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Essentials
  • The Winter Programme provides students with a unique opportunity to learn and think about major global challenges and how these are being addressed by the international community. Special attention will be paid to the role of the United Nations as a tool of global governance.
  • Next session: January 4-15, 2016
  • The application deadline is November 15, 2015
  • Applications are open: Click here for more information
Summary

A two-week study programme in International Affairs, at the heart of the Capital of Peace, with a focus on 2 areas:

  • Understanding the UN system and its actors: a clear mapping of the United Nations system since its creation as well as its different working bodies and agencies.
  • Re-inventing the United Nations: an exploration of challenges encountered by the United Nations and a debate on future perspectives for international cooperation.

At the end of the 2 weeks (4-15 January 2016), participants will be able to:

  • Understand the core mission of the UN and how it frames some key global issues such as human rights and environment.
  • Develop critical analyses on key issues of peace and security, human rights and humanitarian challenges, international development, North-South relations
  • Debate on future perspectives for international cooperation, via conference simulations and role play as well as a couple of social events to get introduced to international Geneva.
  • Discuss with academics and practitioners on what could be done to reinvent global governance in a time of high international uncertainties (prospective analytical tools)

Format : 26 hours of classes per week over 2 weeks

  • Lectures with Faculty members from the Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Afternoon workshops and visits of the United Nations
  • Small-group study and simulations
  • Model United Nations: Conference simulation where students are transformed into diplomats/government officials and learn how to negotiate
  • Roundtable on hot topic of international affairs
  • Individual advising on post-graduate studies and career in international affairs
  • Social events (optional) : discovery of the city of Geneva and friendly evenings with participants
  • Lectures and discussions concepts and key issues of peace and security, human rights and humanitarian challenges, international development, North-South relations and the future of global governance.

How to apply

Next session: 4-15 January 2016
The application deadline is 15 November 2015
Applications are open: graduateinstitute.ch/winter

Contact Info: 

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Eliane Minassian-Kellermann
Deputy Head Student Services, International Programmes
Tel +41 22 908 43 84
Maison de la paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2
Case Postale 136, 1211 Geneva 21, Switzerland