The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is one of two national universities of Switzerland. It is devoted to education, research, and technology transfer in natural sciences and engineering disciplines. EPFL strives for excellence, which is reflected in the Leiden ranking where it is ranked second in Europe. In the QS global world ranking, EPFL is ranked 22 and within Europe it is ranked as number 7.