Uni/PH-building, Frohburgstrasse 3, Lucerne (Photo: Christoph Arnet)
Lecture with Prof. Dr. Felix Bommer in Hörsaal 1 (2011)

The University of Lucerne – from its 'birth' to the present day

The University of Lucerne opened its doors on 1st October 2000 with the entry into force of the cantonal university legislation, which was approved by the voters of Lucerne in a referendum on 21st May of that year with a majority of 72 percent.

In 2000, the university commenced with the two existing faculties of Theology and Humanities. One year later, the Faculty of Law opened, and was followed in 2016 with the Economics Faculty and 2019 the Department Health Sciences and Medicine. The student numbers steadily grew over this period from 250 to 3500 in the 2019/20 academic year.

The University of Lucerne has successfully developed itself in the first twenty years of its existence into a focussed university in the human sciences and it ideally complements the technical universities and full universities of Switzerland.

You can find out more about the development of the University of Lucerne in the audio contribution or in the complete text "The University of Lucerne – from its 'birth' to the present day".