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Global Affairs

Building Networks

UZH is an active member of various international organizations and networks in research, teaching, innovation and other important areas of higher education.

Our memberships in these networks facilitate access to international projects and funding instruments for UZH researchers, while UZH students and staff can profit from attractive mobility agreements. Our global engagement contributes to solving societal challenges together with the best worldwide. 

  • League of European Research Universities (LERU)

    The League of European Research Universities (LERU) is committed to upholding sound conditions for research, especially basic research, and teaching.
  • Una Europa

    Eleven leading European research universities have come together to create a unique alliance – Una Europa. The alliance aims to draw on collective strengths to create a truly European inter-university environment, a University of the Future.
  • Universitas 21 (U21)

    Universitas 21 (U21) is the leading global network of 28 research-intensive universities from all continents who share a common belief in the value of collaboration and internationalisation.
  • Strategic Partnerships with Universities

    The University of Zurich works hand in hand with specific partner universities in bilateral strategic alliances. We address global challenges by offering innovative teaching collaborations, initiating dialogues with relevant stakeholders and learning from each other at an institutional level.
  • European University Association (EUA)

    The EUA is the representative organization of universities and national rectors’ conferences in 46 European countries.
  • EUA Magna Charta Observatory

    The Magna Charta Observatory of Fundamental University Values and Rights is a non-profit organisation based in Bologna, founded by the University of Bologna and the European University Association (EUA).
  • European University Foundation (EUF)

    The University of Zurich has been a member of the influential European University Foundation (EUF) since 2019. The EUF aims to accelerate the modernization of the European higher education area and to promote high-quality student mobility.
  • Lake Constance Arts & Sciences Association

    The Lake Constance Arts & Sciences Association is an association of 25 universities from Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland.
  • United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)

    UNAI is a United Nations (UN) initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the UN in supporting and contributing to the realization of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The University of Zurich has been selected to serve as a UNAI Hub for SDG-13 Climate Action from 2018–2021.

News About UZH's Global Networks

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Una Europa Boosts European Cooperation

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Una Europa is a unique alliance of 11 European research universities, including UZH. We asked Vice President Gabriele Siegert about how joining the alliance in 2022 has benefited research at UZH and its international outlook.

New Strategic Partnership with KU Leuven

More about New Strategic Partnership with KU Leuven

In view of further strengthening collaboration in Europe, KU Leuven and UZH are entering into a strategic cooperation. “Both universities share common values and goals, in particular in research excellence, teaching and innovation. With this new bilateral partnership, two key contributors in Europe will continue to shape the university system of the future,” said UZH President Michael Schaepman.

Navigating Challenges in Research Assessment

More about Navigating Challenges in Research Assessment

The LERU Research Policy Group focuses on research and innovation policy matters. In their recent meeting in Zurich, the group addressed the implications of participating in the "Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment" (CoARA), an initiative that was fromed in 2022 to reform research evolution.

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Carmen Richard
Team Lead Global Networks

Funding Instruments

UZH and other institutions offer an array of different international funding instruments.

Responsible Collaboration

Swissuniversities published a Guideline for Responsible International Collaboration.

For UZH Staff: International Collaboration Agreements

To foster international cooperation in teaching, research and other fields of mutual interest, UZH enters into formal agreements with universities and other educational and research institutions.

For UZH Staff: UZH Global Collaboration Database

The database combines data of UZH’s (inter-)national connections. Enter your international cooperations or find information about other international projects:

Sustainable Internationalization

UZH's network strategy plays an important role in contributing to climate neutrality by 2030. It allows UZH to focus its international activities, use synergies and develop solutions to global challenges across borders.