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University of Zürich

University of Zurich
Universität Zürich
Latin: Universitas Turicensis
Established 1833
Type Public University
Budget 1.183 bn Swiss francs (US$1.284 bn)
President Prof. Dr. Andreas Fischer
Academic staff 3353 (2009) (Full-time equivalent)[1]
Undergraduates 12,186 + licentiate students (2009)
Postgraduates 6,042 + licentiate students (2009) [2]

Zurich, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
47°22′29″N 8°32′54″E / 47.37472°N 8.54833°E / 47.37472; 8.54833Coordinates: 47°22′29″N 8°32′54″E / 47.37472°N 8.54833°E / 47.37472; 8.54833

Campus Urban
Affiliations LERU

The University of Zurich (UZH, German: Universität Zürich), located in the city of Zurich, is the largest university in Switzerland, with over 25,000 students.[3] It was founded in 1833 from the existing colleges of theology, law, medicine and a new faculty of philosophy.

Currently, the university has faculties of arts, economics, law, medicine, science, theology and veterinary medicine. The university claims to offer the widest range of subjects and courses at any Swiss higher education institution.[4]


The University of Zurich was founded on April 29, 1833,[5] when the existing colleges of theology (founded by Huldrych Zwingli in 1525), law and medicine were merged with a new faculty of Philosophy. It was the first university in Europe to be founded by the state rather than a monarch or church. The university allowed women to attend philosophy lectures from 1847, and admitted the first female doctoral student in 1866. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine was added in 1901, the oldest such faculty in the world. In 1914, the university moved to new premises designed by the architect Karl Moser on Rämistrasse 71.[6]

In automn 2012 started a massiv conflict around the dismissal of Prof. Dr. Christoph Mörgeli. On 1 November 2013 a television reveals that the university monitors the emails of its staff.


The university is scattered all over the city of Zurich. There are several libraries available for use by members of the university, including the ETH-library, and the Zurich Central Library, with over 5 million volumes.[7]


The Institute and Museum for the History of Medicine is part of the university.[8]



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).

Video of the Economics Faculty:


53rd globally and 12th in Europe.
61st globally and 14th in Europe.
106th globally.
  • Professional Ranking of World Universities[11] (Based on the number of alumni listed among CEOs in the 500 largest worldwide companies.)
32nd globally and 10th in Europe.
  • University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) 2010[12]
52nd globally and 1st in Switzerland.

According to Handelsblatt, the Department of Economics is ranked first in the German-speaking area[13] and the faculty of Business Administration is ranked third in the German-speaking area.[14]

Language policy

Bachelor courses are taught in Standard German ("Hochdeutsch"), but use of English is increasing in many faculties. All Master courses at the Faculty of Science are held in English. In some highly competitive and international programs, such as the Master of Science in Quantitative Finance, all lectures are held in English.

Notable fellows of the university

Student life

The university's Academic Sports Association (ASVZ) offers a wide range of sports facilities to students of the university.

Notable alumni and faculty

Politics, law and society

Economics, business and management


  • Max Holzmann, Swiss cardiologist

Nobel Prize laureates

Year Field Laureate
1901 Physics Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen
1902 Literature Theodor Mommsen
1913 Chemistry Alfred Werner
1914 Physics Max von Laue
1921 Physics Albert Einstein
1933 Physics Erwin Schrödinger
1936 Chemistry Peter Debye
1937 Chemistry Paul Karrer
1939 Chemistry Lavoslav Ružička
1949 Medicine Walter Rudolf Hess
1987 Physics Karl Alex Müller
1996 Medicine Rolf M. Zinkernagel

Associated institutions

Notes and references

See also

  • List of largest universities by enrollment in Switzerland
  • List of modern universities in Europe (1801–1945)

External links

  • Information for prospective students
  • Official homepage (German)
  • Official homepage in English
  • About the university (in German)
  • About the University (in English)
  • Union of students' associations of the University of Zurich
  • The Ranking Forum of Swiss Universities

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