From academic knowledge to applied knowledge

Nature, a scientific journal, puts Switzerland at the head of the list of countries that produce 98% of global scientific research! Switzerland, together with Sweden, also boasts the highest number of Nobel Prizes per capita in the world.

So no matter whether you want to take a course or work with research that are among the best in the world, in the canton of Vaud you will find one of the strongest concentrations of academic excellence in Europe. Lausanne, the canton’s principal city, has the largest university campus in Switzerland, covering the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL). Taken alone, this double campus of more than 25,000 students and researchers counts for almost 10% of the population of the Lausanne area. Vaud is also the only canton in Switzerland apart from Zurich to host all the types of higher education establishment in its territory: university, federal institute of technology and universities of applied sciences (HES).

Two different types of establishment provide university education in Switzerland:

  • Academic universities
    Geared toward academic education, with research making up an important part of their activities.

The canton of Vaud has four academic universities and nine universities of applied sciences. Apart from undergraduate teaching and research, all of the universities offer postgraduate and master courses in a wide variety of fields.