Graduate Institute of Development Studies
The Graduate Institute of Development Studies (GIDS, French
French language
French is a Romance language spoken as a first language in France, the Romandy region in Switzerland, Wallonia and Brussels in Belgium, Monaco, the regions of Quebec and Acadia in Canada, and by various communities elsewhere. Second-language speakers of French are distributed throughout many parts...

: Institut universitaire d’études du développement, IUED) was a graduate school
Graduate school
A graduate school is a school that awards advanced academic degrees with the general requirement that students must have earned a previous undergraduate degree...

 in Geneva
Geneva In the national languages of Switzerland the city is known as Genf , Ginevra and Genevra is the second-most-populous city in Switzerland and is the most populous city of Romandie, the French-speaking part of Switzerland...

, Switzerland
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 focusing on development studies
Development studies
Development studies is a multidisciplinary branch of social science which addresses issues of concern to developing countries. It has historically placed a particular focus on issues related to social and economic development, and its relevance may therefore extend to communities and regions...

. Created in 1961 as the Institut Africain de Genève (African Institute of Geneva), GIDS's stated goal was to promote teaching and research concerning international development
International development
International development or global development is a concept that lacks a universally accepted definition, but it is most used in a holistic and multi-disciplinary context of human development — the development of greater quality of life for humans...

 and to encourage students from the Global South
North-South divide
The north–south divide is a socio-economic and political division that exists between the wealthy developed countries, known collectively as "the north", and the poorer developing countries , or "the south." Although most nations comprising the "North" are in fact located in the Northern Hemisphere ,...


It aimed to raise diverse questions (social, economic, environmental) and to strengthen links between theory and experience, reflection and action. GIDS was attached to, but independent of, the University of Geneva
University of Geneva
The University of Geneva is a public research university located in Geneva, Switzerland.It was founded in 1559 by John Calvin, as a theological seminary and law school. It remained focused on theology until the 17th century, when it became a center for Enlightenment scholarship. In 1873, it...


GIDS and the Graduate Institute of International Studies
Graduate Institute of International Studies
The Graduate Institute of International Studies, best known as HEI , was founded in 1927 as one of the first institutions in the world dedicated to the study of international relations...

 (HEI) are now integrated in a new institution, since the beginning of 2008, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is a highly selective postgraduate educational and research institute situated in Geneva, Switzerland...

 (IHEID). The new Institute combines the fields of development and international relations
International relations
International relations is the study of relationships between countries, including the roles of states, inter-governmental organizations , international nongovernmental organizations , non-governmental organizations and multinational corporations...

 and offers a much wider choice of teaching and research activities. The degree
Academic degree
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 programmes of each previous institution (master's
Master's degree
A master's is an academic degree granted to individuals who have undergone study demonstrating a mastery or high-order overview of a specific field of study or area of professional practice...

 and Ph.D.
Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy, abbreviated as Ph.D., PhD, D.Phil., or DPhil , in English-speaking countries, is a postgraduate academic degree awarded by universities...

 in development studies, master's in international affairs, master's and Ph.D. in international studies) continue to be offered by the new combined institution.

Prominent graduates

  • Duarte Pio
    Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza
    Dom Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza , is the 24th Duke of Braganza and a pretender to the throne of Portugal.-Birth and education:...

    , Portuguese Duke of Braganza and claimant to the throne of Portugal
  • Juan Gasparini
    Juan Gasparini
    Juan Gasparini is an Argentinian investigative journalist and author.He has a press cards in the Association of Correspondents of the United Nations.- Articles and reports :...

    , Argentinian journalist and writer
  • Carlos Lopes
    Carlos Lopes (Guinea Bissau)
    Carlos Lopes of Guinea Bissau currently serves as Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research . He was appointed to this capacity by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in March 2007...

    , Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research
    United Nations Institute for Training and Research
    The United Nations Institute for Training and Research was established in 1965 following a "for the training of personnel, particularly from developing Member States, for administrative and operational assignments with the United Nations and the specialized agencies, both at Headquarters and in...

     and Assistant-Secretary General to the United Nations

Prominent faculty

  • Cruz Melchor Eya Nchama
    Cruz Melchor Eya Nchama
    Cruz Melchor Eya Nchama is a Swiss politician, writer and Human Rights activist.Eya Nchama studied at the Complutense University of Madrid...

  • Gilbert Rist
    Gilbert Rist
    Gilbert Rist was a professor at the institut universitaire d'études du développement in Geneva. He is best known for his ground-breaking study of the concept and practice of development.-Writings:English...

  • Jean Ziegler
    Jean Ziegler
    Jean Ziegler is a former professor of sociology at the University of Geneva and the Sorbonne, Paris. He was a Member of Parliament for the Social Democrats in the Federal Assembly of Switzerland from 1981 to 1999...

    , Swiss sociologist
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