Students

Class Representatives

The class representatives respond to and assist with academic concerns of students, and represent the programme to relevant administrators. If you have any questions about student life at the Institute, please feel free to contact one of our class representatives.

 

Emilian Berutti

 

Abby Naumann  | class 2019-2021

 

 

Srivedant Kar

 

Srivedant Kar | class 2018-2020

 

Master in International Affairs | Student Perspectives

Candice White

 

Candice White from Canada | Trade and International Finance (Class 2019)

My education at the Graduate Institute has been overwhelmingly positive. Coming from a non-political science background to the Master in International Affairs, I have been able to quickly learn the basics of international relations and find my niche studying international trade. The interdisciplinary approach of the programme with workshops and research projects allows you to gain both academic and practical skills in a short amount of time. In addition, there is no shortage of exposure to top professors, organisations and conferences in International Geneva that allow you to expand your network and knowledge outside the classroom.

Gianluca Gygax

 

Gianluca Gygax from Switzerland | Environment, Resources and Sustainability (Class 2019)

During my Bachelor of Science in Geography at the University of Zurich I learned about the physical processes of the environment and its consequences on the planet and ourselves. The better my understanding of global climate, the more I became interested in the social and political processes connected to the environment. Thus, when finding out about the Graduate Institute’s Interdisciplinary Master, I knew it would provide me with the opportunity to complement my undergraduate studies. What I like most about the Interdisciplinary Master is the variety of classes offered by professors with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise. Among the wide range of courses offered, I especially enjoy having the possibility to set the focus on the thematic topic that suits my interests best. Together with ‘International Geneva’, the MINT programme fully prepares me to tackle the interconnected challenges of today.

Purujith Gautam

 

Purujith Gautam from India | Global Security (Class 2020)

I chose the Graduate Institute for its international reputation, diverse student body, esteemed faculty and fantastic job prospects. So far the Institute has lived up to all my expectations and has been a truly wonderful place to learn and grow. The program has been truly unique in its demand for students to think both practically and theoretically. A class session might involve discussion of texts, or a debate about policy implementation and effectiveness.

The institute also has an impressive lineup of speakers and conferences that take place almost every evening. It gives students a chance to hear from, and connect with real practitioners in various contemporary fields.

I look forward to completing my journey at IHEID and then continuing to stay in touch with the global network of alumni!

 

The Mentorship Programme

 

The Mentorship Programme began as a student-led initiative in 2015. It is designed to support incoming MIA and MDEV students with their transition to life at the Institute and in Geneva. To do so, this programme matches incoming students (mentees) with seasoned second-year students (mentors).
Second-year mentors share guiding experiences with their mentees on topics including (but not restricted to):

  • Planning courses
  • Accessing student services
  • Understanding administrative processes
  • Getting to know the Graduate Institute and Geneva
  • Providing tips for a successful start to the academic year

 

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Keshav Khanna | Mentorship Coordinator, MIA programme

Keshav is your coodinator for the MIA programme. He is currently pursuing a major in Global Security and a minor in International Trade at the Institute. He completed a triple-major in History, Economics and Political Science for his Bachelor's degree from Bangalore, India. His academic interests lie in cybersecurity, contemporary and commercial security. He also has a strong background in media and communications. Keshav is also deeply interested in photography.

 

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Kavya Bajaj | Mentorship Coordinator, MDEV programme

Kavya is your coordinator for the MDEV programme. She is a Master's candidate in Development Studies, interested in the development perspective of global climate and environmental politics. Before joining the institute, she worked in climate change and gender mainstreaming research at a think thank in India. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University in Delhi. She also loves dancing and the different mediums of storytelling.

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Student Placement after graduation

 

Information gathered since 2008 shows that after graduation, students studying the Master in International Affairs have been employed in all four sectors:

  • The professional preferences of our MIA students after graduation are equally distributed across the public and the voluntary sector, followed by the private sectors.
  • Most of our students working for the public sector are attracted by international organisations (62%), followed by foreign governments and the Swiss Federal Administration, which together account for 31%.
  • Almost one-third of our alumni opt for a career in the voluntary sector, from which 57% work in NGOs. 20% use their acquired academic knowledge to improve policy making by working at various think tanks.
  • Almost half of our students working for the private sector are employed by SMEs or similar types of companies, whereas 19% of our alumni working within this sector are recruited by banking, finance and insurance organisations.
  • 6% of our master graduates either continued their studies towards a Ph.D. or conducted research work as part of an academic institution.
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