Webster University Geneva

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Webster University Geneva
Webster University Geneva Horizontal Logo.jpg
Type Private, four-year
Chancellor Neil George
President Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble
Location Geneva, Switzerland
Website http://www.webster.ch/

Webster University Geneva is the Swiss campus of Webster University based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Founded in 1978,[1] Webster University Geneva was the university’s first international campus and is currently its largest one outside of the United States, with approximately 670 students from 90 countries (470 undergraduate and 200 graduate students).[2] Webster University operates as an independent, non-denominational university with nearly 100 campus locations around the world.[3][4] See List of Webster University Campuses.

History[edit]

Webster University Geneva was founded in 1978. From 1978 to 1983, the University was housed in the John Knox Center in Grand-Saconnex. In 1983 the University moved to its current location, which at the time included a large house (the current administration building) and 24’000 sq/m of land. Webster University Geneva rented the Bellevue Campus property for three years before obtaining the purchasing permit from the Swiss Government in 1986. After rezoning the land, the campus began the construction of two, three-floor buildings measuring 225 square meters each. The buildings now hold the campus’s main classrooms, library, cafeteria, some academic offices and a recording studio, as well as computer, media and photography labs. The University then added another building for freshman campus housing, which holds additional classrooms and student services offices, as well as a student lounge and fitness room.[2] Since 2009, Webster University also rents a residence (Les Berges du Rhône) for student housing. This residence is located in the center of Geneva along the Rhône river.[5]

Gallery[edit]

Campus Directors[edit]

John Rider, Ph. D. 1978 - 1980
Ann White, Ph. D. 1980 - 1986
Richard Springer, M.A. 1986 - 1991
Bernard Ivaldi, Ph. D. 1991 - 1994
James Evans, Ph. D. 1994 - 1995
Robert Spencer, Ph. D. 1995 - 2013
Willem Jan Hofmans, MIBS 2013 – 2014
Charles Beech 2014
Clementina Acedo, Ph. D. 2014 – Present

Accreditation Status[edit]

Webster University Geneva is accredited via the accreditation of Webster University in St.Louis[6]

Academic Programs[edit]

The Geneva Campus offers undergraduate and graduate programs including Bachelors and Master degrees in International Relations, Media Communications, Psychology, History, Photography, Business Administration, Finance, Computer Science, Human Resources Management as well as certificates in International Human Rights, Marketing, Refugee studies, Website development and design, photojournalism, studio/commercial photography and "Leadership & Gestion dans le domaine de la Santé (in french).[7][8]

Departmental Conferences[edit]

Since 1996 Webster Geneva has held a series of departmental conferences that are free and open to the public. These conferences are either held on campus or in larger venues in Geneva. The International Relations Department has the longest history with 2014 seeing the 19th International Humanitarian Conference on the theme of conflict resolution.[9] This department also holds a second yearly conference in the Fall (2013 being the 14th) and an annual Security Forum.

In recent years Both the Media Communications Department and Psychology Department have held conferences with notable speakers including Zoriah Miller, Moushira Khattab and Emmy van Deurzen.[10][11]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 48°13′25″N 16°25′26″E / 48.22361°N 16.42389°E / 48.22361; 16.42389

References[edit]

  1. ^ Webster University Library, Historical dates: 1970s. Retrieved October 9, 2014
  2. ^ a b Webster University Geneva at a Glance "Webster Official Website". April 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Commemorating the centennial of Webster University". http://thomas.loc.gov. 3 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Master Studies Webster University Leiden". http://www.masterstudies.com. 
  5. ^ Webster Geneva Housing. Retrieved April 30, 2013
  6. ^ www.ncahlc.org. Retrieved April 30, 2013
  7. ^ "Webster University Geneva Undergraduate programs". http://www.webster.ch. 
  8. ^ "Webster Geneva Graduate Programs". http://www.webster.ch. 
  9. ^ 19th International Humanitarian Conference. Retrieved November 29, 2013
  10. ^ Media Trends 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2013
  11. ^ Counseling and Psychology Conference. Retrieved November 29, 2013