The University of Lucerne is the youngest university in Switzerland. Its roots stretch back as far as 1600, but it has existed as a modern university only since 2000. The number of students has grown in ten years from about 250 in the founding year 2000 to currently around 2.400 students. The University of Lucerne comprises three faculties: Theology, Humanities and Social Sciences and Law. Its emphasis on networking is a particular characteristic. In the areas of research, teaching and services it creates links between confessions and religions, times and cultures, philosophy, politics and law. It holds the leading position in tertiary education in Central Switzerland, is a player in the realms of scientific research, education and further education. It numbers amongst the profiling factors in the economic life of Central Switzerland and is a motor for regional and cross-regional development.