A big thank-you to everyone who came to the the Master’s Forum to voice their concerns relating to the Thesis deadline, funding and scholarships, bilingualism and overall thoughts about the Institute. Our Vice-President of Masters Programmes has prepared the MastersForumReport. Feel free to reach out to us if you have additional comments.
Come one, come all! This year’s Green Week invites you to join the Environmental Committee with events ranging from dicussions, to a bike and gardening workshop and movie screenings. Make sure to drop by these exciting events and learn more about how you can be more sustainable in your daily life.
Wanted to have your voice heard? A huge thank you to everyone who participated. As promised, here are the results for our GISA Annual Survey Report. We have taken into consideration several issues including satisfaction with GISA, bilingualism at the Institute, and issues concerning Maison de la Paix.
Feel free to contact us if you have additional feedback.
GISA is committed improving the career services situation at the Institute. We are writing to provide you with an update on these efforts, and to point you to career resources that are currently available including this week’s Connexion fair. This message was original emailed on 17 March 2014.
You will recall GISA administered a career services survey in November 2013 and issued a report on its results in December 2013, which you can read here. GISA is pleased that some of the recommendations from that report were already implemented, including the series of well-attended and well-run workshops this semester.
In February, The Institute announced more complete career services will be reinstated at an unknown date, and that a new full time staff person is currently sought. Several new services are envisaged, including greater assistance with permits and employment law in Switzerland. Another point from our report on monitoring implementation, including student perspectives, is also included in the design of the new services. You can read the announcement from the Institute here. GISA continues to insist that no fewer than two full-time career counselors is adequate, but welcomes these developments and the effort of key Institute staff.
While we wait for these changes, we encourage you to use these career resources available to you:
1. Connexion Career Fair; March 19-21
2. UniEmploi: UNIGE Career Services
Last Monday, the General Assembly welcomed over 100 students! Six candidates, and one spontaneous additional candidate presented their platforms for the two positions of Event Coordinator and Communications Coordinator. Brittany Robles and Sophie Kräuchi were elected, respectively. We thank all participants and everyone for attending and voicing their concerns – most specifically about the progress of the Career Services, potential ammendments to the constitution with regards to elections, and the elections for a Vice-President for PhDs.
To find out more about the General Assembly please check out our minutes HERE!
In November 2013, the Graduate Institute Student Association (GISA) distributed a survey to the student body of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. The survey consisted of a series of questions related to students’ experiences with and expectations of the Graduate Institute’s Career Services office. 246 students responded for an overall response rate of 30%.
Respondents represent every master’s programme in rates roughly proportional to the makeup of the Institute, while responses from PhD students were low at 44 respondents from all PhD programmes. 109 respondents are in their first year at the Institute. After the recent departure of the Institute’s sole career counselor, GISA understands the Institute is engaging in a restructuring of the Career Services office.
GISA requests that the results of this survey and the recommendations it produces inform this restructure to better meet the needs and expectations of students.
Click HERE for the results!
A few weeks ago GISA held its inaugural Master’s Forum, an Institute-wide gathering designed to address ongoing student concerns about academic life at the Graduate Institute. We took copious notes during the proceedings, and have drafted a report detailing your concerns that we intend to bring to the attention of the IHEID administration.
Feel free to download the report here.
A similar forum for PhD students will take place later this semester.
We will be holding MORE Cabaret auditions on Wednesday, November 27th at 18:00 in Ivan Pictet Auditorium! These auditions are for ACTORS and ACTRESSES ONLY who were not able to make it to our last auditions.
If you would like to try out for a role in this year’s upcoming Cabaret, please sign up for a time slot:
2) and here
Don’t forget to sign both!
For more about the Cabaret and what is expected at the audition, see below:
This month marks the beginning of Cabaret season! GISA’s annual Cabaret is the event of the year, a spectacle of herculean proportions that regularly draws hundreds of students, professors, staff, and personalities of note from around Geneva.
Don’t know what the Cabaret is? Part talent show, part play, the Cabaret is a student-run performance that never ceases to amaze. It is more than mere tradition. Right up there with pompous disparagement of interdisciplinary programs and explosions, the Cabaret is a fundament of the Institute. Indeed, only until recently did the entrance to Villa Barton read, “All ye who enter these gates will learn of the world, but he who taketh part in the Cabaret shall rule it.” It was a popular tourist spot until Kofi Annan, decades after an unsuccessful bid for the principal role, bitterly mandated its destruction pursuant to General Assembly Resolution 119*.
History aside, given the scale of the production, GISA is looking well in advance for actors/actresses, musicians, singers, dancers, and students with experience in directing, makeup, lighting, or any other aspect of a theatrical production.
Think you have what it takes? See below for audition information.
We are holding auditions on November 6th at 17:30 – 21:00 in Ivan Pictet/A1 Auditorium (Petal 2). Sign up for an audition slot here.
If you are auditioning to be an actor or actress, please come prepared with 1-minute monologue of your own choosing, or feel free to use our suggested, abridged monologues from Julius Caesar or Dr. Strangelove. If you’re looking for some inspiration check out both monologues in action on YouTube (Caesar, Strangelove).
If you are auditioning to be a singer, musician and/or dancer, please prepare a 2-5 minute sample piece.
If you would like to be the director or are experienced in makeup, music, lighting, etc., no need to come to the audition, just write us an e-mail detailing your motivation!
Good luck and we’ll see you at the auditions!
*This is, of course, utter nonsense.
Pursuant to the constitutional changes approved last year, GISA holds an academic forum each semester to address ongoing student concerns related to academic programmes and/or issues, e.g., bilingualism, unexpected curriculum changes, and the proliferating student numbers in a number of programmes. Students are allowed to raise any issue they may have related to academic affairs at the Institute.