Continuous improvement




The prevention process is based on systematic analysis of existing risks in order to anticipate them and limit their severity. This complements the evaluation process.

This risk management is carried out at every level of the institution and in every domain of activities. It requires identifying institutional risks in order to evaluate their impact on the University and to address them.

Each entity manages the risks specific to its field, comme par exemple, le service égalité qui, par le Groupe Confiance, confiance(at), met à disposition des membres de la communauté universitaire des ressources pour la prévention de harcèlement, pour la protection de la personnalité.


To prevent and reduce identified risks, and to ensure the optimal functioning of the University and compliance with the legal and regulatory framework, the preventive evaluation of the University’s functioning has two main elements:

  • Risks related to operational processes, managed through an internal control system
  • Major internal risks, managed by the Rectorate.

An internal audit system, providing oversight of the internal control system and management tasks, further bolsters prevention measures.

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A certain number of potential risks have been identified in the areas of academics, governance, politics, finances, infrastructure, media, and society. The Rectorate regularly analyzes them to identify those that could be considered major, because they could have a particularly serious impact on the missions and/or functioning of the University, and could affect achievement of the objectives set down in the strategic plan.

This particularly concerns risks that could, for example, affect the quality of research or teaching or the University’s attractiveness for students, or those tied to administration, the IT system, or safety.

These risks are considered ‘major institutional risks’, and receive particular attention and regular oversight. Each risk is placed under the responsibility of a member of the Rectorate, and its management is entrusted to the director or head of the unit with which the identified major institutional risk is associated.

All other risks apart from these major institutional risks, are managed internally by the entities as part of their governance activities.


Beyond the legal obligations (Article 728a.1, LGAF, LSurv), managing risks is essential to UNIGE, especially when they have the potential to impact the institution’s financial state.

The internal control system is a management tool aimed at preventing and reducing identified risks.

It designates the suite of activities, methods, and measures of control required to guarantee the optimal functioning of the University and compliance with the legal and regulatory framework.

The internal control system is a dynamic process that adapts to changes in the institution while equipping the Rectorate to effectively and efficiently manage the institution in compliance with the rules that govern it.

The steering committee conducts and coordinates the implementation of the internal control system throughout the University’s structures.

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