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Global Affairs

Global University of Zurich


The University of Zurich is one of the leading universities in the German-speaking world and is internationally renowned for its excellence in research and teaching. As a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), Una Europa and Universitas 21 (U21), UZH is part of a dynamic worldwide network and belongs to Europe’s most respected research institutions.

With its global vision, UZH is dedicated to further strengthen meaningful engagement in education, research and innovation with partners around the world. A global outlook, openness and dialogue with the wider public at regional, national and international level is a key element of UZH’s activities, which is also reflected in UZH’s Global Strategy 2022 – 2030 (PDF, 929 KB). The University is a signatory of the Magna Charta Universitatum and fully committed to the ambitions and values of the European Higher Education and Research Area.

Global Excellence

Numerous distinctions highlight UZH's international renown for instance in the fields of medicine, immunology, genetics, neuroscience, structural biology or economics. Throughout UZH's history, outstanding researchers at UZH have been transforming the world with their ground-breaking discoveries. From Erwin Schrödinger’s revolution of physics to Paul Karrer’s seminal work on the chemical structure of vitamins to Rolf Zinkernagel’s discovery of how the human body recognizes virus-infected cells, the work of our pioneering scholars has been recognized with no less than twelve Nobel Prizes and one Fields Medal.

The work of UZH's pioneering scholars has been recognized with no less than twelve Nobel Prizes.

UZH is consistently ranked amongst the top 100 institutions of higher education internationally. More than 20 of UZH’s researchers are listed among the most highly cited researchers worldwide, covering fields such as physics, plant sciences, clinical medicine, immunology, epidemiology and public health, environmental and ecological sciences, biology and biochemistry, economics, neuro- and behavioural sciences and psychology.

Global Community

Global diversity is a key factor for success. UZH embraces a diverse and culturally rich environment to foster creative outputs, interesting debates, and an inspiring learning, research and working environment. More than half of our researchers have an international background, 45% of our PhD candidates and over 20% of our Master students. We are home to students and staff from over 120 countries.

UZH actively encourages and supports its students and staff to be mobile and experience other contexts. About 70% of our “student and staff mobility” takes place within Europe, about 30% travel to or from other countries all around the world. Within Europe we have more than 60 partner institutions for student and staff exchange, and over 50 bilateral mobility agreements with universities worldwide. As an institution we collaborate with more than 500 institutions around the globe.

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Katja Durkin
Head Global Affairs

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