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  • Unlocking Plant Mysteries: UZH Global Funding Scheme Facilitates Breakthrough Plant Research

    In an ongoing project funded by the UZH Global Strategy and Partnership Funding Scheme, an international team of researchers from UZH, in partnership with Kyoto University and the University of Tokyo, has pioneered a method to show how plants respond to changes in their environments.

  • Photo of Professor Huang, Representative of the Delegation culturally et économique de Taipei in Bern, and Professor Katharina Michaelowa, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

    UZH Renews Memorandum of Understanding on the "Taiwan Studies Project"

    Representatives of the Délégation culturelle et économique de Taipei in Bern visited UZH to renew a Memorandum of Understanding.

  • UZH Welcomes Leading Research Universities at U21 Researcher Engagement Meeting

    The University of Zurich (UZH) is hosting the first-ever U21 Researcher Engagement Meeting. This event provides a forum for UZH and the Universitas 21 (U21) network, an international network of research-intensive universities, to refine strategies and enhance research collaboration impact.

  • Photo of UZH President Michael Schaepman and Ambassador Iryna Venediktova

    Japan Lecture Series: Princess Akiko of Mikasa Explores Art and Art Education

    What is it like to be a member of the Japanese imperial household and a scholar in art history at the same time? Her Imperial Highness Princess Akiko of Mikasa spoke about this question as well as her research focus on reproduction of mural wall paintings with Buddhist icons during the latest edition of the Japan Lecture Series, organized by the Europe Institute at the University of Zurich and the Swiss-Japanese Society.

  • UZH and University of Glasgow Symposium: Advancing Organoid Research

    UZH and the University of Glasgow jointly hosted a symposium in synthetic biology.

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    UZH Welcomes Chilean Ambassador to Kawésqar Cultural Exhibition in Zurich

    Chilean Ambassador to Switzerland, Frank Tressler, and a delegation of the Kawésqar people attended the Official Ceremony of the "Ko Aswál – The Next Day" exhibition at the Ethnographic Museum of UZH.

  • Photo of UZH President Michael Schaepman and Ambassador Elizabeth Louisa Day

    UZH and Australia: Strengthening Ties in Research and Education

    The Australian Ambassador to Switzerland, Elizabeth Louisa Day, met with UZH President Michael Schaepman. Australian universities belong to the most important research and education partners of UZH.

  • Photo of UZH President Michael Schaepman and Ambassador Iryna Venediktova

    Ukrainian Ambassador to Switzerland Visits UZH

    UZH President Michael Schaepman met with Her Excellency Iryna Venediktova, Ambassador of Ukraine to Switzerland. Since Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, UZH has been providing support for war-affected researchers and students.

  • Front view of Universitas Gadjah Mada by night

    Indonesian Universitas Gadjah Mada joins U21 network

    The international university network Universitas 21 is growing: Universitas Gadjah Mada, one of the leading research-focused universities in Indonesia, becomes a member as of 1 August 2023.

  • UZH and UniGE Unite for Swiss Leadership & Diversity Summit

    UZH and UniGE recently held a collaborative "Swiss Leadership & Diversity" summit at UZH. Bringing together scholars and practitioners from various fields, the two-day event aimed to explore the interaction of diversity and leadership.

  • New Human Rights Double Master’s Degree with Strasburg University

    UZH’s Faculty of Law has partnered with France's prestigious Université de Strasbourg to offer a comprehensive, English-taught, Double Degree Master's program with a strong focus on human rights. 

  • UZH Welcomes a Delegation of the Royal Thai Embassy in Switzerland

    Christian Schwarzenegger, Vice President Faculty Affairs and Scientific Information, and further UZH representatives met with His Excellency Mr. Chittipat Tongprasroeth, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Switzerland.

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    UZH Researcher Ning Wang at WEF’s "Summer Davos" Meeting in China

    Ning Wang, ethicist and political scientist at UZH's Digital Society Initiative, has participated in the World Economic Forum's (WEF) “14th Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2023” in China.

  • UZH Alumni Network Expands: Vancouver Chapter Launches

    UZH Alumni Vancouver Chapter has officially launched, marking an exciting milestone in the global network of UZH alumni. 

