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University of Bern

Bern, Switzerland



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History, Affiliations and Rankings

Ranked as the third-largest university in the nation, the University of Bern was founded in 1834 in the Swiss capital of Bern and is located in Langgasse. The university has made special emphasis on strategic research and it has also formulated interdisciplinary centres of outstanding research and education. It facilitates a diverse mix of education, athletics, and cultural variations along with a higher standard of living and environmental norms. The University of Bern offers students with modern professional knowledge in an international way. It organizes competitions and events, guided training sessions, and courses for individual training. The university is affiliated with the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities. The University of Bern is continuously listed as one of the top 150 universities. The mission of the university is to set out general standards along with its members to achieve and adhere to in the long term with regard to people, research and teaching and public relations and the environment. The university is ranked #114 in Best Global Universities, #43 in Best Global Universities in Europe and #5 in Best Global Universities in Switzerland

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

The university’s library provides books and journals in print and in electronic format. It offers topics like academic writing, research methods etc. The University of Bern offers a wide range of sports programs for students and university staff. The sports centre of the university ensures the happening of activities and maintenance of sports infrastructure. The sports activities include martial arts, alpine sports, climbing, snowsports, fitness, water sports, running, cycling, dance, etc. The student union of the University of Bern is founded to handle problems faced by the students and ensures an inclusive and diversified range of services and advice for accommodation, legal and financial advice, part-time jobs etc. The courses offered by the university are Business Administration, Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities, Education, Sport Science, Eastern European Studies, German Language and Literature, History, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Religious Studies, Veterinary Medicine, Italian Linguistics and Literature, Social Anthropology, Sociolinguist, Spanish Linguistics and Literature, Ecology and Evolution, Precision Engineering, Sociology, etc. 

Accomplishments and Alumni

The university is internationally known for conducting research in the crucial areas of Climate or Space Research. It encompasses numerous institutions such as the Federal Administration and various public and private colleges. Renowned researchers and highly experienced lecturers constitute the faculty of the university. The University of Bern has many exchange agreements with partners in Europe and all over the world that provide students with numerous opportunities to progress and gain experience at a distant university. Its academic and research organisation prides itself on its interdisciplinarity, illuminated by its five National Centres of Competence in Research- International Trade Regulation, TransCore, MUST (Molecular Ultrafast Science and Technology), PlanetS and RNA and Disease. The university is actively involved in numerous European and worldwide research projects, notably in the field of space research. Some of the alumni are John le Carre (British author), Liselotte Pulver (Swiss actress), Jean Ziegler (former professor of sociology at the University of Geneva and the Sorbonne, Paris and former vice-president of the Advisory Committee to the United Nations Human Rights Council), Petra Gossi (Swiss politician) and many more. 

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

In the fall semester of 2021, the University of Bern had 19,441 students, out of which 6,911 came from the Canton of Bern and 2,252 from abroad. The percentage of women is 58%. 8,168 students are studying at the Bachelor's level, 4,681 at the Master's level, 3,315 at the Doctorate level and 3,277 at Continuing Education level. The number of students increased by 1% compared to last year. There is a decrease of 1% at the bachelor's level, an increase of 1% at the master's level and a growth at the doctorate level. A total of 5,521 students began their studies. 

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