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Strategic Partnerships With Universities

The University of Zurich strives to strengthen and develop its existing partnership links with a small number of universities to form strategic alliances in a number of areas. The aim is to address global challenges, offer innovative teaching collaborations for students, initiate dialogues with relevant stakeholders and learn from each other at an institutional level.


The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the University of Vienna and the University of Zurich form a strategic alliance. All three universities are comprehensive universities with a similar profile and the same interests, which are mutually beneficial.
Berlin-Vienna-Zurich Alliance

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

In 2017, UZH entered into a strategic partnership with Freie Universität Berlin, stepping up their already close cooperation. This alliance has brought about joint research projects in the natural sciences, neurosciences and psychology, in particular. Strong connections also exist through joint initatives in the humanities.
Strategic Partnership with Freie Universität Berlin

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

UZH and the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin signed a cooperation agreement for a strategic partnership in 2019. Both universities provided start-up funding for joint research projects, that lead to promising projects in natural science, social science and the humanities.
Strategic Partnership with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

KU Leuven

UZH and KU Leuven entered a strategic partnership in spring of 2023. The University of Zurich and KU Leuven have a strong track record in research collaboration, student exchange, and are both members of three university networks and alliances. With the strategic partnership signed in spring of 2023, the two institutions acknowledged their existing institutional links.
Strategic Partnership with KU Leuven

Kyoto University, Japan

Kyoto University is renowned for its medical research. 2019 saw the launch of the first Research Lab in Residence program, in which two researchers from UZH were working with specialists in reprogrammed stem cells in Kyoto. The strategic partnership was then formed in 2020.
Strategic Partnership with Kyoto University

Université de Genève, Switzerland

The University of Zurich and Université de Genève have been strategic partners since 2017. A close collaboration in the fields of digital science and citizen science has already been initiated.
Strategic Partnership with Université de Genève

University of Queensland, Australia

The two universities have had institutional links for many years, and since 2017 the links have become increasingly stronger through research and teaching collaborations in criminal law, occupational psychology, healthy ageing, food sciences and – more recently – in green chemistry, imaging and neurosciences. 2021 the two universities have signed a partnership plan for a strategic alliance.
Strategic Partnership with University of Queensland

Univerzita Karlova, Czech Republic

UZH and Univerzita Karlova in Prague have entertained a strategic partnership since 2017. Several bilateral research projects in the fields of medicine, German studies and musicology were jointly funded.
Strategic Partnership with Univerzita Karlova

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Susie Dappen
Senior Project Manager Global Networks


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Funding Opportunities With Partner Universities

The UZH Global Strategy and Partnerships Funding Scheme supports UZH faculties, departments and professional service units in pursuing joint collaboration initiatives with specific partner universities of UZH.