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University of Basel

General Secretariat

University of Basel, Kollegienhaus
University of Basel, Kollegienhaus (Image: © Mark Niedermann)

The General Secretariat supports the President's Board in its mission to continue developing the University of Basel as a modern, diverse and responsible institution characterized by excellence in its core fields of teaching and research, and in the areas of management and support.

It coordinates the activities of the President's Board, the Senate, the President's Council and the University Council. It is also responsible for the overarching areas of archives, collections, collaboration within the Upper Rhine region (Eucor alliance), the Legal Service, diversity, sustainability and quality development. In addition, it assists with the appointment of new professors, supports the President's Board’s strategic projects, supplies university management committees with analysis and figures, and provides technical and contentrelated expertise for professional surveys.

General Secretariat office

The General Secretariat office organizes the work of the President's Board and supports the Senate, the President's Council and the University Council as a pan-university advisory and decisionmaking committee. It is also responsible for coordinating staff appointments, and supports the university management in numerous other activities through research and analysis, assisting with projects and overseeing documentation around various topics, such as university rankings.

Eucor - The European Campus

The Eucor team at the University of Basel is responsible for activities relating to the alliance of five universities in the Upper Rhine region that aim to promote crossborder collaboration. The team prepares analysis and ideas, carries out projects and makes connections within the university alliance.

Archives and collections

The University Archives provide advice and support when it comes to for the organizing and storing business documents (record keeping, business administration). The university archivist is the contact person for all pending deliveries of documents to the State Archives of Basel-Stadt and for questions regarding the University of Basel’s academic collections.

Legal Service

The Legal Service advises the President's Board, the faculties, other organizational units within the university and the university administration on legal questions relating to the university. The Legal Service provides, in particular, legal advice, reviews and support, alongside formulating and drawing up university decrees and contracts, such as research, collaboration and service contracts. The Legal Service also represents the university in legal disputes.


The Diversity Office plans, implements and evaluates projects intended to improve the way in which degrees, research and administration are designed in terms of gender, diversity and family compati-bility. Focal points include ensuring personal integrity, actively promoting female excellence and establishing the university as a family-friendly organization and a serviceoriented employer within the international academic community.


The Sustainability Office initiates, supports and coordinates sustainability programs at the university, and implements its own projects in close collaboration with other areas of the university. It provides advice, raises awareness, makes sustainability-relevant activities visible and develops instruments for the longterm institutional implementation of sustainability at the University of Basel.

Quality development

The quality development team works with university members to establish and develop quality processes at the university. It coordinates periodical renewals of the university’s quality strategy and thus contributes to the implementation of the federal accreditation standards. In addition, the team supports and advises the university units on evaluation and monitoring processes, or carries these out itself.

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