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European Organisation

for Nuclear Research
At CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. Particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. This process gives physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Founded in 1954, the CERN laboratorey sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe’s first joint ventures and now has 22 member states.


Swiss Federal Institute

of Technology in Lausanne
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne EPFL ( is one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical universities with students, professors and staff from over 120 nations. Open to Switzerland and the world, the EPFL is centred on its three missions: teaching, research and technology transfer. It works together with an extensive network of partners including other universities and institutes of technology, developing and emerging countries, secondary schools and colleges, industry and economy, political circles and the general public, to bring about real impact for society.

University of Lausanne
The University of Lausanne UNIL ( was founded in 1537 as a school of technology before being made a university in 1890. Today about 13 500 students and 2200 researchers study and work there. Around 1500 international students attend the university representing 120 nationalities. UNIL has a wide curriculum including exchange programs with world-renowned universities. The 2011 Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked the University of Lausanne 116th globally, and the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015 put UNIL at 11th place in Europe and 41st globally out of 750 universities.

University of Geneva
Founded in 1559 by Jean Calvin and Théodore de Bèze, the University of Geneva UNIGE ( is the third largest Haute école in Switzerland and is amongst the top 60 best universities in the world. The institution enjoys worldwide recognition and is highly open to the world. It welcomes more than 16 000 students in its nine faculties teaching science, medicine, humanities, economics and management, social sciences, law, theology, psychology and educational sciences, translation and interpreting. UNIGE has three missions: education, research and knowledge sharing.

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