Global Perspectives Programme
Facilitating the exchange of insights and daily life experiences by students from Switzerland and the US, the Global Perspectives Programme (GPP) is an excellent opportunity for participants with a keen curiosity about other cultures and countries and an interest in their higher education institutions.
GPP incorporates 5 components: an introductory seminar; the hosting of the US delegation in Basel; a joint seminar in Riva San Vitale, Ticino; visits to HE institutions in the US and a conference held in Washington at the programme's close. Programme structure > [PDF/528 KB]
'Participation in the GPP 2011 provided me with a very valuable experience. It allowed me to gain insights into the High Education (HE) sector in the US as well as helped me to better understand the HE structure in Switzerland. I was able to reflect on my own experience as a PhD student and a postdoc and discuss important topics such as PhD education, student’s foreign exchange, HE career progression etc. with my peers as well as more senior university members. I met many wonderful people and made friends.' Olga Timoshenko, GPP 2011
About the programme
The Global Perspectives Programme 2012 (GPP 2012) closed on June 15th with a conference at the Swiss Embassy in Washington. The conference attended by approximately 60 people was a fulfilling end to the programme for all involved. This was the third round of the programme. Read more about what took place in these three years >
Key dates for GPP 2013 and information about the application procedure can be viewed here [PDF/432 KB].
Further enquries can be made to international-2'at'unibas.ch
GPP is open to all University of Basel PhD students and post doctoral researchers. PhD students are able to earn up to 2 credit points through their participation in the programme. Participants are expected to contribute to all sections of the programme as outlined here [PDF/528 KB].
Global Perspectives Manual
Jointly published by the University of Basel and Virginia Tech, the Global Perspectives manual brings together contributions in the form of written reports from both Swiss and US participants. The manual features issues and themes surrounding HE, thus building a platform for discussion of the shared challenges and opportunities of a global HE landscape.
GPP Alumni is a growing network of outward looking individuals committed to active engagement in global networks and partnerships. Alumni activities provide a framework for continuing the conversations that have begun in the course of the programme and cultivate a culture of interdisciplinary dialogue amongst the academic community.
GPP Input Seminar
The GPP input seminar is an event open to all University of Basel students interested in the topic of global Higher Education. It is an opportunity to learn about features of the US higher education system, comprehend in more detail aspects of Switzerland’s own higher education sector and engage in discussion with peers from different disciplines around the University. At the same time, this seminar prepares GPP participants for upcoming exchanges with Virginia Tech students and for their visit to the United States.
Keep an eye out for next year's seminar dates. Enquiries can be made to international-2'at'unibas.ch