About the University
Founded in 1559 by Jean Calvin, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) is dedicated to thinking, teaching, dialogue and research. With 16’500 students of more than 150 different nationalities, it is Switzerland’s second largest university.
UNIGE offers more than 290 types of degrees and more than 280 Continuing Education programmes covering an extremely wide variety of fields: exact sciences, medicine, humanities, social sciences, law, etc. Its domains of excellence in research include life sciences (molecular biology, bio-informatics), physics of elementary particles, and astrophysics. UNIGE is also host and co-host to six National Centres of Competence in Research: PlanetS, SwissMap, Chemical Biology, Affective Sciences, Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases and LIVES-Overcoming vulnerabilities in a life course perspective.
Just like the city of Geneva itself, the university enjoys a strong international reputation, both for the quality of its research (it ranks among the top institutions among the League of European Research Universities) and the excellence of its education. This acclaim has been won in part due to its strong ties to many national and international Geneva-based organizations, such as the World Health Organization, the International Telecommunications Union, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
Mission & Strategy
The University is committed to unlocking knowledge and responding to social change. It actively promotes equal opportunities and broad access to high-quality education. The wide range of disciplines offered by the University, the only tertiary-level institution of its kind in the region, is reflected in its interdisciplinary approach to research and in its quest for educational excellence.
The University Strategic Plan proposes seven overarching objectives:
- Maintain the priorities
- Propose inspiring education
- Ensure excellence in research
- Reinforce the regional presence of the University
- Strengthen the international dimension
- Improve governance
- Promote equal opportunities
These objectives are developed through more than fifty actions and a set of indicators monitor the extent to which they are being implemented.
To offer basic, advanced and continuing education in the framework of the ECTS system (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).
To pursue the acquisition of fundamental knowledge through research. Where a research field may lead to practical spin-offs, the University supports the related applied research.
The University is involved in most cutting-edge sectors and has been active in multi- and interdisciplinary research for several years.
SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITYThe University offers continuing education, expert advice and research services to the community. It is especially active in providing services to public and private companies.
The University assists researchers to transform innovations into socially useful products.
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