International University in Geneva

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International University in Geneva
Latin: studium de rebus vertendis
Motto in English
provide the highest quality education for student success in business and related careers
Type Private, not-for-profit
Established 1997
Chancellor Claude Martin
President Eric Willumsen
Dean Surabhi Aggarwal
Academic staff
Students 270
Location Geneva, Switzerland
46°13′26″N 6°06′04″E / 46.224°N 6.101°E / 46.224; 6.101Coordinates: 46°13′26″N 6°06′04″E / 46.224°N 6.101°E / 46.224; 6.101
Campus Urban
Nickname IUN

The International University in Geneva (IUG), founded in 1997, is a private business school [1][2][3] registered as a not-for-profit Swiss foundation of higher education and located in Geneva, Switzerland.[4]


Founded with the aim of providing a multicutural education, it has the status of a not-for-profit Swiss Private Foundation.[5] Its first president was David Williamson (former president of DuPont).[6] IUG's mission is to "provide the highest quality education for student success in business and related careers" in "cooperation with the international business community".[7] The International Herald Tribune called IUG one of "the most international of Switzerland's university level institutions".[8]

IUG counts 270 students.[9]

Academic programs[edit]

The International University in Geneva offers undergraduate and graduate programs such as bachelor's and master's degrees in several disciplines, including international relations, media and communications, computer science, business administration, international management, and international trade.[10][11]

A Doctorate in Business Administration and Public Administration jointly offered with Plymouth University is also available.[12]

Accreditation status[edit]

The International University in Geneva has both institutional accreditation and program accreditation. The International University in Geneva is accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) as an Independent Higher Education Institution. The British Accreditation Council (BAC) is referenced with the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR). Programs are accredited by the ACBSP which is recognized by the CHEA, and by IACBE. Accredited programs are the MBA, the master of Media & Communication, the master of International Management, the master of International Trade, the master of International Relations & Diplomacy as well as bachelor programs in Business Administration, International Relations and Media & Communication.[13][14]

International University in Geneva is not accredited by the Swiss OAQ, indicating the institution is not recognized as state university in Switzerland.[15]

The International University in Geneva is referenced as an accredited institution on the World Higher Education Database (WHED) of the International Association of Universities (IAU).[citation needed]


In 2017 Eduniversal ranked IUG as an "excellent" business school, amongst the 1000 best in the world and the seventh best school in Switzerland, based on international influence and recognition.[16]


The president is Eric Willumsen (founder and executive vice-president).[17] The chancellor is Claude Martin, former Director General of World Wide Fund for Nature.[18]

Faculty members have earned degrees at London Business School, Cranfield, HLS, IMD, INSEAD, Sorbonne, Berkeley, and work at United Nations agencies, NGOs, and other multinational companies.[citation needed]

Guest speakers and honorary doctors for the graduation ceremony have included Adolf Ogi, Queen Noor of Jordan, Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov, Bertrand Piccard, Edward de Bono, Daniel Borel, Albert II, Prince of Monaco,[19] Patrick Odier, Sepp Blatter, Werner Geissler from Procter & Gamble, and former IOC Director General François Carrard.[20]

Exchange programmes[edit]

IUG has developed educational affiliation agreements for study-abroad in Europe including ESIC Madrid in Spain, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences Helsinki in Finland, Institut Supérieur du Commerce Paris in France and Yeditepe University Istanbul in Turkey.

IUG developed educational affiliation agreements for study-abroad in North and South America including Tulane in New Orleans, IUP in Pennsylvania, MIIS in California, UConn in Connecticut, Champlain College in Vermont, Anahuac University in Mexico City, Universidad Externado de Colombia in Colombia and Universidad de San Ignacio de Loyola in Peru.

Finally IUG also developed affiliation agreements for study-abroad in Asia with the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi - India.[21][22]


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  2. ^ "International University in Geneva - Undergraduate profile". Top universities.
  3. ^ "International University in Geneva". Universities Handbook.
  4. ^ "International University in Geneva". ASIPES. 2014.
  5. ^ "A history of reinvention". Swiss Style. 2016.
  6. ^ "International Geneva Yearbook". Google Books. 2002–2003.
  7. ^ "IUG Brochure 2015-17".
  8. ^ Mary Krienke, "International Education in Switzerland", International Herald Tribune, 29–30 March 2003
  9. ^ "Member schools Swiss federation of Private Schools". Swiss-schools.
  10. ^ "International University in Geneva". Mastersportal.
  11. ^ "World Ranking Guide". World ranking.
  12. ^ "International Relationships - Institutions". Plymouth.
  13. ^ "ACBSP Accredited members". ACBSP.
  14. ^ "IACBE" (PDF). IACBE.
  15. ^ "CRUS Recognized or Accredited Swiss Higher Education Institutions". CRUS.
  16. ^ "Eduniversal ranking". Eduniversal.
  17. ^ "Zoominfo Eric Willumsen". Zoominfo.
  18. ^ "Full Member". Club of Rome. Archived from the original on 2014-03-06.
  19. ^ "Prince Albert 2 of Monaco, awarded an Honorary Doctorate IUG". Divainternational.
  20. ^ "Top Swiss University in International Business Education IUG". Petersons.
  21. ^ "Les formations internationales en Suisse". Studyrama.
  22. ^ "International Network". IUN.

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