Zurich, A City Of Universities And Innovative Spirit

Sep 24, 2018 | Education in Switzerland | 0 comments

With its 20 universities serving for 60,000 students Zurich hosts 10 of the world’s largest financial institutions including Credit Suisse, UBS, Zurich Financial Services.

Its highly innovative city-spirit is developed by multiple accelerators and incubators including Kickstart, CTI Start-up, Startups.ch Academy, Technopark Zurich, Swiss Startup Factory, Venturelab, Venture Kick and Saft 2050.

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ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich) is considered one of the most prestigious and best public universities in Switzerland. The university is located in Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city and a major economic and cultural hub. ETH Zurich is known as one of the leading international universities that excels in science and technology. This university is also well-known for its exceptional education, high level of teaching, and groundbreaking fundamental research not only within Europe, but throughout the world.

ETH Zurich and its researchers have received numerous scientific honors. So far, the Nobel Prize has been conferred on twelve scholars with ETH Zurich, including Albert Einstein and Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen. This university is consistently ranked as one of the world’s best educational institutions. According to the 2018 World University Rankings, ETH Zurich is the tenth best university in the world.

University of Zurich

The University of Zurich, which is also located in Zurich, was founded in 1833, and was comprised of the Faculties of Theology, Law, Medicine, and Philosophy. This was the first university in Europe that was founded by citizens of a democratic nation rather than by a secular authority or the church. Today, the university has seven faculties: Philosophy, Human Medicine, Economic Sciences, Law, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Theology, and Veterinary Medicine. The university is also subdivided into 140 institutes, providing a broad range of subjects and study courses, and offers a wide array of bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degree programs.

With over 20,000 enrolled students from over 110 countries, the University of Zurich is Switzerland’s largest university. According to statistics, 1 in 6 students comes from abroad. There are over 4,000 teachers and approximately 500 professors who teach and conduct research in engineering, architecture, mathematics, natural sciences, system-oriented sciences, and management and social sciences. There are also 1,200 assistants and 1,400 non-academic employees with the university.

Apart from its own institutions, the university gives students access to its archived collections, libraries, and nine museums, covering subjects that range from anthropology to zoology. Students also have the opportunity to participate in international exchange programs. Students interested in sports will find a wide range of sports programs offered through the university’s Academic Sports Association.