2020–2021 Teaching

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We are committed to retaining continuity of all our academic programmes. For this reason, as of September 2020 and for the 2020–2021 academic year, we offer a combination of education on location and online.

In Geneva and Online

Courses will be taught simultaneously in-class and online for our three master's programmes.

This will allow students who are not able to travel to Switzerland within the first weeks or months due to travel restrictions, students at especially high risks or students in quarantine to follow their programme remotely and to interact with their fellow students who are following classes in Geneva.

Recording

All the lectures and tutorials will be recorded and made available to all our students afterwards. This will be particularly useful for students who could not follow a class due to quarantine, illness, time zone difference or because they are at especially high risk.

Additional Health Measures in Geneva

For our students in Geneva, additional measures will be in place if needed – possible social distancing in classrooms, wearing of masks, cleaning of hands and cleaning of classrooms – to ensure a safe learning environment.

A pack of two washable cloth face mask with the Geneva Academy logo is provided to every student at the beginning of the academic year.

Students who have typical symptoms of Covid-19 must immediately inform the Student Office and follow the recommendations issued by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOHP).

MONITORING  OF THE SITUATION

We are closely monitoring the evolution of the situation. Our students will be regularly informed about changes in the recommendations issued by the FOPH and by the State of Geneva,  as well as changes in the measures decided by our two parent institutions – the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

Quality of Teaching and Interactivity

We make sure that all the teaching continues with a high level of quality that has made the reputation of the Geneva Academy. Our professors have gained a great deal of experience with online teaching during the previous academic year when all the courses went online. They are also receiving professional support as well as coaching from our staff. Online webinars also allowed them to exchange during the summer around best practices related to online teaching.

The three-months of online teaching we experienced during the 2019–2020 academic year due to the COVID–19 crisis showed that we were able to ensure continued high-quality teaching, as well as a high degree of interaction during classes. Extracurricular activities – like events, exchanges with practitioners or seminars – have also successfully been taking place online.

Online Orientation Week

The orientation week, which takes place the week before the start of the academic year, is happening this year exclusively online. Interactive videos and content will allow students to discover the campus, their fellow colleagues and their respective programmes.

Internships

The internships integrated into the LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (LLM) and MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ) will take place, either fully or partially online, depending on the evolution of the situation.

Study Trip

There is currently no possibility to guarantee that the LLM and MTJ study trips will take place at the beginning of the second semester, as it will depend on the evolution of the situation.

Moot Courts

There is currently no possibility to guarantee that the Pictet Competition and the Mandela Moot Court court will take place in 2021, as it will depend on the evolution of the situation.

2020–2021 Teaching

As of September 2020 and for the 2020–2021 academic year, we offer a combination of education on location and online.2021 academic year, we offer a combination of education on location and online.

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Facilities, Support and IT

We've put in place the necessary IT facilities and support to ensure the smooth running of all our classes in an environment that ensures high-quality teaching and interactions between all participants

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Prospective and Future students

We are adapting rapidly to the situation related to the COVID–19 pandemic and are in a position to ensure continued high quality and interactive teaching for our three master’s programmes.

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Our Resources and Experts

From the human rights impact of COVID–19 to responding to the pandemic in conflict zones, discover what our experts and events say on the issue!

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