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The region of Vaud is clocking up a range of global accolades in technology, innovation & education

Ranked 19th in the global QS Top University rankings for best student cities, the region is home to the country’s second-largest polytechnic institution, a renowned university and the IMD Business School, whose programmes have topped the Financial Times ranking for almost a decade.

Students from at home and abroad are coming to the region to enjoy its array of academic and social offerings such as the EHL, the world’s best hospitality school, also located in the Vaud capital, in addition to four other hotel schools that are ranked among the world’s top ten.

According to KPMG, the region’s private institutions contribute one and a half billion francs a year to the regional economy. Switzerland has long been known for its high quality of education and Vaud has the perfect infrastructure to make this a very safe place for students to study in some of the world’s best institutions.

Ranking highly on sustainability, the University of Lausanne (UNIL) is, according to WWF, in second position on the rankings, with a score of 88.17 points out of a total of 100, just behind ETH Zurich (89.92 points) and ahead of the University of Bern (87.92 points).

The rankings are based on a range of criteria defined the WWF, including sustainability strategy, student and teacher involvement and the resources made available to implement the relevant measures.

Lausanne is now one of the world’s top five smart cities according to the latest Smart City Index produced by IMD Lausanne and the Singapore University of Technology and Design, making the capital of Vaud a thriving hub of innovation.

Putting technology at the heart of the services on offer to its population, Lausanne’s status as one of the world’s top smart cities, way ahead of metropolises such as New York and Tokyo, offers great advantages to the city’s population alongside its other world-class offerings bringing a high quality of life to residents and visitors.

The region’s high ranking in the Smart City Index reflects the fact that Vaud has excelled in several areas of infrastructure such as education, medical services, green spaces, cultural activities and health and recycling facilities.

Additionally, the region also has a world class health system, technological culture, and digital infrastructure.

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