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UZH hosts the Indian Ambassador to discuss research and education partnerships

To discuss initiatives strengthening collaborations in research, innovation and education with Indian partners, UZH welcomed Mridul Kumar, the Indian Ambassador to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein. The visit underlines the good relations between India and Switzerland in the field of science and technology, which are also supported by a formal agreement signed in 2003.

The Indian Ambassador met with UZH President Michael Schaepman, Adrian Egli, Director of the Institute of Medical Microbiology, Jan Fehr, Head of Department of Public and Global Health, Angelika Malinar, Professor of Indian Studies, and Raphael Kunz, Deputy Head of Global Affairs. The discussions centered on both existing collaborations and the exploration of potential future partnerships.

UZH maintains numerous partnerships with Indian counterparts, for example with the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Savitribai Phule Pune University, and Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Collaborations encompass diverse research areas, including epidemiology, AMR, functional genomics, blockchain, plant science, political science and many more.

UZH in Indo-Swiss Initiatives

One notable initiative facilitating Indo-Swiss cooperation is Swissnex in India. Swissnex is the Swiss global network for education, research and innovation, and has had a presence in Bangalore since 2010 to support the connection between stakeholders from Switzerland and India. In collaboration with Swissnex, UZH has participated or initiated various collaborative projects, contributing to the advancement of research and innovation.

Collaborative projects between UZH and Swissnex include the Indo-Swiss AMR Innovation Dialogue. This event took place in Bengaluru in October 2023 and provided a platform for experts from both countries to exchange ideas and strategies in combating antimicrobial resistance, a global health challenge of increasing concern. Another cooperation is the "Triggered by Motion” exhibition currently showcased in the Science Gallery Bengaluru, which explores the intersection of art, technology, and neuroscience.

Tiffany Merz-Cheok