GISA Election Results!

Congratulations to the new GISA Board members! The four winners of the fall semester 2015 elections are:

  • Yu Zhiming (Communications Director)
  • Gideon Wakefield (Events Coordinator)
  • Mallika Sobti (Treasurer)
  • Konstantin Kleine (Vice-President of PhD Programmes)

GISA would like to thank all candidates for running; the electoral race was dynamic and interesting! All the students who voted have our gratitude for supporting the democratic process :)


GISA Electoral Debate

For those of you who missed the GISA electoral debate on Monday, here is the full video! Have a look at your candidates and don’t forget to vote on Thursday.


GISA Elections 2015-16

Future leaders and diplomats!
Practice your democratic rights by standing for and voting in GISA elections! During the weeks of 21 and 28 September you will be asked to elect your class representatives for the academic year 2015-16; if you are interested in this position, please step forward and email GISA by 21 September for master programmes and 25 September for PhDs.
Elections for the GISA Executive Board are also coming up! The Board will be rejuvenated with a new Communications Director, PhD Vice-President, Treasurer, as well as an Events Coordinator (this position has recently opened up and will now be included in the election). Candidates, please send us your brief platform and a photo before 28 September if you would like to participate in the electoral debate on that day or, at the very latest, before midnight 30 September in order to be included on the ballot on 1 October, our election day.

For more details kindly read the statutes or ask us directly!


GISA Welcome Week 2015

In order to take full advantage of fun activities before classes start in earnest, keep your eye on the programme and join our events!


GISA election results

Thank you for voting everyone! The results are in, we have three new members to welcome:

André Alves Dos Reis – the new GISA President;

Vanessa Gomes Sampaio – the new GISA Vice-President for Master Programmes; and

Luciana Ribeiro Fadon Vicente – the new GISA Events Coordinator!

Congratulations and good luck. The full results breakdown can be accessed via your Ballotbin message or here.


GISA Elections!

GISA elections are next week – Graduate Institute students need a new President, VP for Master Programmes, and Events Coordinator to help them forge a path to fame and fortune! As a member of GISA you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with students from all of the Graduate Institute’s departments – students who are involved in initiatives, extra-curricular activities, or simply need your help; you will work with the Institute’s management figuring out responsesto students’ needs and resolving academic, social, administrative, and many other issues; involvement with an active and relevant school association looks great on a CV and will boost your organizational and teamwork skills; finally, as a GISA Board member you are exempt from tuition fees!

The electoral debate will take place on Monday 4 May at 18:15 in the main auditorium; if you would like to take part in the debate, send us your candidacy (brief platform and photo) by Sunday at gisa@graduateinstitute.ch. These will be published on our website ahead of the debate. It is still possible to submit your candidacy after the debate, so long as we receive it before election day (however you will lose the chance to confront your opponents in public). All students will receive an electronic ballot to cast their vote on Wednesday 6 May! Candidates are encouraged to read the GISA Statutes on mygisa.ch and to come talk to the current Board for more info :)

Welcome admitted students!

The Graduate Institute Student Association (GISA) would like to congratulate all newly admitted students on your admission to the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies! GISA’s mission is to ensure students have both an academically and socially enriching experience during their time here at the Institute and in Geneva. We know that this is an exciting time and a large decision.  To help you with your decision making process, GISA is hosting a webinar with current students on Tuesday March 31st from 8am-9pm Geneva time.  You can find the link to the webinar in the Admitted Student’s day email from Student Services.  The programme can be found below.

About Programme
8:10-9:50AM: Miguel(1st IRPS), Kristijan(1st History), Vi(2nd MDev)
10:10-11:50AM: Carlotta(PhD Econ), Kara(2nd IRPS)
1:10-2:50PM: Chloe(1st MIL), Lys(PhD MIL)
3:10-4:50PM: Kenny(1st MIA), Juliana(2nd Anso), Portia(1st Anso)
5:10-6:50PM: Yixian(Phd IRPS), Stella(1st MDev)

General Questions and Geneva
7:10-9PM: GISA Executive Board (Vi, Carlotta, Kristijan, Umut, Brice)

We encourage you to “like” GISA on Facebook, join the IHEID 2015 Facebook group, and consult our website where you will find a wealth of information about our organization, student initiatives, and our popular Student Guide to IHEID and Geneva.  Also, we have a list of current students who speak different languages that you can contact.  Please note that mid-terms is approaching and Easter holiday is from April 3-12.

Nous vous invitons à nous trouver sur Facebook. Il existe également de nombreux groupes spécifiquement créés pour votre programme de cours. Vous pouvez aussi consulter notre site web pour plus de détails et pour faciliter votre intégration à Genève. Vous trouverez de plus amples informations dans notre Guide d’étudiants.


New Events Coordinator Candidate!

We would like to confirm the first candidate for the Events Coordinator position, Brice Bambara! Have a look at his platform below.

“Never underestimate the importance of having fun”

Dear Friends,

I am Brice Arnaud Bambara. I am a second year student in the Master in International Relations/Political Science. I am from Burkina Faso and I am running for the position of Events Coordinator of the Graduate Institute Student Association.

While I realize that we are here to learn from our professors and get our degrees, I firmly believe that it is very important that we have some fun along the way. At the end of our respective programmes, we want to be able to look back and with a smile say that all the crazy things we did all these nights, those will be the best memories. Sometimes, let things go for a night, can be the best therapy. As events coordinator, it will be my main concern that you and I have channels to grow in all levels.

The tasks for the remainder of the academic year having already been set, I intend, if elected as events coordinator to work in collaboration with the other members of the board to ensure that each and every one of you enjoy the different activities that we will have to offer, Cabaret being one of them.

J’ai hâte de vous retrouver la semaine prochaine pour répondre à toutes vos questions et vous prouver que je suis engagé à travailler pour vous et avec vous.



More events and the Foundation Board reply

The reaction of the Foundation Board following the 31 October meeting can be found here.

Tuesday 25 November at 18:00 in room S9, the Environmental Committee will be showing the movie “Transition Town” as part of the last day and prize ceremony of the One World Challenge! 

And on Wednesday 26 November at 12:00 in the student space, the Environmental Committee invites you to another event: a sustainable student meal for a small voluntary donation. All you need is a bowl/tupperware/cup and a smile!

Wednesday 26 November at 12:00 in room S8, GISA will organize a showcase for this year’s Cabaret. Come and show us your talents and ideas! If you can’t attend, email us. We’re also looking for directors. Please note this is an idea for the scenario of the cabaret and is not intended to be an actual competitive talent show.

Wednesday 26 November at 17:30 in room S9, the Graduate Institute Peacebuilders initiative will have a brainstorming session for ideas about the future of the initiative! 

Wednesday 26 November at 18:15 in the auditorium A2, LANI invites you to a screening of the film “Los Rubios”, with an introduction by Prof Riccardo Bocco and a discussion with Prof Elena López of the University of Geneva. 

Thursday 28 November at 20:00 in the Picciotto common room, the Language Café initiative is doing their first meet-up of the year. Come participate with your own language or learn a new one! 

Last but not least, the Geneva Red Cross is looking for volunteers this Christmas season to help wrap presents for underprivileged children. You can sign up and join the “Emballages cadeaux” campaign at several Geneva shops. More info on the flyer.


Last-minute update

Tomorrow at 18:15 at Uni Mail (Plainpalais) in room MR160 there will be a very interesting career event where people can present ideas and projects. Signups are open until last minute so if you have something in mind, this could be a great opportunity http://www.liberezvosidees.ch/concours-de-la-meilleure-idee/.