UNIVERSITY OF LUCERNE

The University of Lucerne (German: Universität Luzern) is a public university with a campus in Luzern, Switzerland. 1460 undergraduates and 1258 postgraduate students attend the university, which makes it Switzerland’s smallest university.

Despite its size, it holds an international reputation in several areas. For instance, the Institute for Jewish-Christian Research has acquired renown. The university evolved over time: Since the early 17th century, courses in philosophy and theology have been taught in the city. The faculty of Theology was established in 1938, whereas the department of history was founded August 1, 1989. In 1993, the faculty of humanity was established. After a popular vote, the University of Lucerne was established in 2000.

University of Lucerne
University of Lucerne

Faculties

The University of Lucerne has three faculties: Theology, Humanities and Social Sciences and Law.

Theology

Institutes and research units of the faculty of Theology:

  • Department of Specialized Theological Studies for Students with pastoral experience (DBW)
  • Ecumenical Institute (ÖI)
  • Institute of Social Ethics (ISE)
  • Institute of Religious Education (RPI)
  • Institute of Advanced Training in Practical Theology (IFOK)

Humanities and Social Science

Departments of the faculty of Humanities and Social Science:

  • Department of Ethnology
  • Department of History
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department for the Study of Religions
  • Department of Health Sciences and Health Policy

Law

Institutes and research centres of the faculty of Law:

  • Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR)
  • Research Centre for International and European Private Law (FIP)
  • Institute Lucernaiuris
  • State Attorney Academy
  • Centre for Law and Health (CLH)
  • Centre for Law and Sustainability (CLS)
  • Business Law Institute (IFU-BLI)
  • Lucerne Centre for Social Security Law (LuZeSo)
  • Centre for Logistics and Transport Law (KOLT)

Interdisciplinary Research Institutes and Research Centres

  • Institute of Jewish-Christian Research (IJCF)
  • Centre for Comparative Constitutional Law and Religion (CCCLR)
  • Centre for Religion, Economy and Politics (ZRWP)
  • Centre for Research on Religion

Ranking

According to the 2005 swissUp ranking, the Lucerne School of Law is ranked amongst the top law schools in Switzerland.

Established in 2006 and therefore the youngest of its kind, the University of Lucerne’s Department of Political Science is already rated as one of the best in Switzerland for scientific publication output and international academic visibility.

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