Student Initiative on Asia (SIA)


About SIA

The Student Initiative on Asia, or SIA, is the premier organization of The Graduate Institute Geneva that caters to all students from Asia and those who have a great interest in the Asian heritage, language, and culture. SIA, being one of the most active student initiatives in Geneva, serves as an avenue for students and like-minded individuals to further their understanding on Asia and to network and collaborate with projects and activities for the development and deeper appreciation of the Asian society in general. Now on its second year, SIA is currently home to more than 100 students with members coming from Asia and from all over of the world.


The organization was founded in March 2013 as a result of the talks amongst individuals who have had significant experiences in Asia: those who have worked and lived temporarily in Asia and those students who are nationals of several Asian countries. Recognizing the need to promote and streamline the events, talks and other activities focusing on Asia at the Graduate Institute, SIA was eventually founded.


SIA both works at the level of development and culture. As such, the organization makes sure that all of its activities are in line with its goals of fostering camaraderie among its members and the development of the Asian society. Three of the flagship projects that SIA implement annually are the: (1) ‘Ambassador Dialogue Seminar’ where an ambassador from any of the Asian countries is invited to talk about the current situation in the Asian region and its position in the international community, the (2) ‘Asian Night,’ which serves as a welcome party for the SIA members and students of the Graduate Institute and the (3) “Asian Cinema Series” which showcases films in Asia of international and social relevance.

This year, SIA brings again another set of exciting and worthwhile activities to engage its members even more:

1. Cooking Lessons October 16, 2015
2. Movie Screening Night (Indonesia) October 23, 2015
3. Movie Screening Night (Korea) November 5, 2015
4. Diwali Celebration November 13, 2015
5. ASEAN Seminar Next Semester



Anna Sharad Gautam Nepal
Ace Paolo Dela Cruz Phillippines
Abbie Yunita Indonesia/Australia

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