Afrique Students Association (ASA)
The Afrique Students Association (ASA) is the association for students interested in African issues at the Graduate Institute. It is open to all students, irrespective of nationality, with a passion for the African continent.
The Afrique Students Association is a social, cultural and political group with the shared aim of promoting awareness of, and dialogue about, African topics. It seeks to represent the diversity of African peoples and cultures on campus as well to promote interaction and intellectual dialogue between African students, the Graduate Institute and Africans (and African institutions) in International Geneva.
The Afrique Students Association also serves as an advocate for a better representation of African students in the overall student body of the Graduate Institute by, among other means, lobbying for more scholarships reserved for African students, being ambassadors of the Graduate Institute towards the recruitment of prospective students and teaching staff from Africa.
Less than 10% of the students at the Institute are of African origin. Associations involving African students have emerged and declined over the years. The Afrique Student Association was founded by students during the 2014/15 academic year.
Current board (L-R are Zainab, Kossiwa, MJ, Emmanuela, Barbara)
Co-Chair: Kossiwa Jacqueline Tossoukpe (Ghana/Togo/Swiss)
Co-Chair: McPherlain Chisenga Chungu (Zambia)
Communications: Emmanuela Onyinyechukwu Onyilofor (Nigeria/Swaziland) Treasurer: Adagblenya Barbara Dzidzornu (Ghana)
Events Coordinator: Zainab Chunjulu Moroa (Kenya)
Upcoming Events 2018:
During the 2018/2019 academic year, Afrique Students Association will organize the following events:
Afrique Fitness Fun Day
September 11, 2018
The FunDay will bring students together to play sports and games as a bonding strategy. It is also aimed at challenging one’s fitness level, increase teamspirit and to start strong into the semester. Through sport, we aim to promote mental and physical health of the students
Geneva Afrique Diaspora Tour
September 15, 2018
The aim of the cultural Geneva tour is to show students where they can find African/caribbean restaurants, products, hair salons, beauty stores and much more. It will help new students to learn more about thé African Diaspora in Geneva.
The Fundraising Run is a charity run where students and the Geneva community will participate as a strategy to raise funds to support local deserving projects in Africa. The full amount collected will be donated to an African organisation.
Music is a big part of the African culture and therefore this event is meant to bring together students from all walks of life together to celebrate African Music.
1. African Literature I & II: Two editions of the African Literature Night were held featuring two poems by Niyi Osundare and Desert Flower by Waris Dirie. The literary works were discussed by the participants within a cozy atmosphere. Relevance of these literary works for were explored for non-African settings as well.
2. Afrique Jam: An African party that showcases and highlights the vibrant beats across and outside of the African continent. With the popular sounds of West Africa to the hidden gems of the Horn of Africa and Southern Africa. Afrique Student Association brings the African continent to the doors of the Graduate Institute with the influential flair and rhythm of the Caribbean.
3. Distinguished Panel on Youth Empowerment and Economic Development in Africa: This was a public conference which, for the first time at the Graduate Institute, brought together a panel of accomplished Africans and experts in the field of development in International Geneva. They shared their experiences and perspectives on the involvement of the youth in the design, implementation and monitoring of development goals in Africa. The panelists included Dr. Sukai Prom-Jackson: Inspector, Joint Inspection Unit of the United Nations System (UNJIU); Dr. Franklyn Lisk: Labour policy and global health specialist, and former representative of the ILO to the United Nations; Mr. Adeyemi Babington-Ashaye: Head, Global Shapers Community; Director, World Economic Forum and Dr. Michel Carton, a former Director of the Graduate Institute.
We have also a big Alumni network and a LinkedIn group. If you are interested, please have a look at: