On March 1, 2017 Dr. Bernhard Fuhrer, the Executive Director of the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) visited Franklin to present “Dodhar—The Dilemma" a documentary on the social, economic and environmental consequences of outmigration in Nepal, produced by the SNIS. The screening was followed by a lively panel discussion featuring Dr. Fuhrer, as well as Olivia Hayes ‘17 and Trevor Herden ’17 who both majored in International Relations; Genevieve Totten ’18 majoring in Environmental Studies; and Jordan Ricker G’17 who completed a Master of Science in International Management.

On Sunday, May 21st, 2017, Franklin University Switzerland celebrated its 47th Commencement Ceremony at Lugano’s lakeside Palazzo dei Congressi. The ceremony saw 87 students from all across the globe receiving a Bachelor's or Master's degree.

Dr. Brack Hale and Dr. Alexandra Peat, Professors of Environmental Science and Literature, respectively, have spent the past semester doing research while on sabbatical. Correlating with their fields of study and their teaching at Franklin, both professors wrote and received grants from prestigious institutions to support the research they’re conducting. The research itself has been extremely complementary to Dr. Peat’s and Dr. Hale’s prior research, as well as their courses here at Franklin.