University of Lausanne

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University of Lausanne
Université de Lausanne
University of Lausanne logo.png
Latin: Schola Lausannensis
Motto Le savoir vivant
Motto in English Live knowledge
Established 1537
Type Public university
Rector Prof. Dominique Arlettaz
Admin. staff 2,227
Students 12,400 (2011)
Undergraduates 8,066 (2010)
Postgraduates 1,370 (2010)
Doctoral students 1,583 (2010)
Location Lausanne,
Chavannes-près-Renens,
Écublens,
Saint-Sulpice and
Épalinges
, Switzerland
46°31′21″N 6°34′46″E / 46.52250°N 6.57944°E / 46.52250; 6.57944Coordinates: 46°31′21″N 6°34′46″E / 46.52250°N 6.57944°E / 46.52250; 6.57944
Affiliations EUA, AUF, UNICA
Website www.unil.ch

The University of Lausanne (UNIL, in French: Université de Lausanne) in Lausanne, Switzerland was founded in 1537 as a school of theology, before being made a university in 1890. Today about 12,000 students and 2200 researchers study and work at the university. Approximately 1500 international students attend the university, which has a wide curriculum including exchange programs with world renowned universities.

Since 2005, the University follows the requirements of the Bologna process. The 2011 Times Higher Education World University Rankings[1] ranked the University of Lausanne 116th globally. The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2013 ranks the University of Lausanne 17th in Europe and 68th globally.

Together with the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) the university forms a vast campus at the shores of Lake Geneva.

Faculties and schools[edit]

UNIL is located in Switzerland
UNIL
UNIL
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland

The University of Lausanne comprises seven faculties:

The University of Lausanne also comprises schools and different sections, including but not limited to:

  • School of Criminal Justice (ESC)
  • School of French as a Foreign Language (EFLE)
  • French summer and winter courses (Cours de vacances)
  • Science-Society Interface

History[edit]

The Palais de Rumine, one of the former buildings of the University of Lausanne
Unithèque building houses one of the two sites of the Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne on the main campus of the UNIL

The Academy, forerunner of the UNIL, was founded in 1537. Its vocation at that time was to train ministers for the church. The university enjoyed a certain renown due to the fact that it was the only French language Protestant school of theology. As the centuries passed, the number of faculties increased and diversified until, in 1890, the Academy received the name and status of a university.

In 1909 Rodolphe Archibald Reiss founded the first school of forensic science in the world: the Institut de police scientifique. From 1970, the university moved progressively from the old centre of Lausanne, around the Cathedral and Château, to its present site at Dorigny. The end of the 20th century witnessed the beginnings of an ambitious project aiming at greater co-operation and development among the French-speaking universities of Lausanne, Geneva, and Neuchâtel, together with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).

In 2003 two new faculties were founded, concentrating on the life and human sciences: the Faculty of Biology and Medicine and the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment.

On 1 January 2014, the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) was integrated into the University of Lausanne.[2]

Campus[edit]

Main campus[edit]

See also: Lausanne campus

The main campus is presently situated outside the city of Lausanne, on the shores of Lake Léman, in Dorigny. It is adjacent to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and is served by the Lausanne Metro Line 1 (M1). The two schools together welcome about 20,000 students.

The UNIL and the EPFL share an active sports centre located on the campus, on the shores of Lake Geneva[3] and their campus is also equipped with a bicycle sharing system.[4]

The university campus is made up of individual buildings with a park and arboretum in between. The university library also serves as eating hall and is centrally located. The view from the library across the sports fields to the lake of Geneva and the French and Swiss Alps. On a clear day, Mont Blanc can be seen.

The Swiss Institute of Comparative Law and the central administration of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics are also located on the main campus.

Other sites[edit]

In addition to its main campus at the lakeside, the University of Lausanne also has other sites. The Faculty of Biology and Medicine is also located in two other sites: around the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV) (site called Bugnon) and in Épalinges (to the north of Lausanne).

The Department of Biochemistry, the Ludwig Center for Cancer Research of the University of Lausanne and the WHO Immunology Research and Training Centre and some laboratories of the University Hospital of Lausanne are located in Épalinges. The Biopôle was built next to the Épalinges campus. The Faculty of Biology and Medicine also comprises a fourth site, the Psychiatric Hospital of Cery, in Prilly.

Associated institutions[edit]

The Jules Gonin Eye Hospital, in Lausanne.
One of the Biopôle buildings in Épalinges (2010). More Biopôle buildings were built there since then.