  • START! Study: End-of-Term Gathering for UZH’s Refugee Integration Program

    Participants of the “START! Study – University Integration Program at UZH” have gathered to celebrate the successful completion of the academic year 2022/2023. The program is designed to facilitate a smooth transition for refugees into Swiss higher education. 


  • Healthy Aging – Visiting Fellow from the University of Queensland Offers Interesting Perspective

    Professor Nancy Pachana is a visiting fellow from the University of Queensland (UQ), an important strategic partner of the University of Zurich. During her stay at the University of Zurich, she was based at the Healthy Aging Longevity Center (UCL), where she offered her expertise and perspective on Healthy Aging.

  • UZH Welcomes Delegation from Antai College of Economics and Management

    Representatives of the Antai College of Economics and Management of Shanghai Jiao Tong University visited UZH, exploring possible pathways of future collaborations.

  • Inaugural Visit of Chinese Consul General to UZH

    The newly appointed Chinese Consul General to Zurich and Liechtenstein, Ms. Chen Yun, met with UZH President Michael Schaepman to discuss existing and potential future collaborations between universities in the People’s Republic of China and UZH.

  • UZH and ETH Meet with the Japanese Ambassador for a Trilateral Exchange

    The Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland, Yoshinori Fujiyama, paid a visit to Zurich’s university hub. The trilateral meeting with UZH President, Michael Schaepman, and his counterpart from ETH, Joël Mesot, reflects the growing ties in education, research, and innovation between the two largest Swiss universities and Japanese research institutions.

  • Una Europa Discoveries: Insights and Achievements from the General Assembly in Leiden

    From 6 – 9 June 2023, the Una Europa family gathered at Universiteit Leiden for the alliance’s bi-annual General Assembly, this time themed “Una Europa Discoveries”. Many UZH colleagues participated in the various working meetings and networking events.

  • Open Call: Radically New Solutions for a More Sustainable Urban Future

    Swissnex in San Francisco, in celebration of their 20th anniversary, invites forward-thinking individuals in the fields of food, energy, and physical and digital cities from the UZH research community are invited to submit their projects for a program taking place from 7 to 9 November 2023, in San Francisco.

  • One year of Una Europa Membership

    One Year of Una Europa Membership – A Glance at What Has Been Done So Far

    This month, the university of Zurich celebrates its one-year anniversary of joining the University Alliance Una Europa. In this context, the Una Europa Community at the University of Zurich (“CommUNAty”) came together to look back on this first year of membership.

  • UZH Launches Pioneering One Health Institute in Europe

    Researchers from UZH, specializing in veterinary medicine, human medicine, and the natural sciences, have come together to establish Europe's inaugural university-based One Health Institute. Their collective mission is to explore the intricate connections between human, animal, and environmental health.

  • Foreign Minister of Iceland Visits UZH

    Icelandic Foreign Minister Thórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörd Gylfadóttir recently visited the University of Zurich (UZH) for a bilateral exchange with Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis and other Swiss representatives. UZH, known as the birthplace of the "Council of Europe" and Winston Churchill's historic Zurich Speech, was chosen as the ideal meeting location.

  • Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin during his visit at the Swiss Korean Innovation Week

    UZH Participates in Swiss-Korean Innovation Week

    UZH presented pioneering projects in digital conservation and blockchain technologies at this year's Swiss-Korean Innovation Week in Seoul. 

  • UZH Hosts Conference to Promote Anticipatory Science Diplomacy

    The University of Zurich (UZH) recently hosted the Swiss Anticipation Day of the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA), emphasizing the significance of anticipatory science and diplomacy in creating sustainable solutions to global challenges. 

  • Group picture of the delegation of Israeli academic leaders

    Enabling Leadership in Academia

    Higher Education Institutions in Switzerland and around the globe are facing considerable societal, technological, and political challenges. UZH welcomed a delegation of academic leaders from Israel to discuss possible solutions to these challenges, foster collaboration, and facilitate knowledge sharing. 

  • Advancing International Collaboration: UZH and KU Leuven Announce Strategic Partnership

    UZH and KU Leuven have expanded their existing partnership. The two universities signed a strategic partnership agreement on 13 May 2023 to further deepen their collaboration on all levels. 

