The Faculty

The Faculty of Science of the University of Geneva (UNIGE) is notable for the excellent quality of its research and for its cosmopolitan outlook, reflected by the international mix of its professors, post-docs, research students and students.

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UNIGE in world rankings in 2015
Respectively 58th (Shanghai – red), 61th (Leiden - black), 89th (QS – blue) and 131 (Times Higher Education – green), the UNIGE is in the top 1% of the world’s best universities. Shanghai puts the Geneva Faculty of Science in the 33nd place overall, second in Switzerland after the ETHZ and first in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

High quality training
The Faculty of Science has 2700 students of which 700 (more than 25%) are research students. The numbers are increasing every year.

Impressive results
In 2015, 530 degrees were awarded of which 126 were doctorates in eight fields: astrophysics, biology, chemistry and biochemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, pharmaceutical sciences and earth and environmental sciences.

A quality environment
Over 130 professors, 760 teaching and research staff (of which 700 are research students and post-docs) and 400 technical and administrative staff.

A substantial budget
CHF 150 million (the Swiss franc is just over 1 US$), of which CHF 75 million from the canton of Geneva, CHF 25 million of federal aid and CHF 50 million from research grants. Every franc from Geneva generates an additional franc of external revenue

Swiss National Science Foundation grants, UNIGE among the leaders
In 2012, UNIGE was awarded some CHF 105 million, 14% of the national total, which places it second behind the University of Zurich (CHF 116 million), and just ahead of the ETHZ (CHF 101 million).

5 national research centers (NCCR) hosted by the Faculty of Science
At the end of 2013 the Swiss confederation awarded two new NCCR to the Faculty of Science : SwissMAP in mathematics and theoretical physics and PlanetS in astronomy. They join the center for Chemical Biology (2010) and two other centers (Frontiers in Genetics and MaNEP – materials with novel electric properties) which were awarded in 2001 and have now reached the end of their funding.

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