Supporting Ethical Values and Social Responsibility

In 2020, Franklin University Switzerland placed 56th in the top 100 of the World’s Universities with Real Impact (WURI) Ranking 2020 and is ranked as one of the Top 10 Universities supporting ethical values and social responsibility.

The rankings included such elite universities as Stanford, Harvard, and Oxford. FUS distinguished itself for its marked internationality and its innovative approach to hands-on education. FUS fared well in several specialty rankings this year, including #9 in the top 50 for Ethical Value And #28 in the top 50 for Industrial Application.

The smaller size of the university allows us to adapt and innovate, and our values follow social responsibility, openness, and global impact. Our student body is international. Our mission is quite explicit. "We create leaders who are responsible, compassionate, and collaborative.”

The WURI ranking is designed to give a fresh, updated perspective that reflects the world in which we live right now. This is especially important as the shift in priorities and the need for global innovation rings loud and clear. The ranking is promoted by the Hanseatic League of Universities (HLU) and is open to all universities, colleges, schools, and any institutions of higher education that seek to provide innovation in research and education.

President Warden says “I continue to feel great pride in Franklin University Switzerland, as do many of you. The great things that are happening here, at our beautiful school in the mountains, do not always translate neatly into ranking metrics. Going forward you will hear about the steps we are taking to strengthen the school, enhance the student experience, and continue to raise the school’s global positioning.”


Ranked in the Top 100 Universites making and impact, Franklin University Switzerland is a small, international school located in the southern Swiss city of Lugano. FUS strives to develop and cultivate an academic environment that provides opportunities for students to become articulate, informed, and productive leaders of their communities.

Founded in 1969, Franklin was among the first institutions to bring American Liberal Arts education to Europe. It is the only liberal arts university in the world accredited in the United States (MSCHE) and Switzerland. It is the only university in Switzerland that offers a flexible, interdisciplinary, experiential-learning education, placing Academic Travel at the core of its curriculum.