Student Initiative on Asia (SIA)


The Student Initiative on Asia, or SIA, is an initiative by the students 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 seventh 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.

EVENTS in academic year 2019- 20:

  • Welcome picnic
  • East and South- East Asian potluck dinner
  • Movie nights-
  1. Taipei Love
  2. Gully Boy
  3. Trivisa
  • Diwali- Indian festival of Lights
  • Voices of Resistance: Protest against the state sponsored violence and various unjust laws recently passed by the Government of India (especially CAA and NRC)
  • Losar- Tibetan New Year
  • Momo making workshop
  • Covid Solidarity Events:
  1. Virtual Apero
  2. Online Baking Workshop
  3. Online Fitness Session
  4. Online Dance Movement Therapy Session



President: Riya Roy –
Vice President: Anandita Pavagadhi –
Treasurer: Sadikshya Bhattarai-
Head of Events: Simran Singh-

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