The University of Geneva is a public research university located in Geneva, Switzerland. It was founded in 1559 by John Calvin as a theological seminary. The university holds and actively pursues teaching, research, and community service as its primary objectives.
In 2016, it was ranked 53rd worldwide by the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, 89th by the QS World University Rankings, and 131st in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking.
The University of Geneva is located in several districts in the eastern part of the city and in the nearby city of Carouge (on the left bank of the Lake Léman and the Rhône), and the different buildings are sometimes very distant from each other (the Battelle buildings are for instance more than three kilometers away from the Bastions).
The oldest building (1559) is the Collège Calvin, and is not anymore a university building. The University of Geneva is structured in various faculties and interfaculty centers which are representing teaching, research and service to society in the various disciplines.