Founded in 1834, the University of Bern (in German Universität Bern, in Latin Universitas Bernensis) is located in the city of Bern, the capital of Switzerland. The university is financed and controlled by the Canton of Bern. A traditional comprehensive university, it offers a wide range of study programs in eight faculties and nearly 160 institutes. It is an international leader in various fields such as space research. Teaching and research are interdisciplinary, as is the case with the four National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCR): Climate (climate science), North-South (sustainable development), International Trade Regulation (global trade) and TransCure (membrane biology). With about 14,900 registered students, the University of Bern is one of the medium-sized universities in Switzerland. Its central geographical location, the quality of life in the city of Berne, which is among the highest in the world, and the courses of study offered all contribute to the attractiveness of the University of Berne.