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Facts & figures

The Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is an engineering college active in education and research. It covers disciplines ranging from the Basic Sciences to Engineering, Architecture and the Life Sciences. EPFL is a public institution founded in 1969, mainly funded by the Swiss Confederation. The figures below illustrate the extent of EPFL’s growth and its ranking on the international stage.

EPFL in numbers (2018)

11,134 students
Bachelor, Master, PhD and PostDoc from over 116 countries
347 professors
For 5 Schools, 2 Colleges, 1 Transdisciplinary Entity, 21 Insitutes, 357 laboratories
5,713 scientific, administrative & technical staff
(including PhD assistants. Professors not included).
15,300 students and staff members
(1,894 PhD assistants accounted only once as PhD)

Financial Figures on expenses (2018)

965.1 MCHF Annual expenses
two thirds funded by the SwissSwiss Government and one third from third-party funds
639.3 MCHF
Swiss Government (66.2%)
106.9 MCHF
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) (11.1%)
50.9 MCHF
European Programmes (5.3%)
70.1 MCHF
Industrial contracts and other funding (7.3%)
11.8 MCHF
Public sector contracts (1.2%)
76.8 MCHF
Other income (8.0%) overhead, financial revenues and other activities
9.2 MCHF
Tuition fees (0.9%)

Tech Transfer (2018)

Start-ups established between 2000 and 2018 (more than one new start-up per month on average)
Invention disclosures in 2018
Priority patents filed in 2018

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