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 an academic institution 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.


Compliance / Accreditation and the EGS Foundation Wayne Sutherland, MA, CAGS
Administration Office Head Brigitte Campagnani 
Chairman of the EGS Executive Board Prof. Dr. Christopher Fynsk 
Director of Public Affairs  Sarah Brigid Hannis, MA
Chief Loans Officer
Mark Daniel Cohen, MA 
Financial Officer
Simon Imhasly (APROA AG) 
Legal Counsel
H. P. Jaeger
Legal Counsel Malta
Dr. Tonio Fenech
EGS Representative for Gender Equality
Prof. Dr. Margo Fuchs Knill
Senior Assistant Director / EGS Visuals & Archive
Dr. Alejo Duque
IT Services
Jean-Baptiste Mittet

AHS / Academic Administration
Dean of the Division Arts, Health, and Society
Prof. Dr. Margo Fuchs Knill
Program Director / CAGS & PhD Dr. José Miguel Calderon
Honorary Dean PhD Program 
Prof. Dr. Stephen K. Levine
Assistant to Dean MA Program
Anna Fenech, MA

PACT / Academic Administration
Dean & Program Director  Prof. Dr. Christopher Fynsk
Assistant Dean  Mark Daniel Cohen, MA
Registrar Sarah Brigid Hannis, MA 
Assistant to the Dean  Dr. Nemanja Mitrovic

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 institution's Swiss residence, Saas-Fee, and by the EGIS (European Foundation of Interdisciplinary Studies) based in Zürich, Switzerland. The EGS Executive Board is composed of the senior management of the institution and oversees all academic and operational matters.


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. Since 2016, the Foundation EGSF is recognized as a voluntary organization in Malta. Since February 2017, Friends of The European Graduate School Inc. has been established in New York as a not-for-profit company for the purposes of fundraising.

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 institution's long-term strategy, for the search and appointment of the institution Executive Committee, and for the acceptance of the Annual Financial Results and the Annual Budgets of the institution. 

Board of Trustees (as of 01 January 2019):
Peter Margelist, lic. iur. / Chairman of the Board / Visp, Switzerland
Roger Kalbermatten, lic.rer.pol. / Saas-Fee, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.C. Paolo J. Knill / Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Susan Riester Plüss, MPH/CAGS / Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Dr. Martin Meyer / Sion, Switzerland
Prof. Mag. Gerhard Hofbauer / Salzburg, Austria

EGS Executive Board (as of 12 February 2018):

Prof. Dr. Christopher Fynsk 
Prof. Dr. Margo N. Fuchs 
Wayne Sutherland, MA, CAGS
Simon Imhasly 

EGS Dean’s Council:

Prof. Dr. José Miguel Calderon / Program Director CAGS & PhD / Lima, Peru
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. Read in-depth details on our Accreditation Page↗.

EGS 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, The European Graduate School Administration Office, Seewjinenstrasse 6 CH-3930 Visp SwitzerlandEmail:

Code of Ethics

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