Department Overview :
The Culture and Institutions department aims to immerse students in the diplomatic world via visits to international organizations, both governmental and non-governmental institutions, think tanks, museums and cultural foundations. For example, we have visited the Museum of the Swiss people in the World, that highlights diplomatic relations between Switzerland and other countries, as well as the presence of Swiss people around the world. We have also visited the exhibition “War and Peace” at the Martin Bodmer foundation that featured numerous international treaties such as the Treaty of Fribourg (1516) and the treaty that brought the Thirty Years War to an end (Peace of Westphalia).
During those visits, the department helps students discover different actors who play a role in international affairs. Furthermore, the department highlights the relationship between culture and diplomacy.
A word from the department’s co-chief Alissa Gueldyeva :
“My name is Alissa Gueldyeva and I currently occupy two positions within the SDSA: co-chief of the Culture and Institution Department and active member of the Community Manager department.
Prior to joining the SDSA, I was finishing my bachelor’s degree in international relations at McGill University in Canada. I came to Geneva to start a master’s degree in European Studies and I wanted to get familiar not only with the diplomatic world, which is closely related to my studies, but also with the student community, and thus to better understand how Swiss institutions and international organizations work. I started to get involved in the Culture and Institutions department because I wanted our members to be more familiar with the cultural and institutional pillars that shape diplomacy. In my opinion, these are significant elements in this field. With my colleagues, I helped to co-organize a guided tour at the famous Martin Bodmer Foundation where we visited the War and Peace exhibition. My department’s goal is to encourage members to have a solid cultural foundation, which might later help to stand out during a job interview or for their own personal enrichment. It is a genuine pleasure for me to actively participate in the SDSA and I will do my best to keep this association as active as possible.“
A word from the co-chief Oscar Breuer
“My arrival in Geneva in September 2019 constituted a milestone for my professional goal: become a diplomat. Just like many of us, I study international relations in order to learn field-related skills and to better understand the topics of this field. When I joined the SDSA, I immediately knew which department would be the best fit for me: Culture and Institutions. The idea of promoting diplomacy through this angle seemed primordial to me. Diplomacy will remain effective only when people come closer together, and that is why respecting and knowing about other cultures is the basis upon which closer relationships will be built.”
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