EPFL is structured into a Directorate, 5 faculties, 3 colleges, a School Assembly, a Council of EPFL teachers, centres and central bodies.


The management is the highest authority of EPFL. She is responsible for the areas of education, research, innovation and the central administration of the School. It ensures that EPFL fulfils its social and economic responsibilities.

It defines the administrative rules and operational structure of the School. It decides on the creation and name of the units forming the School and appoints the section directors. It collaborates closely with the various participation bodies, such as the School Assembly.

The Direction in detail

Portrait de Martin Vetterli à son bureau


Researcher, teacher and expert on the Swiss education and research landscape, Martin Vetterli was appointed President of EPFL in 2017.

Vue aérienne de l'EPFL, en particulier du bâtiment BI

President's team

The President relies on central services that work with him on the School's major projects.

La direction de l'EPFL. De gauche à droite Edouard Bugnion, vice-président ad intérim 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 Marc Gruber, vice-président pour l’innovation (VPI) Etienne Marclay, vice-président pour les ressources humaines et opérations (VPRHO) Pierre Vandergheynst, vice-président pour l’éducation (VPE)


Six Vice-Presidents coordinate the School's activities.

Faculties and colleges

The five faculties are the teaching and research units of EPFL. They are responsible for teaching and supporting the sections through internal faculty training programs.

EFPL also has three colleges.

EPFL Assembly

The EPFL Assembly has the right to make proposals on all normative acts of the ETH Board, on the budget and planning, on the creation or abolition of teaching and research units and on participation structures.

The AE also decides on the annual activity report of the President of the School. It ensures participation within EPFL units.

Council of EPFL teachers

The Council of EPFL teachers represents the faculty. Its mission is to provide expert advice to the School’s Management on all matters concerning teaching.

The CCE is composed of 25 members and includes professors, MERs and lecturers. Members are elected by their peers for a period of 2 years, renewable twice at most.


A centre is a transdisciplinary unit with a specific mission of research, training and development that may have a scientific and technological infrastructure whose governance is defined by the EPFL management.

For centres attached to a faculty, governance is defined in consultation between the EPFL management and the dean concerned.

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Central organs

The central bodies assume administrative and technical tasks, as well as operational and support tasks for teaching, research and development for the entire EPFL.