ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of Europe's leading technological universities.

Freedom and individual responsibility, entrepreneurial spirit and open-mindedness: ETH Zurich stands on a bedrock of true Swiss values. Our university for science and technology dates back to the year 1855, when the founders of modern-day Switzerland created it as a center of innovation and knowledge. At ETH Zurich, students discover an environment that encourages independent thinking, and researchers a climate that inspires top performance. Situated in the heart of Europe yet forging connections all over the world, ETH Zurich is pioneering solutions to the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

The insights and innovations developed by ETH researchers are taken up by the most forward-thinking sectors of the Swiss economy, from IT to micro and nanotechnology and high-tech medicine. Every year, ETH files 90 patent applications and registers 200 inventions. Since 1996, the university has launched 330 spin-off businesses. ETH also enjoys an excellent reputation in scientific circles. 21 Nobel prizewinners studied, taught or carried out their research here, and in the international league tables ETH is regularly rated as one of the best universities in the world.

«ETH and GZA complement each other perfectly. While ETH promotes innovation in Switzerland with its research and teaching, GZA plays a key role in helping new companies to set up here. This synergy strengthens the Greater Zurich Area as both an economic and scientific powerhouse.»

Prof. Ulrich Weidmann, Vice-President Human Resources and Infrastructure at ETH Zürich

Mission Statement

ETH Zurich carries out in-depth research to expand our knowledge base and kick-start innovative applications for the future. Its research is focused on the needs of society - at local, national or global level - and thereby makes a valuable contribution to the economy, politics and society.

Executive Board

Prof. Dr. Lino Guzzella

Prof. Dr. Sarah M. Springmann

Vice-President Research and Corporate Relations
Prof. Dr. Detlef Günther

Vice-President Finance and Controlling
Dr. Robert Perich

Vice-President Human Resources and Infrastructure
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Weidmann

Facts and figures (2015)


Bachelor's and Master's students


PhD candidates




patents per year


spin-offs since 1996

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