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Collège de France

Collège de France is a higher education and research institution situated in Paris, France in 5th arrondissement or Latin Quarter across street from historical campus of La Sorbonne at junction of Rue Saint-Jacques and Rue des Ecoles. It mainly sports research and also provides teaching facilities but only to professors and researchers. It was established in 1530 by “King Francis I of France” as an imitation of Collegium Trilingue in Louvain at urging of Guillaume Bude of humanist inspiration. This school was established as an alternative to Sorbonne to promote disciplines such as Hebrew language, Ancient Greek “the first teacher being celebrated scholar Janus Lascaris and Mathematics”. This college was initially called “Collège Royal”, and later “Collège des Trois Langues (Latin: Collegium Trilingue), Collège National, Collège Impérial”, but in 1870 it was named “Collège de France”.

This college is unique because attendance is free and open to anyone but some high level courses are not open to general public. Goal of this college is to “to teach the professor’s own original research” therefore professors are selected among foremost researchers of the day. Selection criteria has only requirement that professors should be at top of their fields. They are preferred from several disciplines in both science and humanities. Even though the motto of the Collège is “Docet Omnia” in Latin which means “It teaches everything”. Goal of this college is best summed up by Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s phrase “Not preconceived notions, but the idea of free thought” which is blazed in golden letters above the main hall of the Collège building.


The Collège doesn’t award degrees, but has research laboratories. This college has one of the best research libraries of Europe. Different sections of this library are focusing on history with rare books, humanities, social sciences, but also chemistry or physics. As of June 2009, over 650 audio podcasts of Collège de France lectures are available on iTunes. Only a handful of those are in English. Similarly, the Collège de France’s website hosts several videos of classes including Mathematics, which are not available on the podcast.

Since 1936, the Collège has brought together the books forming a general library, primarily devoted to literature and human sciences. This is the library used by professors, who created it through purchase requests and donations. Apart from general library, specialized libraries have developed over many years around specific chairs and certain associated laboratories. Although intended for professors and researchers attached to the Collège, they are also open to outside public of specialists under certain conditions.

The general library and specialized libraries are located at two separate sites: 11, place Marcelin-Berthelot and 52, rue du Cardinal-Lemoine. The general library consists of several literary and scientific centres, will soon be moved back, along with Archives to 11, place Marcelin-Berthelot. The specialized libraries are currently open at 52, rue du Cardinal-Lemoine.

Colleges and Universities in Switzerland

Colleges and universities in Switzerland are places where the doors of knowledge are opened for the generations. Mankind finds the new horizons of knowledge and skills by entering in these institutes. Education plays an important role in the development of mankind, its resources and yields the civilization as well. Education is considered most important in the life of an individual all over the world.


As we know that there are no natural resources in Switzerland. So Switzerland has tried to compensate this shortage by getting more advances in the field of education. All its prosperity and development depends on its brain power. That’s why Switzerland has world’s best education system that is strongly accepted and adopted all over the world. In Switzerland, mostly people continue their study in colleges and universities after completion of compulsory education. Educational industry of Switzerland has groomed as much as people around the world desire to send their beloved children to Switzerland for higher studies. Switzerland is recognized throughout the world for its Canton Education System (Kindergarten Schools and Universities). However municipalities of Switzerland provide primary and secondary education as well to their children.


There are a number of schools and colleges in Switzerland. From the large number of universities, mostly running under Canton whereas some universities run by confederation. Switzerland provides all types of education to its inhabitants whether it is technical, social, commercial, political or Science/art. Duration of education of an individual vary significantly in Switzerland. Aside from the university education of Switzerland, Vocational training is also provided to youngsters in certain colleges. There are seven specialized colleges in Switzerland.


As we already mention that there are a number of universities that are accomplishing the responsibility in educating and training the human resources of Switzerland. However there is a list of top universities of Switzerland that can be used for rough guide.

RANK                                                                                    INSTITUTE NAME

1                                                                                              ETH Zurich ( Swiss Federal Institute of  Technology)

2                                                                                              University of Geneva

3                                                                                              University of Basel

4                                                                                              Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne

5                                                                                              University of  Zurich

6                                                                                              University of Bern

7                                                                                              University of Lausanne

There are a number of such private universities and colleges in Switzerland that offer many courses and diplomas. The education system of these institutes is based on Anglo-American system to very extent. The programs and diplomas offered by these institutes are not much preferred in Switzerland; so the individuals taking interest in doing these diplomas/courses are strongly recommended that they must be aware of this point before admitted there.

As concerned the admission criteria in the institutes of Switzerland, it vary with the establishment/development of institutes and other factors. It is suggested that individuals who are looking for admission in the institutes of Switzerland in higher education, they must directly contacted with the institutes so that there may not occur any confusion or discrepancy in the process of admission.

In short education system of Switzerland is known in all over the world. It is providing quality education that covers almost every field of life. Switzerland has compensated its shortage of natural resources in terms of education and professional training of its inhabitants.