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Villa Barton

132 rue de Lausanne
CP 1672, 1211 Genève 1
+41 (0)22 908 57 09
executive@graduateinstitute.ch

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our difference
 

The Graduate Institute has a unique and proud legacy in training thousands of individuals from all regions and sectors in world affairs, global development and related issues.

Shortly after the founding of the League of Nations in Geneva in 1920, a need was articulated for an independent graduate school dedicated to the study of international affairs. The Institut universitaire de hautes études internationales, "HEI", was founded in 1927.

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The Villa Barton, a historic landmark, is exclusively dedicated to Executive Education activities. It is located on the shores of Lake Geneva in Parc Barton.

Our community


Our Executive Education participants are what makes the experience so special, representing an astonishing mix of sectors, regions, professions, issues and stakeholders.  Start your learning journey today with us and join a diverse community that will grow with you for life!

Your alumni advantages include:

  • Full alumni membership of the Graduate Institute alumni network of 18,000+ members

  • 10% discount on Executive Education programmes

  • Career services from the Graduate Institute

  • Networking and professional development opportunities through alumni regional chapters

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Beyond skills and knowledge, we believe values are essential for anyone aspiring to lead in a world of networks and partnerships.

We nurture and cultivate independence of thinking and action, as well as a sense of responsibility to a broad group of stakeholders. Participation in our programmes gives access to a vibrant international community of practice that spans across five continents and multiple generations.

At a time of global uncertainty and rapid change, Executive Education at the Graduate Institute is both a safe haven and an innovation hub enabling participants to develop the right mindset, come up with a solid vision, build trust and inspire teams.

Prof. Cédric Dupont, Executive Education Director

Practical Information on Geneva

directions

By Car
 

The Villa Barton driveway at 132 rue de Lausanne is immediately adjacent to the Perle du Lac parking lot entrance off of rue de Lausanne. Parking is free for visitors and participants of Executive Education programmes. Daytime visitors should request a pass at the reception desk. Parking is available in Parc Barton (no permit needed for evening events).

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By Bus
 

From Geneva central train station Cornavin, both Bus n°1 and n°25 - direction: "Jardin Botanique" - will take you from the train station to the Graduate Institute's Villa Barton location.
We are located at the bus stop called, "Sécheron".

Geneva Public Transports

By Train
 

All trains arriving to Geneva (from the airport or from within Switzerland) will stop at the city's main station, "Cornavin", which is about a 15-minute walk from the Graduate Institute via rue de Lausanne, or a short bus ride from the station.

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From the Airport
 

Geneva's Cointrin Airport is conveniently located 20 minutes away from the Graduate Institute.  Take bus 28, direction “Jardin Botanique”, and get off at the last stop.  We are a five minute walk from the Jardin Botanique.

Or, you can take any train departing from the airport's train station – all trains leaving the airport have their first stop at the city's main train station, Gare Cornavin, just six minutes from the airport. Then from the central Geneva train station (Gare Cornavin), take either bus n°1 or n°25 in the direction of "Jardin Botanique".

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132 rue de Lausanne CP 1672, 1211 Genève 1

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