Reputation and rankings[edit]

The main building of the Faculty of Law and Criminal Justice and of the Faculty of Business and Economics

The University of Texas TOP 100 BUSINESS SCHOOL RESEARCH RANKINGS ranked the Faculty of Business & Economics of the University of Lausanne (HEC Lausanne) as follows:

Period In Switzerland In Europe In the World
2004-2008 1st 9th 112th
2003-2007 1st 8th 103rd
2002-2006 1st 8th 123rd
2001-2005 1st 14th 149th
2000-2004 1st 20th 186th

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings[10] ranked the University of Lausanne as follows:

Year In Switzerland In Europe In the World
2013-2014 6th 54th 132nd
2012-2013 4th 51st 130th
2011-2012 6th 41st 116th
2010-2011 6th 44th 136th

The QS World University Rankings[11] ranked the University of Lausanne as follows:

Year In Switzerland In Europe In the World
2013 6th - 111th
2012 6th - 115th
2011 5th - 136th
2010 6th - 152nd

The THE-QS World University Rankings (in 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings parted ways to produce separate rankings) ranked the University of Lausanne as follows:

Year In Switzerland In Europe In the World
2009 6th - 168th
2008 6th 64th 161st
2007 7th 93rd 217th
2006 5th - 89th
2005 6th - 133rd

The Academic Ranking of World Universities [ARWU] ranked the University of Lausanne as follows:

Year In Switzerland In Europe In the World
2011 7th  ? 201st - 300th
2010 7th 75th - 123rd 201st - 300th
2009 7th 80th - 125th 201st - 302nd
2008 7th 80th - 124th 201st - 302nd
2007 7th 81st - 123rd 203rd - 304th
2006 7th 79th - 122nd 201st - 300th
2005 7th 124th - 168nd 301st - 400th
2004 - - 302nd - 403rd
2003 - - 301st - 350th

The Leiden Ranking of the University of Leiden, when ranking universities by the size-independent, field-normalized average impact of their research publications (CPP/FCSm) among the 250 largest universities worldwide, ranked the University of Lausanne as follows:

Year In Switzerland In Europe In the World
2010 3rd 5th 45th
2008 3rd 6th 73rd

The Leiden Ranking of the University of Leiden, when ranking universities by citations-per-publication (CPP) among the 250 largest universities worldwide, ranked the University of Lausanne as follows:

Year In Switzerland In Europe In the World
2010 1st 1st 22nd
2008 1st 1st 31st

4 International Colleges & Universities [4icu.org] ranked the popularity of the website of the University of Lausanne as follows:

Year In Switzerland In Europe In the World
2009 5th 15th 45th

Press[edit]

The UNIL publish free monthly campus magazine entitled L'Uniscope. The UNIL also publish Allez savoir !, a magazine aimed at a larger audience (general public), published three times a year (in May, September and January) and whose subscription is free.

Besides these, L'auditoire is the students newspapers from both UNIL and EPFL, of a circulation 19 000 free copies.

Alumni[edit]

ALUMNIL network[edit]

In 2011, an on-line network of the UNIL alumni, called ALUMNIL, was created.[12] Since then, regular events (throughout the year) and an annual party (in autumn) are organised every year for the alumni.

Royalty[edit]

Politics[edit]

Business[edit]

More alumni from the Faculty of Business and Economics

Literature[edit]

Scholars[edit]

Others[edit]

School of Lausanne[edit]

Neoclassical school of thought in economics founded at the University of Lausanne by two of its professors: Léon Walras and Vilfredo Pareto. The School of Lausanne is associated with the development of general equilibrium theory as well as the marginalist revolution Marginalism.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Times Higher Education World University Rankings". 
  2. ^ Rapport annuel 2012 de l'Université de Lausanne, www.unil.ch (page visited on 30 May 2013).
  3. ^ Service des sports UNIL-EPFL, sport.unil.ch (page visited on 10 May 2013).
  4. ^ Campus roule, www.publibike.ch (page visited on 15 May 2013).
  5. ^ Swiss Vaccine Research Institute (page visited on 14 April 2012).
  6. ^ Center for Biomedical Imaging (page visited on 2 October 2011).
  7. ^ CADMOS (page visited on le 20 February 2012).
  8. ^ Institut universitaire romand de santé au travail (page visited on 1 October 2011).
  9. ^ Centre universitaire romand de médecine légale (page visited on 3 June 2012).
  10. ^ "Times Higher Education World University Rankings". 
  11. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2010 Results". 
  12. ^ ALUMNIL, www.unil.ch (page visited on 1 November 2013).

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