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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 Ambassador Day and UZH President Schaepman
UZH President Michael Schaepman and Ambassador Elizabeth Louisa Day

Lively researcher engagement and student mobility

Despite the pandemic, the links between UZH and Australian institutions have grown stronger over the last years, with collaborations in diverse fields such as biodiversity, neuroscience, law or longevity and healthy ageing. Between 2017 and 2022, UZH researchers co-published over 3,200 articles with Australian researchers.

As a strategic partner and member of the global university network Universitas 21 (U21), the University of Queensland maintains the highest number of research collaborations with UZH, followed by the University of Melbourne, University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, all of which are also members of U21.

Moreover, Australia has been one of the most popular destinations for students at UZH. Almost 100 UZH students attended courses at Australian universities as part of an exchange semester or year between 2017 and 2022. During the same time, UZH counted over 200 Australian exchange students and attendees of the UZH International Summer Schools.

Photo of a student giving a campus tour to Ambassador Day
Samira Zehtabchi, UZH student and Katja Durkin, Head of Global Affairs at UZH gave the Ambassador a tour through the historic main building of UZH

The University of Queensland – a strategic partner and member of Universitas 21

In February 2021, UZH signed a strategic alliance agreement with the prestigious University of Queensland. Since then, the two partners have strengthened joint research in various fields, including criminal law, healthy ageing, plant science and psychology. As active members of the global network Universitas 21 (U21), UZH and the University of Queensland also encourage the bilateral exchange of visiting professors and the delivery of joint workshops, seminars, and lectures. Furthermore, the two universities strive to create joint expertise and engagement that contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UZH Global Strategy and Partnerships Funding Scheme

Some of the joint research initiatives of UZH and the University of Queensland are supported by the UZH Global Strategy and Partnerships Funding Scheme. The funding scheme is open to joint initiatives with specific UZH partner universities. It supports faculties, departments and professional service units in pursuing activities that strengthen the impact of the global UZH network in line with the UZH Global Strategy.

Learn more about the links between UZH and Australian universities as well as UZH and its global partnerships below.

Viviane Gao