The University of Basel enjoys an excellent reputation and is considered one of the best research universities both in Switzerland and worldwide. Our success is down to the commitment and dedication our students, researchers, and staff, and this makes me very proud. Our university, founded in 1460, looks back on a long history steeped in tradition – a success story that is the driving force behind future development. However, it is not enough to just keep up with the times. We strive to be one step ahead, which is why our research today focuses on topics that will define the society of tomorrow.
You, too, can do your part to keep the University of Basel successfully on track. I warmly welcome your interest and your involvement!
Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. Andrea Schenker-Wicki
Whether giving early career researchers the opportunity to deliver impetus for promising new research projects or push for a modern learning and teaching environment, your ideas and commitment will know no bounds. By supporting the University of Basel, you are investing in the future and strengthening Basel’s competitiveness as a place of scientific and academic research.
Our alumni are public ambassadors for the University of Basel, representing the university in words and deeds. The AlumniBasel network offers a myriad of opportunities to stay in touch with the university, meet exciting people, and learn first-hand where the latest research is headed.
Debate and exchange with society is the lifeblood of a research university. And your individual commitment can be instrumental in providing important research impetus as well as the giving support where conventional funding instruments are not in place. The Fundraising Team offers university staff and students the advice and support they need for their fundraising activities.
Fundraising includes all activities conducted at the university with the aim of securing donations or sponsorship from corporations, organizations, and private individuals. This can take the form of monetary or material support.
Donations are contributions made by private individuals (donors) to the university and/or specific university bodies for which there is no contractually agreed “consideration” or service provided in return. Donations specifically include endowments, legacies, bequests, charitable donations, and contributions for research and educational materials.
Sponsorship involves the university providing a contractually agreed service in return for the sponsor’s funds.
Endowed professorships are professorships that are largely funded from private donations.
Legacies are assets from an estate left to the university, its bodies, or members of the university with the status of an heir. Bequests are assets from an estate left to the university, its bodies, or members of the university as legatees without the status of an heir.