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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. Five institutions of the four Swiss universities involved have joined forces to create a common doctoral programme on issues of global change, innovation, and sustainable development:

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 Basel


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 Bern


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.


University of Lausanne


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 Zurich