University of Geneva
Organisation general information
Organisation name: 
University of Geneva
Founding year: 
Total number of staff: 
5 000
Resources dedicated to microfinance: 
Percentage of microfinance activities: 
Between 0 and 20%
Type of organisation: 
Non profit
Researchers, University
Organisation's contact person
Contact person: 
Bernd Balkenhol
Boulevard du Pont d'Arve 40
Geneva 40
+41 22 3798 920
Organisation summary

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.

Type of intervention: 
  • Research
Countries of intervention: 
Programmes open to all regions.
Areas of intervention: 
  • Other themes: Academic research, Impact and performances studies, Evaluation
Main competences: 
  • Public policy in support of microfinance
  • Impact on employment, formality, incomes
  • Investing in microfinance
Please indicate any innovations in your microfinance program planned for the coming year: 

We have a new Center on Microfinance and Financial Inclusion as one of the centers of competence and innovation.

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