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Franklin in the top 50 WURI rankings of 2021

Franklin in the top 50 WURI rankings of 2021

Franklin in the top 50 WURI rankings of 2021


2021 marks the second year of the World Universities with Real Impact (WURI) ranking,  and enthusiasm was in the air at Franklin University Switzerland on  Thursday, June 10, when our community joined in on the 2021 WURI Online  Conference to witness the new award rankings.

WURI Rankings 2021

WURI Rankings 2021

On June 10, 2021, the results of the international ranking of World Universities with Real Impact, WURI were presented in an online conference. 


This innovative university ranking is organized by the Institute for Policy and Strategy on National Competitiveness (IPSNC) in South Korea and sponsored by four organizations:


- Hanseatic League of Universities (HLU) in the Netherlands;

- The Institute for Industrial Policy Studies (IPS) in Seoul, South Korea;

- The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva, Switzerland;

- The Taylor Institute of Franklin University (FUS) Switzerland in Lugano.

Interview with Dr. iur. Roberta Arnold by Luciana Vazquez

Interview with Dr. iur. Roberta Arnold by Luciana Vazquez

Interview with Dr. iur. Roberta Arnold by Luciana Vazquez


Roberta Arnold is currently a legal consultant on International Humanitarian Law, IHL and Counterterrorism. From writing for a local newspaper as a summer intern during her school days to a dream of reporting crimes against humanity, Prof. Arnold is tackling the biggest questions of conflict resolution today. It was a very enriching and thoughtful conversation I was able to have with her and I learned so much about her opinion on political and social matters.  

The World’s Universities with Real Impact (WURI) ranking 2021

The World’s Universities with Real Impact (WURI) ranking 2021

WURI 2021 Ranking will be presented at the Second WURI Conference,

Sponsored by UNITAR and other organizations


The World’s Universities with Real Impact (WURI) ranking 2021, which seeks to assess the innovativeness of universities for the future, will be presented on June 10, 2021, at 3 pm (CET)/10 pm (KST) in both Switzerland and South Korea.

Interview with Harold E. Doley III by Luciana Vazquez

Interview with Harold E. Doley III by Luciana Vazquez

Interview with Harold E. Doley III 

by Luciana Vazquez


Mr. Harold E. Doley, III is the third of his legacy, since his grandfather and his father have also been named Harold Doley. Along with their similar names, their successes and accomplishments in life have been all very impressive and impactful. (Must admit, I did a little unintentional peeking at his father’s background, too!) 


Mr. Doley is a natural leader and adventure seeker. At age 15 when his father, Mr. Doley Jr., got his dream to work in Africa as the African Development Bank’s U.S. representative, Mr. Doley, III was preparing to apply to boarding schools and found the one that would change his life.

Taylor Institute second Long-Life Learning Scholar Sana Tajangi 23

Taylor Institute second Long-Life Learning Scholar Sana Tajangi 23

Student Spotlight on Sana Tajangi ‘23


Sana Tajangi ‘23 is a first-year student from Tehran, Iran. She learned  about Franklin from a friend, and although she initially had other  college plans, the more she discovered about Franklin the more she was  convinced it was the perfect place for her, both academically and personally. 


Building close relationships with caring staff and professors beyond the classroom has made Sana’s university's first  impact an incredible experience.

Doughnut Economics & Rethinking Economy

Doughnut Economics & Rethinking Economy

oikos Lugano


Founded in March of 2021, oikos Lugano is an up and coming chapter in Switzerland’s Italian speaking region of Ticino.


This event will focus on how we measure the success of modern economies.  Leonardo Conte will present the doughnut model of economics, which  seeks to incorporate planetary boundaries with societal necessities.


Thursday, April 15th at 5:30pm in partnership with oikos and Sustainability Week Lugano

Taylor Institute second Long-Life Learning Scholar Rafaella Bragato

Taylor Institute second Long-Life Learning Scholar Rafaella Bragato

Student Spotlight on Rafaella Bragato ’21


Rafaella Bragato ’21, aspired to contribute to creating a legacy for  future students and is today an ambassador and facilitator to  the missions of growth, engagement, and outreach of The Taylor  Institute.


Most importantly, Franklin University Switzerland would finally give Rafaella the exceptional higher education she had been longing for and, at the same time, the opportunity to gain dual Swiss and American accreditation.

Taylor Institute second Long-Life Learning Scholar Luciana Vazquez

Taylor Institute second Long-Life Learning Scholar Luciana Vazquez

Student Spotlight on Luciana Vazquez ‘21


Luciana  Vazquez is a senior at Franklin, double majoring in Social Justice and  Sustainability and International Economics with Political Economy. 


Luciana was drawn to the Taylor Institute because she wanted to take on the challenge of

promoting, planning and growing the events and initiatives related to  the institute. 

Leadership Strategies for a Changing Planet - (Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 18.00 – 19.00)

Leadership Strategies for a Changing Planet - (Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 18.00 – 19.00)

Leadership Strategies for a Changing Planet

Thursday, March 25, 2021 | 18.00 – 19.00


A Journey from Chaos to Interconnectivity: Leadership Strategies for a Changing Planet


Investigating  the different dimensions of life on our changing planet, we take you on a  journey of leadership and management strategies to navigate within the  threshold of the world's social and ecological  boundaries. 

Women in the COVID-19: Disproportionately affected and protagonists of regeneration

Women in the COVID-19: Disproportionately affected and protagonists of regeneration

Women in the COVID-19: Disproportionately affected and protagonists of regeneration.


The pandemic has increased the vulnerability of countless women acrossthe globe. 


There is a need to pay close attention to the experiences andstruggles of women so they can fully participate and flourish in the regeneration of human systems and the creation of new development models that are more respectful of people and the earth.

Is quality the key to sustainable economic growth? Will the shift to qualitative economies save both the environment and investments?

Is quality the key to sustainable economic growth? Will the shift to  qualitative economies save both the environment and investments?

Embracing qualitative changes in economics literature to avoid outright de-growth while supporting sustainable development.


Event: February 17th - 5.30pm CEST


Registration closes: 15th February 


Click here to register for the event