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University of Neuchâtel
Université de Neuchâtel
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Established 1838
Type Public
Location Neuchâtel, Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
46°59′37″N 6°56′19″E / 46.99373°N 6.938547°E / 46.99373; 6.938547Coordinates: 46°59′37″N 6°56′19″E / 46.99373°N 6.938547°E / 46.99373; 6.938547
Website www.unine.ch

The University of Neuchâtel (UniNE) is a French-speaking university in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The University has five faculties (schools) and more than a dozen institutes, including arts and human sciences, natural sciences, law, economics and theology. For the 2005–2006 academic year, 3,595 students (1,987 women and 1,608 men) were enrolled. The Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences is the largest school of those that comprise the University of Neuchâtel with 1,500 students. The University of Neuchâtel superseded the Academy, which was created in 1838 by King Frederick William IV of Prussia, Prince of Neuchâtel. It awarded licentiate academic degrees in arts and in sciences. In 1848, the Grand Council decreed the closing of the Academy and in 1866 a new "academy" was established.

The university has an annual budget of CHF 120 million and an annual research fund of CHF 40 million. Approximately 4,000 students, including 500 PhD students attend the university, and more than 600 diplomas, licences, doctorates and certificates are awarded each year. The university has more than 1100 employees.[1]

The University of Neuchâtel is situated at the heart of the French-speaking region of Switzerland, in Neuchâtel.

The University of Neuchâtel superseded the Academy, which was created in 1838 by King Frederick William IV of Prussia, Prince of Neuchâtel. It awarded licentiate academic degrees in arts and in sciences. The Academy of Neuchâtel became a University in 1909.

Before 2005, the University of Neuchâtel followed the French education model with some minor differences. The University now follows the academic standards of the Bologna Process which proposes a three-tiered system of university degrees, namely Bachelor degree, Master degree and Doctorate.

The University of Neuchâtel is a French-speaking university. However, certain Master and postgraduate programs are taught in French and English, or exclusively in English. More than 20 percent of its students come from abroad.

Teaching

Faculty of Humanities

The largest faculty has around 1700 students. Its fields of research and study are Ancient and Middle Age Languages and Civilizations, Archeology, Art History, English Language and Literature, French Language and Literature, Logic, Museology and Philosophy. In Social Sciences, the Center for the Understanding of Social Processes (Maison d’analyse des processus sociaux, MAPS) is made up of five institutes: Anthropology, Geography, Psychology and Education, Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies and Sociology. It fosters cooperative work on interdisciplinary research projects.

Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science numbers around 900 students. This faculty is active within different research domains such as: Biology, Biogeosciences, Hydrogeology, Geothermal Science, Information Technology, and Mathematics. It is the Swiss leading house for one National Centres of Competence in Research : Plant Survival.

Faculty of Law

A faculty with 560 students which offers six orientations within the Master : Business Law, International and European Law, Public Law, Health and Biotechnology Law, Sports Law, Judiciary Professions. It has a 3rd cycle International Master Degree with the SDA Bocconi University of Milan and the de Montfort University of Leicester, in collaboration with FIFA and counts many institutes such as the Institute of Health Law (IDS) or the International Sport Science Center (CIES).

Faculty of Economics

The Faculty of Economics has around 450 students. It offers a Master degree programs in many different fields : Financial Analysis, International Business Development, Public Economics, Public Politics and Management, Psychology of Labor and Organizations, Statistics, and Information Systems. Unique within Switzerland is the Academy of Journalism and Media. An integrated Master’s program, designed with professionals from the sector, focusing on the new needs of enterprise in the media world.

Faculty of Theology

A small, historic building, the seat of the prestigious Bibliothèque des Pasteurs, houses the Faculty of Theology. Neuchâtel offers a common Master degree in Theology, with the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne.

References

  1. ^ annual report University of Neuchâtel 2006-2007

University of Neuchâtel, Rectorate. "Annual report University of Neuchâtel 2006-2007" (in French) (pdf). http://www2.unine.ch/webdav/site/rectorat/shared/documents/rapports_gestion/rapport_gestion0607_12fev2008.pdf.  

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