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Global Affairs

Societal Responsibility

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The University of Zurich is committed to active engagement with the wider community and supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals through its research, teaching and daily operations. UZH aims to reduce global inequality and addresses global challenges by engaging in the following international networks and university-wide programs.

United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI)

UNAI is a United Nations (UN) initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the UN in supporting and contributing to the realization of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The University of Zurich has been selected to serve as a UNAI Hub for SDG-13 Climate Action from 2018–2021.

University Global Coalition

The idea behind the University Global Coalition is to form a global platform of universities and other higher education organizations committed to working together with the United Nations, SDSN and other relevant organizations. This coalition aims to support the Sustainable Development Goals both locally and globally through education, research and service missions.

Scholars at Risk

UZH is a member of the Scholars at Risk organization. This international network of universities safeguards academic freedom and protects researchers who are under threat. UZH is also a member of the Scholars at Risk Switzerland Section.

Scholars at Risk at UZH
Website Scholars at Risk Network
Scholars at Risk Switzerland Section

Explore – Academic Orientation Program for Refugees at UZH 

Explore - Academic Orientation Program for Refugees at UZH» is a semi-intensive program at the University of Zurich (UZH) and is aimed at qualified refugees who want to improve their German language skills at an academic level and get to know the content and demands of studying in Switzerland. Participants attend German courses, academic modules and various information events on higher education opportunities at UZH for at least one semester.

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Chantal Marquart

Project Manager Global Welcome