City of Lausanne 

Situated on the northern shores of Lake Geneva, Lausanne has more than 146,000 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 Internatonal 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 reknown training 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’s leading 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) 

Founded in 1537, the University of Lausanne now has seven faculties and stands out as an interdisciplinary and sustainable campus, which celebrated in 2017 Professor Jacques Dubochet as a Nobel Prize in Chemistry and which gathers nearly 17’000 students and 4’500 employees.
Focused on human and social sciences, as well as life sciences (biology and medicine) and environmental sciences, UNIL awards all academic degrees as well as diplomas associated, for example, with continuing education. At the forefront of techno-pedagogical innovation, the UNIL has strongly developed digital-based teaching, while taking care of interpersonal contacts. These are indeed the conditions for collective reflection and democratic debate for students, from their very first steps in their new environment.

Everyone, at his or her own level, must become familiar with research methods. Research feeds all university teaching and provides each year its impressive batch of scientific articles, doctoral theses, colloquia and books. Research at UNIL generates several tens of millions of Swiss francs and Euros from the Swiss National Science Foundation and the European Commission.

At the service of society and its immediate environment, UNIL trains young people from Vaud, as well as future ambassadors of the canton of Vaud throughout the world. The University aims to generate new knowledge and promote the search for solutions in a changing world, which requires complex and joint visions. In recent years it has strengthened collaborations and created important interdisciplinary centers on themes such as cancer, sustainability, mountains, sport, life courses and vulnerabilities as well as ethics. Finally, it became the first university in Switzerland to obtain the federal certificate “2000-Watt site” in transformation.

Photo credits: Alain Herzog


City of Lausanne University of Lausanne (UNIL) 

Secrétariat municipal
Place de la Palud 2  – Case Postale 6904 
CH-1002 Lausanne 
UNIL – Centre
Unicentre – bureau 307
CH-1015 Lausanne
Patrizia M. Darbellay
Secrétaire municipale adjointe              
Marc de Perrot
General Secretary of the University of Lausanne
+41 21 315 22 04
+41 21 69  22 051
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