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University of Zurich
Universität Zürich
University of Zurich seal.svg
Latin: Universitas Turicensis
Established 1833 (1525)
Type Public university
Budget 1,278 milion Swiss francs[1]
President Prof. Dr. Michael Hengartner
Academic staff
3,702 (Full-time equivalent)[1]
Administrative staff
2,051 (Full-time equivalent)[1]
Students 25,732[1]
Location 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
University of Zurich Logo.svg

The University of Zurich (UZH, German: Universität Zürich), located in the city of Zürich, is the largest university in Switzerland,[2] with over 26,000 students.[3][4] It was founded in 1833[5] from the existing colleges of theology, law, medicine and a new faculty of philosophy.

Currently, the university has 7 faculties: Philosophy, Human Medicine, Economic Sciences, Law, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Theology and Veterinary Medicine. The university offers the widest range of subjects and courses than any other Swiss higher education institution.[6]


The University of Zurich was founded on April 29, 1833,[7] when the existing colleges of theology, the Carolinum 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 second-oldest such faculty in the world. In 1914, the university moved to new premises designed by the architect Karl Moser on Rämistrasse 71.[8]


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.[9] In 1962, the faculty of science proposed to establish the Irchelpark campus on the Strickhofareal. The first stage the construction of the university buildings was begun in 1973, and the campus was inaugurated in 1979.[10][11] The construction of the second stage lasted from 1978 to 1983.[11] The campus also houses the anthropological museum Anthropologisches Museum,[12] and the cantonal Staatsarchiv Zürich.[13]


The Institute and Museum for the History of Medicine is part of the university.[14]



Main building by Karl Moser as seen from the south
Atrium Central
Irchel Campus, newer and more remotely located buildings of the University of Zurich
Statue at the entrance

The University of Zurich as a whole also ranks in the top ten of Europe and in the top fifty worldwide[citation needed] 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).[citation needed]Their faculty of chiropractic medicine is six years.[15]


53rd globally and 12th in Europe.
61st globally and 14th in Europe.
106th globally.
  • Professional Ranking of World Universities[18] (Based on the number of alumni listed among CEOs in the 500 largest worldwide companies.)
32nd globally and 10th in Europe.
52nd globally and 1st in Switzerland.

According to Handelsblatt, the Department of Economics was ranked first (in 2009?) in the German-speaking area[20] and in 2009 the faculty of Business Administration was ranked third in the German-speaking area.[21]

Language policy[edit]

Bachelor courses are taught in Swiss 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[edit]

Student life[edit]

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

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

Politics, law and society[edit]

Economics, business and management[edit]


Nobel Prize laureates[edit]

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[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Gull, Thomas; Nickl, Roger; Siegfried, Carol, eds. (2013). "Facts and Figures 2012" (PDF). The Executive Board of the University of Zurich. 
  2. ^ "University of Zurich". 
  3. ^ "Profile: UZH in Numbers". University of Zurich. 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "University of Zurich, Switzerland". 
  5. ^ "University of Zurich". 
  6. ^ "Profile: At a glance". University of Zurich. 2008. Retrieved April 26, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Dies academicus". University of Zurich. August 5, 2009. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  8. ^ . University Zurich hosts several nobel price winners, such as Alber Einstein, Röntgen, etc. Ganz, Michael T.; Stucki, Heinzpeter (2008), History in brief, University of Zurich, retrieved January 31, 2010 
  9. ^ Stadt Zürich (Map). 1:1000. University of Zurich. April 4, 2006. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Irchelpark" (in German). Universität Zürich. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  11. ^ a b "Irchelpark" (in German). Grün Stadt Zürich. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  12. ^ "Anthropologisches Museum" (in German). Universität Zürich. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  13. ^ "Kleine Zürcher Verfassungsgeschichte 1218–2000" (in German). Staatsarchiv Zürich. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  14. ^ Website of the Institute and Museum for the History of Medicine, University of Zurich
  15. ^ Staff Writer. "Chiropractic medicine". University website. University of Zurich. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  16. ^ "THES – QS World University Rankings 2009 – top universities". Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  17. ^ QS World University Rankings - 2011. Top Universities (December 19, 2012). Retrieved on September 7, 2013.
  18. ^ "The 377 leading higher education institutions in 2009". International Professional Ranking of Higher Education Institutions. Mines ParisTech. 2008. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  19. ^ "URAP – University Ranking by Academic Performance". URAP. December 2014. Retrieved February 15, 2011. 
  20. ^
  21. ^ "Handelsblatt Ranking Betriebswirtschaftslehre 2009". Handelsblatt. Retrieved November 11, 2013. 

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