The University of Basel

Founded in 1460, the University of Basel is Switzerland’s oldest university. Over the centuries, it has evolved to become a regionally integrated, internationally respected research university with an extensive curriculum that enjoys an excellent position within the Life Sciences and other disciplines.

The University of Basel forms the center of Basel’s academic and research activities. It is supported by the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft and is strongly rooted in the trinational region on the Upper Rhine. On the global stage, the University more than holds its own among the world’s best research and teaching institutions. It is among the top ten German-speaking institutions and rankings attest to its outstanding position in regard to research. With a distinctive curriculum in all fundamental academic subject areas, it offers excellent conditions for students from Switzerland and around the world.

Its profile within the Life Sciences has gained the institution a reputation for excellence, and it is regarded as a center of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Other key focal areas include nanophysics and quantum physics, chemistry, computational sciences, and research into new materials and energy forms. The University works closely with distinguished research institutions such as the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI), the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), Swisspeace and the Basel Institute on Governance—a think tank focusing on global, corporate and public governance. It also specialises in Visual Studies and European and Global Studies.

The University of Basel has grown considerably over the past few years and now has around 13,000 students and PhD students. To make optimal use of this academic potential, the University focuses on internationalization – recruiting first-class early career researchers at Master’s and doctoral level, participating in flagship research programs and entering into new collaborations with leading educational institutions. All of this allows the University of Basel to maintain and build on its strengths.