European Graduate SchoolSwitzerland is a privately-funded graduate school founded by the non-profit European Foundation of Interdisciplinary Studies (EGIS). Its German name is Europäische Universität für Interdisziplinäre Studien (EUFIS). The European Graduate School is governed by a Presidential Board that includes a representative of the accrediting state (Swiss canton of Valais).
The EGS was established in 1994 for the purpose of providing continuing education for professionals. The EGS is a graduate and postgraduate degree-granting University of Wallis with three divisions: Media and Communications; Science, Technology and Society; and Arts, Health and Society.
The faculty includes, Giorgio Agamben, Chantal Akerman, Pierre Aubenque, Alain Badiou, Lewis Baltz, Jean Baudrillard, Yve-Alain Bois, Catherine Breillat, Victor Burgin, Judith Butler, Sophie Calle, Diane Davis, Michel Deguy, Manuel De Landa, Claire Denis, Jacques Derrida, Tracey Emin, Chris Fynsk, Peter Greenaway, Durs Grünbein, Werner Hamacher, Donna Haraway, Martin Hielscher, Michel Houellebecq, Shelley Jackson, Claude Lanzmann, David Lynch, Christian Marclay, Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid, Carl Mitcham, Jim Jarmusch, Jean-Luc Nancy, Klaus Ottmann, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Cornelia Parker, Avital Ronell, Wolfgang Schirmacher, Volker Schlöndorff, Michael Schmidt, Hendrik Speck, Bruce Sterling, Sandy Stone, Fred Ulfers, Gregory Ulmer, Agnès Varda, Victor J. Vitanza, Hubertus von Amelunxen, John Waters, Samuel Weber, Krzysztof Zanussi, Siegfried Zielinski and Slavoj Zizek. Jean-François Lyotard was a guiding spirit during the founding phase.
In recognition of the benefits of international scientific exchange the EGS has established a curricular cooperation with the Graduate School of Music and Theater, Hamburg, Germany. The EGS is accredited by permission of the State Council (Staatsrat) of the Canton Valais, Switzerland, to award recognized Master (M.A.) and Ph.D (Dr.phil.) degrees which are co-signed by the Valais Minister of Education.