The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is an institution of research and higher education dedicated to the study of world affairs, with a particular emphasis on the cross-cutting fields of international relations and development issues.

Through its core activities, the Graduate Institute aims to promote international cooperation and make a contribution to the progress of developing societies. More broadly, the Graduate Institute endeavours to develop creative thinking on the major challenges of our time, foster global responsibility and advance respect for diversity.

The Graduate Institute is a cosmopolitan community located in the heart of Geneva, an international city and a centre of global governance. By intensively engaging with international organizations, NGO's, governments and multinational companies, the Graduate Institute participates in global discussions and prepares future policy-makers to lead tomorrow's world.