Who we are


The Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations is a small, exclusive university institute in the very heart of international diplomacy: Geneva, Switzerland.

Attracting students from all over the world, GSD is committed to offering the highest level of education to a small number of qualified students. We offer Academic Degree Programmes from the Bachelor, Master, Executive and Doctorate level and Diplomatic Skills trainings specialized in International Relations and Diplomacy.

GSD programmes are a unique combination of conceptual courses in diplomacy and international relations and applied internships within the diplomatic community or an international organization to prepare students for their future careers.

We aim at making the academic journey towards graduation a learning experience of exceptional stimulation, elegance and unforgettable intellectual and social encounters. Our focus is to offer our students the full panoply of abilities needed by professionals in the fields of government, politics, law, economics, journalism, international business and humanitarian work.

All our courses are taught in English by our highly distinguished faculty – renowned professors, ambassadors, statesmen and stateswomen, business people, humanitarians, journalists, theologians, lawyers – selected for educating skills and humanitarian commitment alike.

Our Founder and President


Dr. Colum de Sales Murphy is the president and founder of GSD.

A native of Ireland, he served the United Nations and International Community for more than 32 years. He is a specialist in human rights and in negotiations in conflict areas. As UN Deputy Head of Political Affairs inside Bosnia, he negotiated the Winter Ceasefire and later, the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement in Bosnia in 1994.

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