City of Lausanne

Situated on the northern shores of Lake Geneva, Lausanne has more than 138,000 residents and is at the heart of a conurbation with over 300,000 inhabitants. It is the fourth-largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the Canton of Vaud.

Today, numerous reputable firms have found it to be an ideal setting at the heart of the Lemanic Arc, an economic basin among the most dynamic in the world. The finance, insurance and corporate services sectors complete the range of activities offered in this discreet and affable town.

The Olympic Capital, headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and seat of a large number of international sport federations, Lausanne is the global centre of sport administration.

As a long-standing university town, Lausanne is proud to welcome a diversity of renowntraining centres such as the University of Lausanne (UNIL), the Federal Institute of Technology (the EPFL), the Institute for Management Development (IMD, considered to be on a par with Harvard Business School), the Lausanne Hotel School (EHL, the world’sleading hotel school) or the school of higher education in art and design (ECAL).

Its campuses are frequented by over 25,000 students and tutors from 120 nationalities. The extraordinary density of this web of expertise makes fertile ground for the transfer of a number of cutting edge technologies, such as life sciences, biomedicine, and nutrition.


University of Lausanne (UNIL)

The UNIL, is a research institution where 13,400 students and 2,300 researchers work and study. It is focused on Medicine, Life Sciences, Geosciences, Environment, Business, Humanities and Social Sciences. Emphasis is placed on an interdisciplinary approach, with close cooperation between students, teaching staff and professors. As well as its achievements in research, the UNIL is renowned for its innovative teaching and for the strong support it offers to young researchers.
The UNIL attracts researchers and students from the five continents: more than 33% of the teaching staff and 25% of the students are foreign nationals. It actively encourages exchanges by establishing cooperation agreements with partner universities all over the world.

The UNIL’s main campus, occupies a picturesque site with views of the Alps and the lake. It is managed according to the principles of sustainable development. Its state-of-the-art infrastructures are acclaimed as one of the many factors that make this an ideal place for study and research. An excellent public transport network allows to reach downtown Lausanne in just a few minutes
The UNIL is situated at the heart of the French-speaking region of Switzerland, in the centre of Western Europe close to France, Germany, Italy, and Austria. It pursues an active policy of collaboration both locally and at an international level.

City of Lausanne

Department of city development and communication
Escaliers du Marché 2 – Case Postale 6904
CH-1002 Lausanne

Nadia Yersin
Head of Urban marketing

+41 21 315 24 45


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University of Lausanne

UNIL – Centre
Unicentre – bureau 307
CH-1015 Lausanne

Marc de Perrot
General Secretary of the University of Lausanne

+41 21 69  22 051


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