George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews

Welcome message from the President, The Earl of St Andrews:

On behalf of Hume Institute for Postgraduate Studies I should like to extend a very warm welcome to all who are thinking of studying with us. Hume aims to provide a friendly, open and accessible environment for graduate students from around the world, offering high-quality, innovative and thoughtfully designed programmes staffed by distinguished academic experts. We will focus on issues of contemporary relevance and concern, such as public health, refugees and migration, defence and security, education, and the logistics of supply chains, amongst others. Based in the beautiful Swiss lakeside city of Lausanne, with easy access to neighbouring France, Italy, Germany and Austria (and with Geneva airport near at hand), we will offer a mix of residential and online courses, of varying lengths, to suit the needs of our students. We aim to stretch your minds and expand your horizons to prepare you to cope with the challenges of today’s world. We look forward to welcoming you!
The Earl of St Andrews, President – was educated at Eton College (King’s Scholar in the field of antiquarian books and manuscripts) and Downing College, Cambridge University, where he read history. After a period in HM Diplomatic Service during which he served in New York (at the UK Mission to the UN) and Budapest, he worked for a number of years in the antiquarian book business, including at Christies UK. He was chairman of an Internet-based world history project, the Golden Web (2006-2012). He is or has been patron, chairman or trustee of a number of organisations, including the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (trustee since 1996, chairman since 2005), SOS Children’s Villages UK (trustee 1999-2020), the Association for International Cancer Research (patron since 1995), the Princess Margarita of Romania Foundation (patron since 1997), the Welsh Sinfonia (patron 2011-2020), the Next Century Foundation (member, advisory board, since 2012), the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit, University of Cambridge (patron since 2012), and the Global eHealth Foundation (trustee 2013-2018).  He has been Chancellor of the University of Bolton (UK) since 2018.