Archway at Bahnhofplatz Lucerne (Source: Wikipedia)
Brigitte Mürner-Gilli, Lucerne Government Councillor from 1987 to 1999 (Photo 1991, collection ETH library)

The awakening of the 1990s

Following the negative outcome of the referendum for the proposed university on 9 July 1978, the Faculty of Theology gradually expanded the range of courses it offered. In 1993, a small Humanities Faculty was created and, together with the Faculty of Theology, became the Hochschule Luzern (forerunner of the University of Lucerne).

In the 1990s, Brigitte Mürner-Gilli, a CVP politician and director of education in Lucerne, championed the proponents of a university. Her aim was to present the university proposal as a logical expansion of the regional and national education system. She was also able to garner allies in liberal political parties and she established an influential lobby for the idea of a university in Lucerne.

However, the Hochschule Luzern was almost closed in 1997, due to savings measures by the canton.

You can find out why this did not happen in the audio contribution or in the complete text "The awakening of the 1990s".