By Anthony Kleitz
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the MacJannet Fletcher Fellows, a groundbreaking academic exchange program between Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and what is now the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. What was then the first student exchange program for both institutions is today the world’s oldest graduate international exchange program.
Both graduate schools were already pioneers in their field: Fletcher is the oldest graduate school of international studies in the U.S., while the Geneva Institute is the oldest in continental Europe. But during the ensuing half-century, both Fletcher and Geneva have added numerous other exchange programs with other institutes, building on the increasing recognition of the role that such exchanges can play in a globalizing world.