University of Neuchâtel

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University of Neuchâtel
Université de Neuchâtel
founding 1909
Sponsorship state
place Neuchâtel
country SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Rector Kilian Stoffel
Students 4,282 (2016/17)
Employee 782
including professors 114
Annual budget 141.8 million CHF (2016; including subsidies and third-party funds)
Networks BeNeFri , IAU , Swissuniversities , Triangle Azur

The University of Neuchâtel ( French Université de Neuchâtel ) is a public university and was founded in 1909 in Neuchâtel , Switzerland . It has four faculties .


The university goes back to an academy founded in 1838 by Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia, then Prince of Neuchâtel, which was closed by the Grand Council in 1848 , reopened in 1866 and converted into a university in 1909.

The number of students at the University of Neuchâtel has been growing steadily for several years; it is thus following a general trend across Switzerland.

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
3,629 3,760 3,727 3,826 4,087 4,217 4,378 4,358 4,308 4,376


Main building of the University of Neuchâtel

Today the university has around 4200 students and 587 academic staff with 117 professorships . Around 55 percent of the students are female.

There are four faculties:

The main building, which houses part of the administration and the Faculté des Sciences économiques et sociales as well as part of the Faculté de Droit , as well as the building of the Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines are located directly on Lake Neuchâtel .

With around 2,000 students, the Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines is the university's largest faculty. It offers degrees in English studies , archeology , ethnology , geography , German studies , history , journalism , classical philology , art history , linguistics , pedagogy , philosophy , psychology , Romance studies and sociology .

Until it closed in July 2015, there was also a theological faculty (Faculté de Théologie) for studying Protestant theology . With that, La Chair et le Souffle also presented. Revue internationale de théologie et de philosophie , the faculty's magazine, began its publication.

Humanities and human sciences

The most important institutes and laboratories are:

  • Institut de geographie (IGG)
  • Institute of Ethnology (IETHNO)
  • Institute of Philosophy (IPHILO)
  • Institut de littérature française (ILF)
  • Institut d'histoire (IH)
  • Institut d'histoire de l'art et de muséologie (IHAM)
  • Institute des sciences du langage et de la communication (ISLC)
  • Institut d'archéologie (IA)
  • Institut de langue et littérature allemande (ILLAL)
  • Institut de langue et littérature anglaise (ILLAN)
  • Institut de langue et littérature hispanique
  • Institute de psychologie et éducation (IPSYED)
  • Institut de langue et civilization françaises (ILCF)
  • Institute of Sociology (ISOCIO)
  • Institut Forum suisse pour l'étude des migrations et de la population (SFM)
  • Laboratoire d'études transnationales et des processus sociaux

Houses and centers

  • Maison d'analysis des processus sociaux (MAPS)
  • Maison des sciences historiques (MASH)
  • Maison des sciences du langage et de la communication (SciLAC)
  • Maison de la philosophy
  • Center de logopédie
  • Center de sciences cognitives
  • Center de dialectologie
  • Center de linguistique appliquée
  • Center de linguistique française

The University of Neuchâtel has an international reputation for its institutes for biology , ethnology, health law, microtechnology and the Groupe de Recherche en Économie Territoriale (GRET)

Competence centers

In its action plan for 2013–2016, the University of Neuchâtel defines nine different competence centers in the field of research and innovation. They are:

The various competence centers are characterized by their interdisciplinary and inter-faculty character and crystallize the knowledge base that characterizes the University of Neuchâtel.


The annual budget in 2014 was around 142 million CHF, of which 18 million came from subsidies and third-party funds. On February 5, 2007, the rector Alfred Strohmeier was dismissed without notice. The cantonal government appointed Jean-Pierre Derendinger as rector ad interim . With Martine Rahier was from summer 2008 to August 2016, the first rector of Romandie in office, followed by Kilian Stoffel.


Honorary doctorates

See also

Web links

Commons : University of Neuchâtel  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  2. ^ List of IAU Members. In: International Association of Universities, accessed August 18, 2019 .
  3. ^ Members. In: swissuniversities, 2019, accessed on August 31, 2019 .
  4. Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines Université de Neuchâtel ( Memento of November 13, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  5. ^ Rolf Weibel : Closure of the Evangelical Theological Faculty of Neuchâtel . In: Herder Korrespondenz , vol. 69 (2015), p. 478.
  6. Fin annoncée de la revue philosophique “La Chair et le Souffle” , Alliance Presse, November 21, 2014, accessed on October 22, 2019.
  7. Centers of Competence. In: Retrieved November 24, 2015 .
  8. [1] , annual report 2014
  9. Université de Franche-Comté: Nouvelle direction pour l'université de Neuchâtel . In: en direct. Le journal de la recherche et du transfert de l'Arc jurassien , No. 266, September 2016. Accessed June 27, 2018

Coordinates: 46 ° 59 '38.1 "  N , 6 ° 56' 19"  E ; CH1903:  561967  /  204884