IDHEAP, Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration

Lausanne, Switzerland
IDHEAP: the Swiss excellence center in Public Administration & Management teaching, research and consulting


The only Swiss university institute fully dedicated to teaching, research and consulting in Public Administration and Management, established in 1981 by EPFL (one of the worlds leading technological universities) and the university of Lausanne (founded in 1537 and ranked 45nd in the World by the Leiden Ranking 2010).

Funded and recognized by the Swiss Confederation and fully accredited by the Swiss university Conference and at the european level (European Association for Public Administration Accreditation).

Representing Swizterland in major international networks and institutions, such as the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) and the Network of European Schools and Institutes of Public Administration (DISPA/NESIPA). Associate Member of NASPAA (US National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration).

Leading house of the Swiss Public administration network, grouping Switzerlands major Public administration programmes.

Swizterlands most prestigious programs in Public administration (MPA, doctorate in Public administration, executive diplomas and seminars...).

An experienced faculty with both a solid academic background and an extensive field experience either as senior executives or consultants, regularly consulted by Swiss and international public administrations.

A human-sized academic institution (14 professors, 80 staff, 400 students), whith student-oriented and supportive professors keen to remain approachable and to preserve friendly relations with their students.

Prestigious international partnerships: Chinese Academy of Governance (formerly Chinese National School of Administration), Sun Yat Sen University (School of Government), Renmin University, Nanjing university, Quebec National School of Public Administration, German University of Administrative Sciences (DHV Speyer), Portugal National Institute of Administration, Ukrainian National Academy of Public Administration...

An extensive alumni network including hundreds of decision-makers and senior executives, such as the Mayor of Zurich, the Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, the General Director of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences, the General Manager of Genevas Public Transport Agency, the Deputy Director of the Graduate Institute for International Relations, the Vice-Director of the Swiss Innovation Promotion Agency, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Swiss Senate or the Chief of Human Resources at the United Nations Institute for Training & Research, to name a few.

Prestigious clienst / funding bodies: European Union, Council of Europe, International Olympic Committee, Revenue Department of Thailand, Office of the President of Ukraine, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, Union of European Football Associations, Madagascar Ministry of Finance, Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Swiss Federal Social Insurance Office, Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, Swiss Federal Office for Culture, Kosovo Ministry of Public Administration, City of Kinshasa, City of Geneva, City of Bern, State of Fribourg, State of Vaud...

30 years of experience in Public administration teaching and executive education.

A central and convenient location:

  • on one of the greenest, most dynamic and international campus in Europe, in the heart of the Swiss Silicon Valley
  • 40 minutes away from one of the two major diplomatic capitals, Geneva, and its numerous international organizations;
  • in the very heart of Europe, close to the French, German and Italian borders and to the major European capitals;
  • 9 minutes away from the center of Lausanne and its vibrant cultural and sport life.
A new ultra-modern building, on Lausannes university campus.

A multicultural campus, with 25% of foreign students (60%+ in some PhD programs) and 33% of foreign scholars.

Full access to the University of Lausanne and EPFL infrastructure:

  • library: 2.2 million books, 100.000 online books, 8000 online periodicals
  • sport: 1 sport center open 7 days a week, with more than 80 activities
The greenest campus in Switzerland, on the chores of Lake Geneva, at the doorstep of the Alps and the Jura mountains.

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