University of Lugano / Università della Svizzera italiana

Università della Svizzera italiana, Via Giuseppe Buffi, Lugano, Switzerland

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established Established :

October 3, 1995

campus University Type and Campus :

Urban 15 acres

The Università della Svizzera italiana (USI, literally University of Italian Switzerland), sometimes referred to as the University of Lugano, in English-speaking contexts, is a public Swiss university established in 1995, with campuses in Lugano, Mendrisio and Bellinzona (Canton Ticino, Switzerland). USI is the only university in Switzerland where the official language is Italian. It counts four \"Faculties\" on the Lugano campus (Communication Sciences, Economics, Informatics, and Biomedical Sciences), and the Academy of Architecture on the Mendrisio campus. Affiliated to USI are, since 2010, the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB), located in Bellinzona, and from January 1, 2017, the Institute of Oncology Research (IOR), also on the Bellinzona campus.

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Administrative staff: 825 (2016)

Students: 2,862 (2016)

Undergraduates: 1,387 (2016)

Postgraduates: 1,202 (2016)

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