Forschen an der Universität Zürich

University of Zurich

University of Zurich

The University of Zurich (UZH) is one of the leading research universities in Europe and a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). It is a world leader in research in medicine, business and economics, and several of the natural sciences. The University’s international standing is reflected in the many distinctions awarded to its members over the years, including 12 Nobel Prizes.

With a current enrollment of around 26,000 students, the University of Zurich is the largest university in Switzerland and with around 100 subject areas it boasts the widest range of courses in the country. Around 5,000 people in 130 departments across seven faculties conduct cutting-edge research and teach and encourage the next generation of scholars. Founded in 1833, UZH was the first university in Europe to be established by a democratic state.

The professors at UZH are passionate about delivering inspiring, research-based teaching and also enjoy time and freedom for reflection, creativity and experimentation. UZH actively encourages the transfer of knowledge and technology between academia and business – the University’s many spin-offs and start-ups make an important contribution to the innovative and flourishing economy of Zurich and the surrounding area. The University of Zurich has also entered into numerous partnerships, established research priorities and set up centers of competence in order to further knowledge and understanding in areas of relevance to society.

Facts and figures (2018)

Bachelor's and Master's students 20'000

Universität Zürich

Doctoral candidates 5'300
Professors 645
Spin-offs since 1999 143  
The University’s track record in research and innovation plays a central role in Zurich’s attractiveness as a place to do business. We support the GZA in their efforts to increase the Greater Zurich Area’s international visibility as a research hub and to encourage other interesting companies to base themselves in Zurich.
Prof. Dr. Michael Schaepman - President, University of Zurich

Mission Statement

The University of Zurich has successfully positioned itself among the world’s foremost universities. The University attracts the best researchers and students, and promotes junior scholars at all levels of their academic careers. 

University Leadership Team

Prof. Dr. Michael Schaepman

Deputy President and Vice President Education and Student Affairs
Prof. Gabriele Siegert

Vice President Research
Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Stark

Vice President Medicine
Prof. Beatrice Beck Schimmer

Director of Finances and Human Resources
Dipl. Ing. ETH Stefan Schnyder

Director of Real Estate and Facility Management
François Chapuis


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