Geneva-based Swiss UMEF is now certified—but further changes are required
On December 16, Swiss UMEF became Geneva’s only private school to be certified by the Swiss Accreditation Council (SAC) under the new Swiss certification requirements that have come into force on January 1, 2023. But the SAC’s seal of approval comes at a high price: Swiss UMEF—an
How Geneva’s private ‘universities’ are shamelessly exploiting the Global South
Aggressive marketing in developing countries and taking advantage of ambitious overseas students are the bread and butter of many local private schools. Their targets? Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Africa—despite the difficulties in obtaining Swiss visas for students from these regions. One struggling woman from Cameroon tells The
#97 The G|O Briefing, May 12, 2022
New accusations about Geneva's bogus 'universities' - Can the WTO help avert a catastrophic global food crisis?
Complaining of worthless diplomas, former students claim they were deceived by some of Geneva’s private universities
A G|O investigation reveals that sham diplomas, misleading claims, and shifty business practices seem to be common at some of Geneva’s private “universities”. The Geneva Observer has reviewed the documented complaints of more than a dozen former students and staff members from two different private colleges: the Geneva
#95 The G|O Briefing, April 28, 2022
G|O investigation: students denounce worthless diplomas from some of Geneva's private "universities" — WTO Secretariat reform still contentious
An NGO takes a hard look at the funding of the Human Rights Council experts
BUT IS IT REALLY TRYING TO IMPROVE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE SYSTEM, OR LEADING A CHARGE TO REIN IN THE UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEURS?
Exclusive: Transparency International calls on the WHA to independently investigate disclosures of WHO's Italian whistleblower Francesco Zambon
The Geneva Observer has learned that Transparency International and a broad coalition of organizations advocating for a more robust protection mechanism for UN whistleblowers has sent an open letter to the Seventy-Fourth World Health Assembly (WHA) urging WHO Member States to call for an independent review of the disclosures made
TRIPS Waiver proposal in Geneva mobilizes lobbyists in capitals around the world
Feeling the heat, Big Pharma has been using its financial clout to push back and engage in a frantic lobbying effort to influence governments not to join the project, documents from the US Senate and other organizations show.
#52 The G|O Briefing, April 27, 2021
Exclusive: High Anxiety at UNAIDS after UK massively slashes funding.