European Graduate School

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European Graduate School
Type Graduate School; Private; Not-for-profit
Established 1994
Founders Paolo Knill, Wolfgang Schirmacher
Parent institution
The European Graduate School Foundation [1]
President Hubertus von Amelunxen
Dean Margo Fuchs Knill (AHS), Stephen K. Levine (AHS), Christopher Fynsk (PACT)
Location Leuk-Stadt, Switzerland (Administrative Office); Saas-Fee, Switzerland; Valletta, Malta

The European Graduate School (EGS) is a cross-disciplinary institution of higher education awarding Masters and Doctoral degrees within its two divisions: Arts, Health and Society (AHS), and Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought (PACT).[2] Founded in Switzerland, the School operates on two locations: Saas-Fee, Switzerland, and Valletta, Malta.

The EGS is a privately funded international graduate school founded by the non-profit European Foundation of Interdisciplinary Studies. EGS is not recognized by the Swiss University Conference, the main regulatory body for universities in Switzerland.[3]


The European Graduate School was founded in 1994 in Saas-Fee, Switzerland as a private “summer university”. Its founding rector is the Swiss scientist, artist, and therapist, Paolo Knill[4][5]. EGS initially offered Masters programs in Expressive Arts Therapy and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies. In 1996, it began offering PhDs in Expressive Arts Therapy. The early development of EGS was part of a broader initiative to develop a network of training institutes in Expressive Arts Therapy[6].

The PACT division of EGS was founded by Wolfgang Schirmacher[4]. It was initially named the 'Media and Communications' division.


The division of Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought focuses on socio-political, philosophical, and artistic inquiry.[7] Faculty and guest lecturers give three- to six-day courses during four-week summer seminars. Visiting faculty have included Giorgio Agamben, Chantal Akerman, and Pierre Alféri.[8][9][10][11][12][13]

Studies involve two years of coursework, including rigorous online writing requirements based on a structured reading list, and two three-week summer seminars in Switzerland, during which students are evaluated for their active participation in nine hours of seminars and lectures each day with visiting professors, philosophers, filmmakers, and artists and spend their final three years writing a thesis or dissertation, followed by a traditional oral defense.[14]


EGS is licensed as a university in Malta[15] and is recognized in the Swiss canton where it operates,[16] but is not recognized by the Swiss University Conference, the main regulatory body for universities in Switzerland.[17]

Notes and references[edit]

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  2. ^ Atkins, Sally (2005). "Artists in Community: The Black Mountain College and the White Mountain Graduate School.". POIESES: A Journal of the Arts and Communications. 7: 108–124. 
  3. ^ "swissuniversities". Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Zurbriggen, Andreas (2015-08-19). "Universitätsstadt Saas-Fee" [University Town Saas-Fee]. Walliser Bote (in German). 
  5. ^ Levine, Ellen; Levine, Stephen K.; Knill, Paolo, eds. (2005). Principles and Practice of Expressive Arts Therapy. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. p. 256. ISBN 1 84642 032 6. 
  6. ^ Levine, Ellen; Levine, Stephen K., eds. (1999). Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy: Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives. London. p. 9-10. ISBN 1 85302 463 5. 
  7. ^ Art & Education Summer residencies 2015 Accessed: September 22, 2015
  8. ^ Gregory, Derek. "The black flag: Guantánamo Bay and the space of exception": Geografiska Annaler. Series B: Human Geography. December 2006, Vol. 88 Issue 4, Pages: 405–427
  9. ^ Kuhn, Albert. Interview mit einem schnellen Brüter. Die Weltwoche. No. 45/05, 2005
  10. ^ (Press release) e-flux. Think Media: The Black Mountain College is back - in Switzerland! Gregory Ulmer. e-flux. International network of Visual Art Professionals. 2002
  11. ^ Fedianina, Olga. 6. Juni 1950: Chantal Akerman. Jüdische Zeitung. Unabhängige Monatszeitung für zeitgenössisches Judentum. June 2006
  12. ^ Haber, John. Chantal Akerman: Bordering on Fiction. Haber Arts.
  13. ^ University of Buffalo.Bilingual reading by Pierre Alféri Accessed: August 4th, 2011
  14. ^ Filmmaker Magazine Blog, The European Graduate School, by Scott Macaulay, March 2004
  15. ^ "List of Licensed Institutions and Accredited Courses > Universities". Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  16. ^ Canton du Valais Formation et recherche universitaires Page accessed April 7, 2016
  17. ^ "swissuniversities". Retrieved 15 March 2016. 

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