomacy. Today it hosts 30 international organisations, 250 international non-governmental organisations and 172 states represented by a permanent mission. The international sector in Geneva employs some 28,330 people.
The Graduate Institute has established joint or dual degree programs with: the MPA program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government; the LL.M. in Global Health Law program at the Georgetown University's Law Center; the BA program at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs; the BA program at Peking University; the BA program at Smith College; the BA program at the University of Hong Kong, and with the University of Geneva's LL.M. program in International Dispute Settlement, LL.M. program in International Humanitarian Law, Master's program of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action and Master's in Asian Studies.