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The University of Geneva is a public university in Geneva, Switzerland. It was founded by John Calvin in 1559 as a theological seminary. In the 17th century, it became a center for Enlightenment scholarship, and in 1873 it dropped its religious affiliations and became officially secular. Today, the university is the second-largest university in Switzerland with a student enrollment of over 13,000. It has programs in many fields but is especially noted for its programs in international relations, law, and scientific research. The University of Geneva’s website>>

Geneva Center for Education and Research in Humanitarian Action

 In 1998, the University of Geneva created the Programme plurifacultaire en action humanitaire (PPAH) with the support of several faculties and humanitarian organizations. The initial objective was to offer senior actors high-quality university training which met their needs and reflected the worldwide reputation of Geneva as an international and humanitarian centre.  For six years PPAH offered a diploma of advanced university studies in humanitarian action.  In 2004, the program was radically transformed at the suggestion of the rector of Geneva University and became the Programme interdisciplinaire en action humanitaire (PIAH).  Several educational courses were offered including the Master of advanced studies (MAS) in humanitarian action in cooperation with a number of humanitarian organizations. Learn more>>

Bike to the University

 One social responsibility program undertaken by the University of Geneva is called "Bike to the University." University employees and students are encouraged to bike to campus with incentives such as a team competition and a prize drawing for all participants. The Faculty of Medicine has launched this campaign to encourage better health in the university community, and also to reduce their environmental footprint. Learn more>>