The IGS North-South was developed within the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South. It is based on an inter-university agreement between the universities of Basel, Bern, Lausanne and Zurich in Switzerland as well as on selected cooperation agreements – currently under negotiation – with leading universities from countries in the South and East. Four institutions of the three Swiss universities involved have joined forces to create a common doctoral programme on issues of global change, innovation, and sustainable development:
University of Basel
The Swiss Peace Foundation, swisspeace, is associated with the University of Basel and also participates in the Graduate School Social Sciences (G3S).
The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Swiss TPH, is associated with the University of Basel and part of the PhD Programme of the Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+).
University of Bern
The Centre for Development and Environment, CDE, is a university research and education centre administratively affiliated to the Faculty of Science of the University of Bern. CDE offers training courses for the IGS North-South in collaboration with its members.
University of Zurich
The Development Study Group Zurich, DSGZ, is based at the Department of Geography of the University of Zurich and part of the Zurich Graduate School in Geography.
University of Lausanne
The Institute of Geography and Sustainability, IGD, is one of three institutes that comprise the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment of the University of Lausanne. This faculty, quite uniquely in Switzerland and in Europe, combines a large spectrum of natural-science and social-science disciplines related to environment and sustainable development.