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The IGS North-South is dedicated to establishing a leading international research network that analyses the impacts of global change, with a view to advancing sustainable development worldwide. It emphasizes an integrative, partnership-based research approach encompassing higher education at the PhD level, innovation, and application. The IGS North-South is currently training over 100 students from eight regions in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

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, and selected cooperation agreements with leading universities from countries in the global South and East. IGS North-South PhD candidates may attend courses offered by the school’s partner universities. The IGS North-South certificate will supplement the degree they receive from their home institution.

In order to provide appropriate training, the IGS North-South offers disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary courses.

Since the IGS North-South offers a supplementary certificate, the School does not provide funding for PhD research or salaries. Nevertheless, most courses of the IGS North-South are free of charge, except for the annual Summer School (read more here).