Areas of Knowledge
Connect with our centre of excellence, collaborate with opinion formers, and create innovative partnerships for your organisation, through ThinkSport, with the support of our founders: the city of Lausanne, the canton of Vaud, the swiss Confederation and the International Olympic Committee.
The network includes knowledge leaders from within :
Lausanne was officially designated the Olympic Capital in 1994, and has become the unofficial administrative capital of sport. Since then, more than 50 International Federations and related sport organisations have established their headquarters in the Capital, the canton de Vaud, and within in the Swiss Confederation. They remain at the heart of the area's focus on sport -- both at the elite and grassroots level.
Lausanne, the capital of the canton of Vaud, is a major university town and a key centre for education, with an array of academic institutions providing a variety of degree programmes (Bachelor to Masters) in sport. Consistently amongst the top-ranked in terms of academic reputation, faculty/student ratio, and international student ratio, Swiss universities offer wide-ranging educational grounding in areas as diverse as engineering and technology, to sports management and materials study. The area is also known for its hotel schools, which provide qualification in sectors slotting easily into the sports world -- business, hospitality, event management, leisure services and event knowledge transfer. Switzerland's academic strength partly reflects the country's heavy investment in research: it spends 2.2% of its GDP on research and development, double the EU average of 1.1%.
A host of corporations, associations, Fortune 500 companies, banking institutions, and leading business strategists are based in and around Lausanne, many with a shared connection to, or interest in, sport. All regularly play a role in the funding and forward planning of the international sports industry.
Lausanne, the canton of Vaud, and the Swiss Confédération have been the guiding force behind many recent initiatives supporting the sports industry, and remain a catalyst for positive and creative dialogue within the international sports movement. In light of the region's focus on sport and sporting endeavours, a number of services, including business support, have been put into place to assist organisations and individuals considering living or working here. We are committed to facilitating your integration into Switzerland, and you can look forward to a warm welcome!
IO & NGO
Several of the world's most recognisable international organisations (IO) and non-governmental organisations (NGO), such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and UNESCO, are headquartered in Geneva. Many of them have created and/or support activities and programmes related to sport, in particular those promoting health, physical activity, sustainability, and fair play.