UniversitÓ della Svizzera italiana as an organisation

Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) was established in 1996 as an independent institution offering a public service. It is operated as a private company, with transparency and efficiency. Its young and agile organisational structure ensures smooth procedures and fast decision-making.

The University Council members, with twelve members including the Deans of each Faculty, is the highest authority over academic and administrative management; each of the four Faculty Councils, however, is entirely autonomous in matters of teaching and research.
A Board of Trustees collaborates with the Faculties of Lugano for an effective teaching, research funds and for integration with an other organization operating in the Lugano area.
The Chairman of the Council is also the President of the University.

The USI funding model also reflects the University’s autonomy. Funds come from different sources: students’ tuition fees, public subsidies from Canton Ticino, the Swiss Federal Government, and the Cantons of provenance of the various Swiss students. Research is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and European research programs, as well as by private institutions, foundations, and sponsors.

The chart below shows the organs of Università della Svizzera italiana:

Organization chart of the university. The chart shows the main organs of the university: university council, faculties, services and board of trustees for the Lugano faculties.