Why a Master in Commodity Trading at the University of Geneva?


In the past years, Geneva has become the world's most important center for physical trading of commodities. Geneva offers a unique plattform for the deliberation and improvement of the international management of commodities. The University can therefore play an active role in this environment.


The Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM) of the University of Geneva is striving to reinforce the collaboration between economic sectors and internationally renowed academic institutions, with the objective of bridging the gap between innovative research output and its use in the society.


The aim of this master is to match as closely as possible the needs of the industry with the excellence of academic education. At the academic level, the fundamental questions to be addressed are how will the world citizen be fed, heated, dressed, given job opportunities etc... in an efficient and ethical economic environment in the near future? This obviously implies research competences in management, economics, environmental sciences, regulations and also, more inderctly, in data science.

  • Why Geneva

    Why Geneva

    The Geneva area commodity cluster has its origins in the 15th century. In the 20th century the region has seen a significant growth benefiting from historic actors such as Nestlé (1839) and André & Cie (1877). In the 1920s, grain trading houses established themselves in the area, ostensibly to be closer to their major client, Nestlé. In the forties, Switzerland became the ideal location for business in Europe: the Swiss franc being, with the US dollar, one of the two currencies freely exchanged. Subsidiaries of US companies concentrated here throughout the 1940s and ‘50s. During the Cold War period, Switzerland offered a neutral place to establish relationships and accelerate administrative procedures for trade in the Eastern Bloc.

  • In the 1960s, Egyptian cotton merchants looking to move their operations out of Nasser’s Egypt came to Geneva. With the first oil crisis (1973-1974), a number of oil traders joined them. In the 1990s, it was the turn of the Russian oil companies to set up offices in the area. Thanks to an extremely specialised expertise, an international openness, a political and economic stability and strong competences in the financing of commodity trading and shipping, the Swiss Commodity Hub has today a leading position in international commodity trade

  • Commodity Trading: a key economic sector for Switzerland

    Commodity Trading: a key economic sector for Switzerland

    An economy in itself in Switzerland

    10% of Geneva GDP - 3.6% of Swiss GDP
    8'000 direct employments in Geneva - 12'000 in Switzerland
    400 companies in Geneva - 600 in Switzerland

  • Geneva Trading HUB

    Geneva Trading HUB

    Worldwide leader in commodity trade finance, inspection and certification.

    N.1 in Coffee, Sugar, Oil, Grains and Oilseeds Commodities

    22% of commodity worldwide shipping initiated from Switzerland.

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