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University of Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland


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History, Affiliations and Rankings

In 2009, the University of Geneva celebrated its 450th anniversary. Jean Calvin was the driving force behind the founding of the Geneva Academy in 1559, the forerunner to today's university. The Academy was founded as a theological and humanist seminary dedicated to the preservation of Reform doctrine. Distinguished scholars found inspiration here during the Enlightenment, and new fields like physical and natural sciences, law, and philosophy were developed. The British Accreditation Council (BAC) has recognized the International University in Geneva as an independent higher education institution. The University of Geneva is ranked #105 in the QS Global World University Ranking 2022. The university is ranked in the bracket #251-300 in the category of graduate employability. The Times Higher Education positioned it at #197th in the World University Ranking 2022. University of Geneva is ranked #101 in Best Global Universities as per the US News and World Report.

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

The University of Geneva is spread out throughout numerous neighborhoods on the city's eastern outskirts, as well as in the neighboring city of Carouge, and the various buildings are often rather far apart (the Battelle buildings are for instance more than three kilometers away from the Bastions). It  is located in the heart of International Geneva, and their strategy is defined both locally, through internationalizing course offerings and maintaining close ties with IOs and NGOs based in Geneva, and globally, through partnerships and exchanges with other institutions and universities. UNIGE provides nearly 500 programs (136 Bachelor's and Master's degree programs, 87 doctoral programs) and 343 continuing education programs in a wide range of subjects, including exact sciences, medicine, humanities, social sciences, law, and more.

Accomplishments and Alumni 

Life sciences (molecular biology, bioinformatics), elementary particle physics, and astrophysics are among the University of Geneva’s research domains of excellence. Frontiers in Genetics, MaNEP, PlanetS, SwissMap, Chemical Biology, Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases, and LIVES-Overcoming vulnerabilities in a life course perspective are among the seven National Centers of Competence in Research hosted or co-hosted by UNIGE. The university is well-known for its educational prowess. The World Health Organization, the International Telecommunications Union, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research have all praised the organization for its strong linkages to several national and international Geneva-based organizations.

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

The university has a total of 19,078 students, with women accounting for 62% of the total. There are nine faculties as well as thirteen interfaculty centers and institutes. The University of Geneva has a total workforce of 4,645 people from all over the world. It has 430 partner institutions in 73 countries, as well as 175 cooperative initiatives with world-class universities. With major international and non-governmental organizations, they have 15 partnership agreements. UNIGE Career Centre is the platform that connects students, young graduates, employers and private individuals through regular events and job offers. Some of the top recruiters of graduates are: UBS, Pictet Group, Credit Suisse,  Lombard Odier Group and RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse.

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