Toward a Digital Strategy

The impact of digital technologies is a major economic, political, social and scientific issue of our time, which also profoundly impacts the academic world. The University of Geneva must therefore be constantly tracking the changes brought about by digital technologies and taking them into account in the context of its missions, which are education, research and services to the city of Geneva. In an age of rapid technological and social innovations, the University of Geneva has the ambition to promote excellence and innovation in all digital matters.



To achieve this objective, the Rectorate has incorporated digital technology into its strategy and appointed a Vice-Rector in charge of defining and piloting digital initiatives in the fields of education, research and services to the city of Geneva. In this context, the Rectorate has created a Digital Strategy Office and appointed a Director of Digital Strategy, whose mission is to stimulate innovative projects by monitoring and coordinating digital initiatives within the institution.

An digital strategy is currently being developed by the Digital Strategy Office and will be published on this website in October 2018.


Focus of the Digital Strategy

Digital technology as an OBJECT of teaching and research
The University of Geneva has a responsibility to prepare its students, the academic community and the local citizenry for the digital age, by giving them the means to understand and face the challenges it presents. It conducts teaching and research related to digital technologies in an interdisciplinary fashion. Therefore, digital technology is not only understood in its technological dimension, but also in its other dimensions, in particular cultural, economic, legal and social. Digital technology is thus an object of the University's activities.

Digital technology as a TOOL for teaching and research
The University of Geneva offers its students, the university community and the City of Geneva digital services that enable the various stakeholders to benefit in a broad range of ways from the teaching and research on digital issues. Digital technology is thus a means of carrying out the activities of the University.

Digital technology as a society ISSUE
Aware of its privileged position on the global digital map (Geneva has been designated as the "world capital of digital diplomacy" in the 2030 Geneva's strategy plan), The University of Geneva participates actively in digital debates at the local, national and international levels and participates through its actions in the implementation of national, cantonal and global digital strategy plans. It contributes to the positioning of Geneva and Switzerland in digital matters in close cooperation with other stakeholders, including Geneva’s international organizations.