Founded in 1559 by Jean Calvin, the University of Geneva pursues three missions : education, research, and knowledge-sharing.
Composed of eight faculties, – Science, Medicine, Arts, Social Sciences and Economics, Law, Theology, Psychology and Educational Sciences, and Translation and Interpretation –, the University of Geneva also boasts several interfaculty centres. The University of Geneva has always encouraged interdisciplinarity. In this respect, it provides courses in various fields, and fosters crossed research. It is the second largest university in Switzerland.
Located at the heart of international Geneva, the University of Geneva has woven a vast network with International and non-governmental organisations. These connections facilitate collaborations between scientists and researchers, including from the CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research), the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), and the WMO (World Meteorological Organisation).
The University of Geneva is ranked 69th best university in the world (Shanghai ranking), and is a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). It also hosts six national research centres, and is proud to count amongst its faculty a recipient of the Fields Medal, which is the equivalent of the Nobel prize in Mathematics.