If there is any indication of how successful the University of Geneva (UNIGE) Continuing and Distance Education offering is, it is probably the 10,000 participants who join its programmes every year.
The portfolio of programmes counts more than 250 of them, including the MBAs, IOMBA, LL.M. Tax, MAS in European and International Governance, DAS, and MAS on Drug Discovery presented in this dossier.
“The programme on digital communication, web expertise, and social media, which registers several applications every week, all year long, is an example of an innovative and relevant continuing education programme. It is important that the University of Geneva always remains the trusted brand for education,” said Dr. Sophie Huber, director of the UNIGE’s Centre for Continuing and Distance Education. All of the UNIGE courses draw on innovative teaching methods, inputs of practitioners, and burgeoning technologies, so that graduates are prepared for the current needs of the job market, whether they look for career progression or reorientation. To cater to professional schedules, programmes offer courses in block, two-week, evening, and weekend formats. Courses range in subject matter from international and humanitarian affairs to business management, education, sustainable development, medical sciences, and theology, among others.
Some programmes lead to diplomas awarded by the University of Geneva, such as the Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS), Diplomas of Advanced Studies (DAS), and Certificates of Advanced Studies (CAS). In addition, various qualifying programmes short courses, workshops, Executive Summer Courses, and conferences are offered. They cater to a wide audience and provide the participants with an opportunity to update or deepen knowledge or skills.
“It is the Centre’s mission to support faculties in launching programmes, monitor trends, anticipate future training needs, and identify best training formats in a variety of sectors, so we constantly look at benchmarks in Switzerland, Europe, and the world in general”, Dr. Huber said.
The University is able to stay on trend through networking, strategic partnerships with world-renowned universities, Geneva-based international organisations like the UN, specialised agencies, the CERN, and the OECD in Paris and through close ties with the private sector.
For the past year the focus has been on the digital world as well as on the international transformations, especially Agenda 2030 and the SDGs. The portfolio of programmes aims at building capacities towards the digital revolution and the implementation of the SDGs.
For more information visit: https://www.unige.ch/formcont/programmes/english/
Article by Paige Baschuk