The GEST programme aims to enhance an understanding of the structures and mechanisms that need to be in place to promote gender equality in global and local contexts. The programme emphasizes critical thinking skills and aims to equip fellows with the essential analytical tools for understanding gender equality and its impacts on social development and public policy. The teaching methods employ an interactive approach, with an emphasis on transnational dialogue, cultural difference, and social diversity. Fellows and instructors are encouraged to develop a sense of how meaning is transformed when travelling from one culture to another.

The main objectives are to develop:

  • The capacity of professionals and organizations working to advance gender equality in developing, conflict and post-conflict societies.
  • An understanding of the main issues in international gender equality studies and how they apply to different cultures, and how they intersect with ethnicity, sexuality, religion, race and class. 
  • Skills in gender analysis and in dissemination of knowledge about gender equality methods.
  • The capacity to engage in critical and transnational dialogue on gender equality issues.
  • An ability to organize and manage projects focusing on gender equality.
  • A sense of the individual’s social and geographic location, and of how meanings of main concepts and practices are changed through transnational transfers and dialogues.

The programme consists of six to seven modules, each equivalent to 5 ECTS. The following modules are offered spring term 2020:



The Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (GEST) was established in January 2009. Since then 152 fellows from 25 different countries have graduated with a postgraduate diploma in International Gender Equality Studies. Here below you will find a directory of former programmes: