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UZH Deepens Collaboration with Sweden

UZH has long-standing relationships with several leading Swedish universities. On this occasion, UZH President Michael Schaepman welcomed Ambassador Carl Magnus Nesser to UZH.

  • Michael Schaepman and Swedish Ambassador Carl Magnus Nesser

    H.E. Ambassador Carl Magnus Nesser and UZH President Michael Schaepman next to the doctoral certificate of Nobel laureate Albert Einstein. The famous physicist obtained his doctorate from UZH in 1906.

  • Visit Swedish Ambassador Carl Magnus Nesser

    From left to right: Prof. Klaus Müller-Wille, Professor of Nordic Philology, Ms Eva Pakhomova, Intern at the Embassy of Sweden in Switzerland, Prof. Jan Seibert, Professor of Hydrology and Climate, H.E. Carl Magnus Nesser, Ambassador of Sweden to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein, UZH President Michael Schaepman, Dr. Karin Gilland Lutz, Deputy Head of the UZH Office for Gender Equality and Diversity and Prof. Amanda Dahlstrand, Assistant Professor of Economics

During his inaugural visit, the Ambassador met with various UZH researchers. The two delegations laid the foundation for future collaboration between UZH and Swedish institutions.

Advancing research and mobility together

UZH maintains numerous research collaborations with prominent Swedish institutions such as the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm University and the University of Uppsala, particularly in medicine. Furthermore, there are exceptionally strong ties with Lund University through the international university networks Universitas 21 (U21) and the League of European Research Universities (LERU).

Additionally, UZH has a large “Swedish community”, including currently 59 Swedish degree seeking students and 24 Swedish employees across the university as well as an ongoing lively student exchange.

Swiss-Swedish collaboration in research and innovation

UZH’s ties with Swedish institutions are partly connected to the historically strong collaboration between the two countries. For example, the two national innovation agencies, Innosuisse and Vinnova, have been running the “Swiss-Swedish Innovation Initiative (SWII)” since 2013, a long-term partnership program covering research and development in biotechnology, medical technology, digital solutions, and other fields.

Viviane Gao

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