Symposium on the origins of international education and on the birth of the International School of Geneva

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the International School of Geneva, better known as ECOLINT. ECOLINT is the first international school in the modern world. Its creation goes hand in hand with the establishment of the League of Nations and the arrival of international civil servants in Geneva. That school, which started with 8 students and three professors, now has three campuses around Geneva with thousands of students from different backgrounds. Among its most illustrious students is, for example, Indira Gandhi.


The symposium on the origins and future of international education and the birth of the International School of Geneva began with a historical presentation of the school by Alejandro Rodriguez-Goivo (Archivist of the School’s Foundation). It was followed by sessions on ECOLINT’s participation in the construction of the International Baccalaureate or the influence of the New Education and its pedagogues in the beginnings of ECOLINT. Among the speakers were Michael Aeschliman, Joost Raessens, Federico Ferretti, Conan de Wilde, Ian Hill, and Conrad Hughes.


OIDEL’s director Ignasi Grau made a presentation on the future of education in a world dominated by artificial intelligence and the immediacy of technology. Grau’s presentation served to encourage ECOLINT to claim an education based on knowledge and trust in the educational community, including parents.