University of Zurich

The University of Zurich was founded in 1833, though its origins stretch back as far as 1525 and the days of protestant reformer Ulrich Zwingli.

Today the University enjoys international renown as a place of education and research. Two thousand lecturers in 140 special institutes provide the broadest range of subjects and courses available from any Swiss seat of higher education. With 24,000 students and 1,900 graduates every year, Zurich is also Switzerland's largest university. The University provides academic services, works with the private sector and considers itself part of a national and global network for the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge.

Zurich's international reputation is based on groundbreaking research, particularly in molecular biology, brain research and anthropology, and on the work of the University Hospital and Veterinary Hospital. The University's researchers, lecturers and students benefit from the infrastructure that Zurich provides as a center of teaching and research. Apart from its own institutions, the University offers its members access to archive collections, libraries and the facilities of the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), as well as to the city's private institutions. Nine museums and collections, covering subjects from anthropology to zoology, constitute yet another valuable academic resource.

Its best-performing faculties in terms of research quality are the Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Science, all of which rank in the top ten of Europe's universities. The University of Zurich as a whole also ranks in the top ten of Europe and in the top fifty worldwide. Notably in the fields of bioscience and finance, there is a close-knit collaboration between the University of Zurich and the ETH (Federal Institute for Technology, just across the road).


The Department of Economics is ranked first in the german-speaking area and the faculty of Business Administration is ranked third in the german-speaking area. In Europe the Department of Economics is ranked third , before Oxford University.

Notable faculty

  • Emil Theodor Kocher (Medicine 1909)
  • Max von Laue (Physics 1914)
  • Walther Hermann Nernst (Chemistry 1920)
  • Albert Hofmann (Chemistry 1929)
  • Karl Landsteiner (Medicine 1930)
  • Erwin Schrödinger (Physics 1933)
  • Peter Debye (Chemistry 1936)
  • Paul Karrer (Chemistry 1937)
  • Lavoslav Stjepan RuĹľiÄŤka (Chemistry 1939)
  • Henrik Carl Peter Dam (Medicine 1943)
  • Linus Pauling (Chemistry 1954; Peace 1962)
  • George Wald (Medicine 1967)
  • Hamilton O. Smith (Medicine 1978)
  • Karl Alex Müller (Physics 1987)
  • Eric F. Wieschaus (Medicine 1995)
  • Rolf M. Zinkernagel (Medicine 1996)

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