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


Events next week!

Events next week!

Monday 17 November at 20:00 in the Picciotto common room, the Fine Arts Society initiative would love to have you over for some tea and a draw-off (not for the faint of heart).

Tuesday 18 November at 16:00 in the auditorium A2, Just Innovate invites you to a pitch and feedback session on social innovation projects!

Wednesday 19 November at 18:15 in room S9, the HR&C initiative is organizing a lecture on the human rights situation in post-war Sri Lanka.

Wednesday 19 November at 20:30 in room S8, the GISA Alumni Committee will host the second careers roundtable on ethical entrepreneurs!


Events this week!

Wednesday 12 November at 18:15 in room S3, the Interdisciplinary PhD seminar initiative is hosting an MPT writing workshop with guest senior PhDs from each academic department who will share their experience of MPT writing.

Thursday 13 November at 18:15 in the auditorium A1B, GISA is organizing this semester’s PhD forum. Come and join with your questions and concerns!

Friday 14 November at 18:00 the auditorium A2, the HR&C initiative is showing a movie – people can choose on the Facebook page of the event – and discuss it afterwards. It’ll be a movie related to business and human rights, as this is the third topic that HR&C is focusing on this semester.


The Foundation Board meeting is tomorrow!

Tomorrow, on Friday 30 October, GISA will meet a delegation of the Foundation Board of the Graduate Institute, in the Ivan Pictet auditorium at 12:15.

We invite all students to come listen and participate in the discussion, which will have an effect on the future development of our school in general, and direct influence on the current issues of governance, transparency, and tuition hikes in particular. The students’ concerns are outlined in this document: English version or French version. To support this position, we are collecting signatures on campus today and tomorrow (come see us in the Petal 2 lobby or the Petal 4 student space); also, if you are unable to sign physically, please send us an email with your full name to be added to the list of electronic signatures.

That same evening, in order to wind down and prepare for the long, cold winter, join us for the GISA Halloween party at the Ethno!


Final draft document for Foundation Board meeting

All Graduate Institute students are invited to read and comment on the final draft of the document to be presented to the Foundation Board for the 31 October meeting. We would like to have a final and approved version by tonight so that tomorrow it can be translated into French. On Monday 27 October the document should be sent out! Here is the Google doc link.


Health and Climate Change Event

This Monday 27 October the Graduate Institute, in collaboration with the University of Geneva, is organizing an event with keynote speakers and a panel discussion to address the issues of health and climate change.

For more details and registration, visit the Facebook page and the Institute’s website.


Preparation workshops for Foundation Board meeting


The workshops on decision-making and transparency took place last week and today; our discussions were productive and you can check the results in the relevant Google docs (see below). Tomorrow 22 October at 18:00 in the student space we are having the final preparatory workshop which will address the tuition hike point and then discuss all the issues together and the general GISA position and final document for the 31 October meeting with the Foundation Board! Come and join us.

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We are seeing very interesting developments and events at the Graduate Institute these days, some of which may be unprecedented. The initial, somewhat broad and unfocused, reaction to the increase in tuition fees has evolved into a more concrete and organized initiative to bring about change at our school. Perhaps the first (baby) step in this direction was the town hall meeting with Director Burrin of 19 September. The next important step is the upcoming 31 October meeting with the Foundation Board. This will be the perfect moment for students to communicate directly with the executive decision-making body of the Institute and voice their concerns, ideas, and opinions. In order to make the most of this unique opportunity, GISA is supporting workshops to prepare for the meeting and figure out a common strategy and approach. If you would like to get more involved (and you should!) then please join the Facebook event and follow our calendar here on the website. The system we have set up is based on three working groups which collaborate on a Google doc which outline our strategy for the meeting; the three priority points are 1) decision-making process, 2) transparency, and 3) tuition hike (links lead to the relevant Google docs; the general folder with some additional information is here). The next workshop is scheduled for today, Thursday 16 October, at 14:00 in the student space and the discussion point will be the “decision-making process”. Hope to see you there!