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Geneva School of Diplomacy

Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations
File:GSD Logo.jpg
Motto Surviendo Guberno (Latin)
Established 2003
Type Private
President Colum de Sales Murphy
Location Geneva, Switzerland
Campus Urban

The Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations (French: l'École de diplomatie et de relations internationales de Genève; abbreviated to GSD) is a private university located in Geneva, Switzerland. The campus is situated on the grounds of the Chateau de Penthes,[1] an old manor with a park and view of Lake Geneva. The school offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs to a small number of highly qualified students. Programs culminate in a Bachelor, Master, Executive Master, or Doctor in International Relations. Courses are organized into the following themes: disarmament and security, economics and development, history, international law, international relations theory, selected regional case studies, social and cultural studies, and other specialized fields in international affairs.


Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their prior academic performance and promise for personal growth and development, as evidenced by academic achievement, a statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. The school reserves the right to require a personal evaluative interview before or after submission of the application.[2]

Globecraft Institute

The Globecraft Institute at the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations is an autonomous centre for research on avant garde and pressing political, legal, and economic issues. The Institute researches and investigates issues such as the politics of technology and intellectual property, energy issues, global water shortage, international development, conflict resolution, the root causes of war to advance peace, and human rights on a global scale. The Institute employs a small staff for its research and publication programme and accommodates leading world scholars as visiting professors on a rotating basis.[3]

Intern program

Admitted students are considered for internships with a governmental organization such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the World Trade Organization, or with leading non-governmental organizations.

Summer program

A one-week intensive summer course on international affairs is offered to high school students ages 16 to 19. Students are exposed to informal meetings with UN diplomats and are provided with opportunities to visit international and non-governmental organizations in Geneva.


Colum de Sales Murphy has over 30 years experience with the United Nations as a human rights officer, a political officer with the Security Council, and a member of peacekeeping missions. As a senior UN official in Bosnia, Murphy negotiated the Winter Ceasefire of 1994 and was the architect of the subsequent Cessation of Hostilities Agreement.

International partnerships

The school works in official partnership with the University of California Berkeley in the United States, the University for Peace in Costa Rica, the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS) in Brazil, the Beijing Institute of Technology in China, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University) in Russia, and the Euro-Mediterranean University of Slovenia in Slovenia.


The school is a member of the Swiss Federation of Private Schools.


External links

  • Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations website
  • Information's about the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations
  • Colum de Sales Murphy
  • Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations photos

Coordinates: 46°13′57″N 6°08′29″E / 46.2325°N 6.1415°E / 46.2325; 6.1415

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