EPFL is the most cosmopolitan of all European technical universities. It welcomes students, professors and collaborators of more than 120 nationalities.

With both a Swiss and international vocation, EPFL focuses on three missions: education, research and innovation.

EPFL collaborates with an important network of partners, including other universities and colleges, secondary schools and gymnasiums, industry and the economy, politicians and the general public, in order to have a real impact on society.

Some key figures

51 years

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Since its founding in 1969, EPFL is one of the youngest institutes of technology in the world


over 15’000

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students and collaborators make EPFL a bustling and dynamic city today


over 120

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nationalities raising EPFL in the top 3 most international campus in the world


over 370

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laboratoires focused on disciplines ranging from mathematics to life science to architecture and engineering


over 340

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internationally recognized professors. 40% female professors have been hired in 2019.



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of EPFL professors belong to the most cited in the world


N° 18

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University in the world, according to QS ranking, alongside with Columbia and Yale Universities


over 4’400

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scholarly publications in 2019, making a prolific average of one publication per professor per month



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number of grants by the European Research Council (ERC) at the end of 2019



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start-ups created in 2019 (nearly two per month) on a total number of almost 300 since 2000


over 1.5 billion CHF

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funds raised from 2012 to 2019 by start-ups which have spun off of EPFL ecosystem


approx 1 billion CHF

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of annual budget with around one third from third parties


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EPFL Chimie 1977

Founded in 1853, the École Spéciale de Lausanne was renamed École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in 1969.

La direction de l'EPFL. De gauche à droite Edouard Bugnion, vice-président pour les systèmes d’information (VPSI); Andreas Mortensen, vice-président pour la recherche (VPR); Caroline Kuyper, vice-présidente pour les finances (VPFI); Martin Vetterli, président; Etienne Marclay, vice-président pour les ressources humaines et opérations (VPRHO); Marc Gruber, vice-président pour l’innovation (VPI); Pierre Vandergheynst, vice-président pour l’éducation (VPE)

EPFL is structured as a Direction, Schools, Colleges, an EPFL Assembly, a Council of EPFL Teachers, Centers and Central Services.

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Capture d'écran de statistiques de l'EPFL

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Capture d'écran du rapport annuel 2018

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