Favourable framework conditions
We are now entering a phase where the framework conditions that govern our activities have recently been redefined with our close partners, the public authorities and the University of Geneva. The results are most satisfactory and will help promote our continued growth.
Public funding for the 2013-2016 period is enshrined in the new “Convention d’objectifs” to be signed shortly between the Institute, the Swiss Confederation and the State of Geneva. The level of subsidies is the same as that granted in 2012 and provides assurances of stability.
At the same time, under a new law submitted for approval by the Government of Geneva to the parliament, the Institute will now be recognised alongside the University of Geneva as one of the institutions of higher education supported by the canton. The new law also underlines its special role with regard to International Geneva. This recognition is most welcome as it provides a legal basis for an institution born five years ago from the combined political will of Bern and Geneva and whose success has been proven.
Finally, the Institute recently signed an agreement with the University of Geneva which builds on the one concluded in 2006 by formalising and strengthening cooperation between the two partners. This will add to the attractiveness of Geneva as an academic centre in the field of international studies.
These framework conditions, to which must be added the forthcoming completion of the Maison de la paix, will provide the Institute with a strong foundation from which to continue to pursue its strategy of excellence in its primary missions – teaching, research and executive education – and the continued development of its appeal in Switzerland and in the world.
Philippe Burrin, Director
Read Globe N11, Spring 2013