  • Europe’s Top Research Universities Gather at UZH

    Europe's leading research universities have united at UZH for the Rectors' Assembly of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), fostering partnerships and tackling critical issues in European research.

  • SDG Awards Recognize Academic Contributions to Sustainable Development Goals

    The UZH Faculty of Business, Economics, and Informatics, for the second time, celebrated outstanding scholarly achievements at the Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral levels that contribute to advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • UZH Global Affairs Visit to Swiss Embassy in Australia

    UZH Strengthens Partnerships with Australian Institutions and Stakeholders during Sydney Visit

    UZH Global Affairs recently visited Sydney to reconnect with alumni, partners, exchange students, and Swiss stakeholders, marking the first visit in almost four years. 

  • UZH President welcomed Ambassador Keum from the Korean Embassy at UZH

    UZH and Korea Discuss Deepening Collaboration

    This year marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Republic of Korea. UZH welcomed Ambassador Chang Rok Keum on its premises to explore the potential for deepening the existing collaboration between UZH and Korea.

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    Ning Wang and Adrian Künzler Nominated as Members of WEF Global Future Councils

    UZH proudly announces the nomination of Ning Wang and Adrian Künzler as members of World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Future Councils. This prestigious recognition highlights their expertise and contributions to their respective fields. 

  • Connecting UZH and the World in Education, Research and Innovation

    UZH and Swissnex have signed a new mandate agreement that will shape their collaboration in promoting education, research, and innovation worldwide, while fostering international exchange and networks.

  • "Let's Continue to Stand Together for Democracy"

    On his inaugural visit to UZH, US Ambassador Scott C. Miller highlighted the shared values of Switzerland and the USA as sister republics as well as the importance of the longstanding relationship in international politics, academia and beyond.

  • UZH and University of Geneva Researchers Present a Call to Action for Health Data Management in Crises

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed weaknesses in the healthcare system, particularly in the use of data for decision-making. To prepare for future crises, a joint research team from UZH and the University of Geneva presented an innovative health data management approach to members of the Swiss Parliament.

  • Zurich-Tokyo Science Evening – The Future of Law in the Age of AI and Digital Platforms

    Can AI be safely used in medicine? How do we ensure intellectual property rights when using AI? UZH researchers discussed pressing questions with Japanese academic leaders, scientists, and policymakers at the Swiss embassy in Tokyo mid-March.

  • Kyoto University and UZH Strengthen Their Strategic Partnership

    What can artificial intelligence contribute to improve medical diagnoses? This was one of the topics of the joint symposium of UZH and Kyoto University, which ended successfully yesterday.

  • Fostering Exchange on Digitalization: Indian Journalists and Academic Policy Makers Visit UZH

    Digital governance, digital self-determination and digital health: Indian media representatives and academic policy makers visited UZH to learn more about UZH's Digital Society Initiative.

  • South Korean media delegation visits UZH

    On the occasion of 60 years of Swiss-Korean bilateral relations, a group of South-Korean journalists visited UZH. They gained an insight into the multifaceted research of the largest university in Switzerland.

  • UZH integral part of new vision for transnational university collaboration

    The European Higher Education sector is moving towards an unprecedented transnational university collaboration as a Europe-wide consortium of six university alliances has secured the European Commission’s support for the European Degree label. As a member of Una Europa, the University of Zurich is an integral part of it.

  • UZH hosts EU delegation

    UZH welcomed ambassadors and representatives from EU embassies to Switzerland on its premises. The EU delegation held its regular meeting and later met with UZH President Michael Schaepman and Zurich’s Minister of Education, Silvia Steiner.

  • Exploring further opportunities for collaboration with the University of Tokyo

    UZH has longstanding relationships with universities in Japan. It was therefore an honor to welcome Prof. Teruo Fuji, President of the University of Tokyo, and members of his staff to UZH at the end of January to explore opportunities for a deeper collaboration with the University of Tokyo.

  • Prestigious SNSF Sinergia grant for scientists from UZH and the University of Queensland

    Professor Abraham Bernstein and partners from UZH and the University of Queensland have received a Sinergia grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) totaling 2,4 million Swiss Francs for their interdisciplinary project. 

