ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich

About 30,000 people from more than 120 countries study, carry out research and work at ETH Zurich.
FACTS ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY
Freedom and individual responsibility, entrepreneurial spirit and open-mindedness:
ETH Zurich stands on a bedrock of true Swiss values.
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WHERE THE FUTURE BEGINS
ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. ETH Is renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, ETH works together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
 
Outstanding results at every level are what make ETH Zurich one of the world’s leading universities. ETH has high expectations of their staff, but as a responsible employer ETH Zurich also offers excellent working conditions and provides support and encouragement for its employees – so they can produce top-class performances and pursue their personal career goals.
MAIN FOCUS AREAS
In order to cope with humanity’s major challenges, a combination of disciplinary approaches in multidisciplinary teams, or a multidisciplinary approach, is often necessary. This is why ETH Zurich concentrates on several main focus areas in addition to departmental activities. The research focuses on the needs of society – be that at a local, national or global level – and so makes a valuable contribution to politics, the economy and society.
 
Health and medicine
Ageing societies in industrialised countries require technological solutions for prevention, diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation. These solutions must be affordable and sustainable across generations. Similar solutions can and should be used to open up access to medical services for all. New medical approaches are being developed with the help of data science, digitalisation, and new technologies in engineering and the life sciences.
 
 
Data and information
Our society has been permeated by digitalisation, social networks, artificial intelligence and other IT-​based innovations. The consequences of these disruptions – for instance, changes in the working world, or issues surrounding security and privacy – are fundamental in nature and closely linked to technological developments.




Responsibility and Sustainability
The scope and complexity of the urgent challenges of our time require a holistic, interdisciplinary approach that calls for open cooperation between people who think and act critically. According to the ETH Act, teaching and research are guided by respect for human dignity, responsibility in the use of natural resources and the environment together with an evaluation of the consequences of technological applications. In order to live up to these principles, we integrate sustainability into our research activities and our daily actions.
Materials and Manufacturing
New sustainable, resource-​saving materials and production technologies are of great importance to the economy and the prosperity of Switzerland and around the world. Digitalisation is fundamentally transforming the landscape when it comes to material development, constructive design and manufacturing technologies, and the reuse and recycling of materials. These developments are leading to more flexibility, productivity and quality.
LEADING THE WAY SINCE 1855

Our university for science and technology dates back to the year 1855, when the founders of modern-day Switzerland created it as a centre of innovation and knowledge.

At ETH Zurich, students discover an ideal environment for independent thinking, researchers a climate which inspires top performance. Situated in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, ETH Zurich is pioneering effective solutions to the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

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