These institutions of higher education provide a university education and carry out top-level research.

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL)


This is one of two federal technology institutes in Switzerland, the other being in Zurich (EPFZ). It has a strong worldwide reputation, which helps it to attract top class researchers and professors, including Monika Henzinger, the former director of research at Google and prize-winner in the European Young Investigator Awards 2005, and Michael Graetzel, named one of the 50 best scientists in the world in 2005 by the magazine Scientific American and 2006 winner in the “materials” category of the World Technology Awards staged in San Francisco.

The EPFL has more than 10,000 students and researchers gathered from throughout the world (108 nationalities), 1,400 doctoral candidates, 250 laboratories and research centres in seven faculties or schools: I&C; engineering; chemistry, mathematics and physics; life sciences; humanities & social science; management of technology; architecture, civil engineering, environment. The EPFL also boasts a business incubator and technology park (PSE), and actively promotes technology transfer with enterprises. The campus is located on a magnificent site on the shores of Lake Geneva, with a spectacular view of the mountains.

The University of Lausanne (UNIL)


The University of Lausanne is home to more than 10,000 students and 2,200 researchers and has seven faculties: Law and Criminal Justice, Business and Economics, Social and Political Sciences, Biology and Medicine, Arts, Theology and, Earth Science and Environment.

The Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP)


"The University for the Public Sector". This institution offers postgraduate facilities for teaching and research in the field of managing public and para-public organisations. It awards a master's in public administration (MPA).

The International Institute for Management Development (IMD)


IMD is one of the most prestigious business schools on the planet. In 2006, its MBA programme was ranked first in Europe by American magazine Business Week and Britain’s Financial Times, and second in the world by the Wall Street Journal.


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