University of Zurich

University of Zurich

The University of Zurich (UZH)

With its 26,000 enrolled students, the University of Zurich (UZH) is Switzerland's largest university. Founded in the year 1833, UZH was Europe's first university to be established by a democratic political system; today, UZH is one of the foremost universities in the German-speaking world. Made up of seven faculties covering some 100 different subject areas, the University offers a wide variety of Bachelor's, Master's and PhD programs. In addition, UZH's continuing education programs offer excellent learning opportunities.


UZH achieved an excellent overall rank of 61 worldwide and even came in 18th among European universities.  In Switzerland, only two higher education institutions achieved higher rankings (ETH Zurich at 25, and EPFL at 40), and UZH is Switzerland’s best-ranked comprehensive university, ahead of the University of Geneva, which was ranked 88th.

UZH has moved up the rankings significantly in the social sciences (+26, from 88th to 62nd), and was able to improve its high position slightly in the business & economics ranking (from 43rd to 42nd). In the law ranking, too, UZH climbed seven positions, from 91st to 84th. The only drop came in education, where it fell 12 places from 80th to 92nd.


Faculty of Theology

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics

Faculty of Medicine

Vetsuisse Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Faculty of Science

Medical Research

There is close collaboration between researchers at the University of Zurich and the University’s hospitals in all areas of biomedical research. A range of joint projects and interdisciplinary cooperations is in place to enable the University to systematically help translate basic research findings into clinical practice.
Clinical Research Priority Programs

The Faculty of Medicine’s Clinical Research Priority Programs (CRPPs) are primarily designed to promote areas of clinical research with the aim of better understanding the causes of disease, and developing innovative treatments.
University Research Priority Programs and NCCRs
The University Research Priority Programs (URPP) and National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCRs) are designed to strengthen and connect selected areas of science and research. The University is committed to long-term support in the following areas of medical research:
URPP Translational Cancer Research 
URPP Integrative Human Physiology 
URPP Systems Biology / Functional Genomics 
URPP Dynamics of Healthy Aging 
NCCR Kidney.CH

Personalized medicine

Activities in personalized medicine aim at developing individual medical interventions in order to improve the quality and efficiency of medical prevention and treatment.

Hochschulmedizin Zürich

Hochschulmedizin Zürich (HMZ) is an umbrella organization created by the University of Zurich, the University’s hospitals, and ETH Zurich to coordinate research on the interface between basic medical research, the natural sciences, technology, clinical research, and health care.

Wyss Zurich Translational Center

The Wyss Zurich Translational Center is a joint venture between the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, with labs for researchers working on projects in the emerging fields of regenerative medicine and robotics technology. The aim is to facilitate the efficient translation of research in these areas into new forms of medical therapy, and innovative products.

Strategy for Highly Specialized Medicine

The government of Canton Zurich has formulated a Strategy for Highly Specialized Medicine (HSM) to promote selected projects at UZH and its hospitals working for excellence in research and health care.

Centers of Competence

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