European Graduate School

European Graduate School
Type Graduate School; Private; Non-for-profit
Established 1994
Founder Paolo J. Knill, Wolfgang Schirmacher
Parent institution
The European Graduate School Foundation [1]
President Hubertus von Amelunxen
Dean Margo Fuchs Knill (AHS), Stephen K. Levine (AHS), Christopher Fynsk (PACT)
Location Leuk-Stadt, Switzerland (Administrative Office); Saas-Fee, Switzerland; Valletta, Malta

The European Graduate School (EGS) is a cross-disciplinary institution of higher education awarding Masters and Doctoral degrees within its two divisions: Arts, Health and Society (AHS), and Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought (PACT).[2] Founded in Switzerland, the School operates on two locations: Saas-Fee, Switzerland, and Valletta, Malta.

The EGS is a privately funded international graduate school founded by the non-profit European Foundation of Interdisciplinary Studies. EGS is not recognized by the Swiss University Conference, the main regulatory body for universities in Switzerland.[3]


The Arts, Health, and Society Division was established in Saas-Fee, Switzerland in 1994.

The division of Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought focuses on socio-political, philosophical, and artistic inquiry.[4] Faculty and guest lecturers give three- to six-day courses during four-week summer seminars. Visiting faculty have included Giorgio Agamben, Chantal Akerman, and Pierre Alféri.[5][6][7][8][9][10]

Studies involve two years of coursework, including rigorous online writing requirements based on a structured reading list, and two three-week summer seminars in Switzerland, during which students are evaluated for their active participation in nine hours of seminars and lectures each day with visiting professors, philosophers, filmmakers, and artists and spend their final three years writing a thesis or dissertation, followed by a traditional oral defense.[11]


EGS is licensed as a university in Malta[12] and is recognized in the Swiss canton where it operates,[13] but is not recognized by the Swiss University Conference, the main regulatory body for universities in Switzerland.[14] In the US, the State of Texas includes the European Graduate School on its published list of institutions that issue "fraudulent or substandard degrees" and notes that it is illegal to use an EGS degree to obtain employment within the state.[15]

Notes and references

  2. Atkins, Sally (2005). "Artists in Community: The Black Mountain College and the White Mountain Graduate School.". POIESES: A Journal of the Arts and Communications. 7: 108–124.
  3. "swissuniversities". Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  4. Art & Education Summer residencies 2015 Accessed: September 22, 2015
  5. Gregory, Derek. "The black flag: Guantánamo Bay and the space of exception": Geografiska Annaler. Series B: Human Geography. December 2006, Vol. 88 Issue 4, Pages: 405–427
  6. Kuhn, Albert. Interview mit einem schnellen Brüter. Die Weltwoche. No. 45/05, 2005
  7. (Press release) e-flux. Think Media: The Black Mountain College is back - in Switzerland! Gregory Ulmer. e-flux. International network of Visual Art Professionals. 2002
  8. Fedianina, Olga. 6. Juni 1950: Chantal Akerman. Jüdische Zeitung. Unabhängige Monatszeitung für zeitgenössisches Judentum. June 2006
  9. Haber, John. Chantal Akerman: Bordering on Fiction. Haber Arts.
  10. University of Buffalo.Bilingual reading by Pierre Alféri Accessed: August 4th, 2011
  11. Filmmaker Magazine Blog, The European Graduate School, by Scott Macaulay, March 2004
  12. "List of Licensed Institutions and Accredited Courses > Universities". Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  13. Canton du Valais Formation et recherche universitaires Page accessed April 7, 2016
  14. "swissuniversities". Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  15. "Institutions Whose Degrees are Illegal to Use in Texas". Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Retrieved 18 February 2016.

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