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Zurich University of Applied Sciences - ZHAW

ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften

Part of Zürcher Fachhochschule
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Type Public University
Established 2007 (1874) [1]
President Prof. Dr. Jean-Marc Piveteau
Administrative staff
Students 10660[2]
Location Winterthur, Zurich and Wädenswil (Schloss Au and Au Peninsula), Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
Campus Urban
Website www.zhaw.ch

The Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW; German: Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften) located in the city of Winterthur, with facilities in Zurich and Wädenswil,[3] is one of the largest University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland and is part of the Zürcher Fachhochschule.[4]

Currently, the university has eight schools, covering architecture and civil engineering, health, linguistics, life sciences and facility management, applied psychology, social work, engineering and management and law.[5]


The Zurich University of Applied Sciences was founded in September 2007, when the previously independent institutions Zurich University of Applied Sciences Winterthur, University of Applied Sciences Wädenswil, the School of Social Work and the School of Applied Psychology in Zurich merged.[6] The former Zurich University of Applied Sciences Winterthur was itself made up out of schools with long histories: the Technikum Winterthur was founded in 1874 as Switzerland's largest engineering school, and the Höhere Wirtschafts- und Verwaltungsschule was established in 1968.[7] