The Institute

Operating since 2010, the Institute of Learning and Teaching created by the International School of Geneva (Ecolint) exists to promote lifelong learning among members of the Ecolint community, and beyond. The Institute seeks to lead and support best pedagogical practice, to promote Foundation-wide educational initiatives, and to encourage and disseminate the results of educational research within the Foundation while ensuring the school’s visibility in local and international educational communities.

To ensure these aims, the Institute offers professional development opportunities through trainings and educational events. They are mainly for Ecolint staff but some of them – including our 4 flagship trainings – are open to the public.

The International School of Geneva (Ecolint)

Ecolint, the world’s first ever international school, was founded in 1924 by local pedagogical innovators and civil servants from the ILO and the League of Nations (the precursor to the UN). With 140 nationalities and 80 mother tongues, there is no school on earth with a more extraordinarily diverse student body.

Ecolint exists to educate for peace and to inculcate strong humanitarian values of inclusiveness, respect and inter-cultural understanding in everything we do.

Committed to bilingualism, and resolutely not-for-profit, we have been educating for a better world for over 90 years.

 

The Institute Staff

The Institute is staffed by a team of highly experienced international educators, supported by a bilingual administrative team. Under the responsibility of Dr Karen Taylor, Ecolint’s full time Director of Education, the day to day affairs of the Institute are run by Co-Directors Mrs Alison Ball (anglophone programmes) and Mr Frédéric Mercier (francophone programmes).

Institute courses are taught by a large team of staff, both from within Ecolint and from our partner educational institutions, as well as other independent professionals specialised in their domains.