Founded in 1559 by Jean Calvin, the University of Geneva (UNIGE) has 16 000 students of more than 140 different nationalities, it is Switzerland's second largest university.
UNIGE offers more than 280 types of degrees and more than 250 Continuing Education programmes covering a wide variety of fields: exact sciences, medicine and humanities. Its domains of excellence in research include life sciences (molecular biology, bio-informatics), physics of elementary particles, and astrophysics.
The university enjoys a strong international reputation, both for the quality of its research (it ranks among the top institutions among the League of the European Research Universities) and the excellence of its education. This acclaim has been won in part due to its strong ties to many national and international Geneva-based organizations, such as the World Health Organisation, the International Labour Organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
We have a new Center on Microfinance and Financial Inclusion as one of the centers of competence and innovation.