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H.E. Kjell Magne Bondevik

Former Prime Minister of Norway

Conference of 25 May 2021

Democracy and Human Rights as Basis for Lasting Peace

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (BA)


The BA programme is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of global issues, international politics, and intercultural dynamics. Throughout this program, students will study various subjects, including diplomacy, international organisations, global conflicts, international cooperation, and many other aspects of international relations.



  • To provide students with an in-depth knowledge of key concepts in international relations.

  • To develop analytical and problem-solving skills necessary to understand and address global challenges.

  • To cultivate awareness of cultural diversity and intercultural issues.

  • To prepare students for careers in diplomacy, international politics, international development, security, and other fields related to international relations.


Career Opportunities:

  • Diplomat or Foreign Service Officer

  • Political Analyst or International Relations Analyst

  • International Policy Researcher

  • International Development Project Manager

  • Global Security Specialist

  • International Trade Expert

  • International Relations Consultant


Learning outcomes:

  1. Understand key concepts and theories of international relations.

  2. Analyse global issues and formulate evidence-based solutions.

  3. Communicate effectively in an international and intercultural context.

  4. Conduct independent research on topics related to international relations.

  5. Understand the workings of international organisations and diplomacy.

  6. Develop a critical perspective on global issues and international policies.

Programme brochure

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SWISS UMEF was founded in 1984, in accordance with Swiss Law, as a higher private education institution in Geneva and is institutionally accredited by the Swiss Accreditation Council, in accordance with the Higher Education Act (HEdA).


SWISS UMEF is also certified by EDUQUA (the Swiss quality label) and has programme accreditation by ACBSP and IACBE.


SWISS UMEF is proud to have been the first private federally accredited institution as a University of Applied Sciences Institute in Geneva.

  • Swiss Accreditation Council

  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

  • International Accreditation Council for Business Education

  • CHEA - Council for Higher Education Accreditation

  • EduQua

Keynote speakers:


  • HE Kjell Magne Bondevik - Former Prime Minister of Norway

  • HE Heinz Fischer - 11th President of the Republic of Austria

  • HE Dr George Vella - President of the Republic of Malta

  • Professor Ioannis Varoufakis - Former Minister, Economist, Politician

  • Ms Ouided Bouchamaoui - Nobel Peace Prize 2015 winner

  • HE Donald J. Johnston - Former Minister of State of the Canadian Government

  • HE Thierry Apothéloz - State Councillor of the Canton of Geneva

  • HE Nasser Kamel - Secretary-General, Union for the Mediterranean

  • HE David M. Malone - Recteur de l'Université des Nations unies

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