EPFL is a young, dynamic university, which is committed to three important tasks: teaching, research and innovation. 11,000 students and doctoral students from 116 countries and more than 350 laboratories conduct leading research in areas such as renewable energy, medical technology, materials science and information technology at the campus in Lausanne, on the banks of Lake Geneva.

The high quality of its fundamental and applied research is particularly demonstrated by the considerable quantity of ERC grants obtained by EPFL researchers. Or also by ambitious scientific projects and sustainable innovations such as the transparent-dye solar cells, the solarpowered aircraft Solar Impulse, or the ultra-fast yacht Hydroptère. EPFL is also exploring new routes in education as a pioneer in the provision of MOOCs, which have been accessed by around two million students up to now. It has been running the new Master’s degree course in Data Science since September 2017 and is also doing ground-breaking work in terms of “computational thinking“ with a foundation course for all first-year students.

EPFL has been growing steadily since 1969, when it became a federal institution. Various rankings underline the progress made and the high standards. Between 2010 and 2017, EPFL had gained 20 places in the QS World Ranking and more than 10 places in the THE World Ranking. EPFL has moved up to 9th place in the THE Europe ranking.

Another area of expertise is partnerships and projects that ensure its scientific and social impact. The campus is also home to the EPFL Innovation Park with around 140 start-ups and research centres run by renowned companies. 25 spin-offs were founded in 2018, which had acquired total funding of CHF 217m.