University of Lucerne

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University of Lucerne
Established 2000
Type Public university
President Prof. Dr. iur. Paul Richli
Students 1851
Location Lucerne, Canton of Lucerne, Switzerland

The University of Lucerne (German: Universität Luzern) is a public university with a campus in Luzern, Switzerland. 1231 undergraduates and 1061 postgraduate students attend the university, which makes it Switzerland's smallest university.

Despite its size, it holds an international reputation in several areas. For instance, the Institute for Jewish-Christian Research has acquired renown. The university evolved over time: Since the early 17th century, courses in philosophy and theology have been taught in the city. The faculty of Theology was established in 1938, whereas the department of history was founded August 1, 1989. In 1993, the faculty of humanity was established. After a popular vote, the University of Lucerne was established in 2000.


Established in 2006 and therefore the youngest of its kind, the University of Lucerne’s Department of Political Science is already rated as one of the best in Switzerland for scientific publication output and international academic visibility.[1]

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Coordinates: 47°02′58″N 8°18′44″E / 47.04944°N 8.31222°E / 47.04944; 8.31222