International rankings

A leader in innovation and competitiveness

For years, Switzerland and the Greater Zurich Area have occupied top positions worldwide in terms of talent availability, innovative strength, competitiveness and quality of life. A selection of renowned rankings.

Switzerland

Rank

Ranking

Publisher

Issue (with link to ranking)

Innovation Champion

Global Innovation Scoreboard

Consumer Technology Association CES2023
1

Most sustainable start-ups per capita

Swiss Startup Radar2022/2023
3World Competitiveness RankingIMD2023
5World Digital Competitiveness RankingIMD2023

1

World Talent Ranking

IMD

2023

1

Global Innovation Index

WIPO

2023

1

European Innovation Scoreboard

European Commission

2023

1

Global Talent Competitiveness Index

INSEAD, Adecco Group, Tata    
Communications

2023

1

Human Freedom Index

Fraser Institute2023

1

Best Countries Ranking

U.S. News, Y&R, BAV, Wharton

2023

4

International Tax Competitiveness Index

Tax Foundation2023
1

Top jurisdiction for investment worthiness    
in cryptocurrencies

Cointelegraph Research2022
1

Industrial Location Index

German Economic Institute2021

 

Zurich (city of Zurich and Greater Zurich Area)

Rank

Ranking

Publisher

Issue (with link to ranking)

2

European Cities and Regions of the Future - Category “Mid-sized European cities”

Financial Times fDi Intelligence

2024

1

Crypto Hubs 2023

CoinDesk

2023

5

Circular Cities Barometer

Holcim/ Bloomberg Media

2023

1

Friendliest City in Europe

Bounce

2023

5

Europe's best Cities

Resonance Consultancy

2023

6

Global Liveability Index

Economist Intelligence EIU

2023

2

Urban Mobility Readiness Index; Public Transit

Oliver Wyman Forum

2023

1

Smart City Index

IMD / World    
Competitiveness Center

2023

1

Innovation Place of the Year

Die Deutsche Wirtschaft

2021

6

Regional Innovation Scoreboard

European Commission

2023

2

Quality of Living Ranking

Mercer

2023

2

Cities of Opportunity - indicator “Intellectual properties and innovation” (5th place in the overall ranking)

PwC (Swiss special edition of the global study)

2018

 

ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)

Rank

Ranking

Publisher

Issue (with link to ranking)

11

(1st outside USA/UK)

World University Rankings

THE (Times Higher Education)

2024

7

(1st outside USA/UK)

 

QS World University Rankings

QS Quacquarelli Symonds

2024

20

(2nd outside USA/UK)

 

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

2023

 

University of Zurich (UZH)

Rank

Ranking

Publisher

Issue (with link to ranking)

80

World University Rankings

THE (Times Higher Education)

2024

91 

QS World University Rankings

QS Quacquarelli Symonds

2024

59

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

2023

 

ETH Zurich - together with its sister institutes Empa and Eawag - and the University of Zurich, are members and academic partners of the Greater Zurich Area Foundation.

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