  • UZH PhD candidate among winners of U21 Three Minutes Thesis Global Competition

    Exciting news for the University of Zurich, as Emilio Dal Re – PhD candidate in economics – achieves global visibility as "Highly Commended" prize winner of the Universitas 21 Three Minutes Thesis Global Competition.

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    U21 Senior Leaders gather at UZH for informal exchange

    Senior Leaders and the Management team of the global network Universitas 21 gathered at the University of Zurich for an informal Get-Together to discuss the future of Higher Ed.

  • CH Israel

    SNSF strengthens partnership with Israeli funding organisation

    SNSF and the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) signed a joint memorandum of understanding (MoU). The agreement marks the start of a long-term cooperation between the two funding organizations.

  • Switching Perspectives: Intercultural Communication and (Digital) Cross-Cultural Collaboration

    Full scholarships available for online courses of Freie Universität Berlin

    Freie Universität Berlin offers scholarships for their Continuing Education Program in Fall 2022.

  • GS 2030

    Swissnex visits UZH's NCCR Evolving Language

    Earlier this month we had the opportunity to help facilitate the visit of a delegation from Swissnex at UZH's NCCR Evolving Language.

  • GS 2030

    "International Relations Office" becomes "Global Affairs"

    To reflect the aspiration of UZH’s global vision, the former “International Relations Office” is changing its name to “Global Affairs”.

  • ESOF 2022

    EuroScience Open Forum 2022

    This year the city of Leiden (Netherlands) as European City of Science will host the 10th edition of the EuroScience Open Forum.

  • Monument to Alexander von Humboldt in front of the main building of HU Berlin

    Call for Proposals 2021: Joint Seed Money Funding of University of Zurich – Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

    With the goal of facilitating cooperation in the framework of their strategic partnership, University of Zurich (UZH) and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) have established a joint seed money funding scheme.

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    Strategic Partnerships: Governance Meeting with Freie Universität Berlin

    On 1 September 2021, the Presidents and VPs of Freie Universität Berlin (FU) and University of Zurich (UZH) as well as researchers and staff of both universities met in Berlin. 

  • DIZH Innovation Program

    First Project Call of the DIZH Innovation Program

    The Digitalisation Initiative of the Canton of Zurich (DIZH) aims to strengthen the competitiveness of the Canton of Zurich as a location for research and development. 

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    Call for Applications: UZH Digital Society Initiative Excellence Program

    The Digital Society Initiative (DSI) starts the second round of its Excellence Program at the University of Zurich in the fall semester 2021. PhD candidates from around the world are invited to apply.

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    Call for applications: Joint Seed Money Funding UZH – UNIGE

    Since mid-December 2017 the University of Zurich and the University of Geneva are officially strategic partners. In this context, a Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Teaching between the University of Zurich and the University of Geneva is launched once a year with funding of up to CHF 60'000 per project.

  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

    Call for Proposals 2020: Joint Seed Money Funding of University of Zurich – Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

    With the goal of facilitating cooperation in the framework of their strategic partnership, University of Zurich (UZH) and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) have established a joint seed money funding scheme.

  • Dr. Christian Simm

    Christian Simm joins UZH as the new Head of the International Relations Office

    In August Christian Simm, the founder of the Swiss swissnex network in the United States, took over as the Head of the International Relations Office. In this interview he explains why he believes UZH could be doing a lot to gain greater international influence and recognition.

  • Kyoto

    The University of Zurich and Kyoto University are entering into a strategic partnership

    The University of Zurich and Kyoto University are entering into a strategic partnership. Japan’s second-oldest university and UZH are stepping up their cooperation in research and teaching and increasing efforts to support junior academics.

  • Participants

    Education without Borders – UZH International Summer Schools

    The UZH International Summer Schools for Bachelor’s and Master’s students from around the world are taking place for the third time. This year they are taking place entirely online. Students from 54 different universities will learn about Switzerland, blockchain and more.

  • Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

    The University of Zurich and Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

    Joining Forces: The University of Zurich and Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin are entering into a strategic partnership. This will enable Zurich and Berlin to step up cooperation in medical research and teaching. The first joint priority area is digitalization in medicine.

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