The History and Mission of the EGS

Established in the Swiss mountains in 1994 by a non-profit foundation, The European Graduate School / EGS comprises two divisions: Arts, Health & Society (AHS) and Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought (PACT). The AHS Division↗, founded by Paolo Knill↗, centers on the expressive arts, specifically addressing coaching, therapy, education, conflict transformation, and peacebuilding. Founded by Wolfgang Schirmacher↗, the PACT Division↗ (formerly Media & Communication) addresses, as its title suggests, philosophy, art, and critical thought, and within those fields, architecture, film, literature, digital design, music, psychoanalysis, and political thought. Together, the two divisions compose an outstanding and diverse community of artists, theorists, scholars, and practitioners, making the EGS one of the most important sites in Europe for ethical, socio-political, philosophical, psychological and artistic inquiry. Its cross-disciplinary, low-residency MA and PhD programs offer students and scholars an exceptional academic experience centered on annual intensive seminar programs led by an eminent faculty in residence, in Saas-Fee, Switzerland↗, and Valletta, Malta↗. This dynamic structure creates a vibrant forum in which students and scholars engage with distinguished theorists, practitioners, and artists in their fields.

The EGS was created to be a university that would function beyond the many constraints of traditional disciplinary structure while stimulating work leading to respected and well-recognized academic degrees.  For the EGS, education remains a process that is both experimental and transformative, and learning is never divorced from critique.  Faculty are given maximal freedom from cumbersome bureaucratic duties and encouraged to focus on teaching that is not just research-led, but in itself an active form of research.   The EGS does not shy from the requirements of professionalism, but it seeks to redefine the conditions for achieving the true meaning of this term.  The EGS seeks to intervene in a global context where education is increasingly structured by instrumental ends that favour the development of technical expertise and frustrate fundamental questioning.  It seeks to keep alive a spirit of free enquiry devoted to supporting creating practice as well as intellectual exchange of the highest level directed to the most pressing issues of our time.

Please contact for general inquiries, or see below for a detailed list of contacts. 


EGS President and Provost Prof. Dr. Hubertus von Amelunxen
Associate Provost and Deputy Prof. Dr. Michael Schmidt
Finance and Organization Wayne Sutherland, MA, CAGS
Administration Office Head Brigitte Campagnani
Administration Office Assistant Sabine Weissen
Legal Counsel H. P. Jaeger
Legal Counsel Malta Dr. Tonio Fenech
EGS Representative for Gender Equality Prof. Dr. Margo Fuchs Knill
EGS Foundation Sandra Ribeaud

AHS / Academic Administration
Dean Doctoral Program Prof. Dr. Stephen K. Levine
Dean Masters Program Prof. Dr. Margo Fuchs Knill
Assistant to Dean Masters Program Anna Fenech, MA
Program Director / Expressive Arts Conflict Transformation & Peacebuilding Dr. Melinda Ashley Meyer
Director ICAP Research Institute Carrie MacLeod, MA CAGS

PACT / Academic Administration
Dean & Program Director Prof. Dr. Christopher Fynsk
Assistant Dean Mark Daniel Cohen, MA
Director of Public Relations & Admissions Sarah Brigid Hannis, MA
Senior Assistant Director / Archive & Visuals Dr. Alejo Duque

The EGS is governed by a non-profit foundation EGSF (European Graduate School Foundation), co-founded by the State of Wallis, the state region of the University's Swiss residence, Saas-Fee, and by the EGIS (European Foundation of Interdisciplinary Studies) based in Zürich, Switzerland.

Since its inception in 1994, The EGS has been funded entirely by student tuition. The EGS is tax-exempt at both the Swiss state level and federal level; all profits are retained in the institution and are reserved for funding research, student aid, and internal development.

Since 27 June 2007, The EGS has been incorporated under the name of “EGS European Graduate School Foundation” (EGSF) as an independent foundation with legal domicile in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. It is registered in Switzerland under the company identification number CH-600.7.013.087-7 and is being supervised as a non-profit foundation by the Swiss Federal Department of the Interior in Bern. The Foundation EGSF has three founding members, the EGIS Foundation in Zurich, the Canton of Wallis, and the Municipality of Saas-Fee; all members are represented on the EGSF Board of Trustees.

Board of Trustees (as of 01 October 2015):
The EGSF Foundation is governed by a board of trustees. Within The European Graduate School / EGS the Board of Trustees is responsible for the development of the university’s long-term strategy, for the search and appointment of the University Executive Committee, and for the acceptance of the Annual Financial Results and the Annual Budgets of the university.

Prof. Dr. Fritz Schaeren / Chairman of the Board / Feuerthalen, Switzerland
Dr. Felix Zurbriggen / Vice Chairman of the Board / Saas-Fee, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Herbert Eberhart / Langnau a.A., Switzerland
Roger Kalbermatten, lic.rer.pol. / Saas-Fee, Switzerland
Peter Margelist, lic. iur. / Visp, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Michael Schmidt / München, Germany
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.C. Paolo J. Knill / Honorary Member / Arlington MA, USA

University Executive Committee (as of 01 October 2015):
Prof. Dr. Hubertus von Amelunxen / Provost and President / Berlin, Germany
Prof. Dr. Margo N. Fuchs / Dean AHS Masters Program / Arlington, MA USA
Prof. Dr. Christopher Fynsk / Dean PACT Division / New York, NY USA

EGS Dean’s Council:
Prof. Dr. Hubertus von Amelunxen / Provost and President / Berlin, Germany
Prof. Dr. Stephen K. Levine / Dean AHS Doctoral Program / Toronto, Canada
Prof. Dr. Michael Schmidt / Vice Provost / München, Germany
Prof. Dr. Margo N. Fuchs / Dean AHS Masters Program / Arlington, MA USA
Prof. Dr. Christopher Fynsk / Dean PACT Division / New York, NY USA


The European Graduate School / EGS is accredited as a University by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education, Malta and by the State and Canton of Wallis, Switzerland.  Read in-depth details on our Accreditation Page↗, and see the informative Question & Answer session on The EGS Accreditation with Hubertus von Amelunxen↗.

University Partnerships

In recognition of the importance and benefits of international partnerships and the international exchange of students, The EGS has established partnerships with the following universities:

Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal
Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany
Université Paris 8, Paris, France
Graduate School of Music and Theatre, Hamburg, Germany
Graduate School of Music, Munich, Germany
University of Split, Croatia
University of Pristina, Kosovo
Universidade de Evora, Dept. Psicologia, Evora, Portugal
Appalachian State University, Boone NC, USA
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson NY, USA
Clemson University, Clemson SC, USA
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, USA
NSCAD University, Nova Scotia, Canada
Instituto de Estudios Criticos, Mexico City, Mexico
Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, USA

For more information on the scope and extent of these partnerships, please contact Ms. Brigitte Campagnani, Central Administration Office, CH-3953 Leuk-Stadt, Switzerland.

To read Professor Dr. Hubertus von Amelunxen's FAQ on Accreditation, please see here.

Code of Ethics

Please refer to The EGS General Code of Ethics↗ and Research Ethics and Guidelines↗ documents while enrolled at The EGS.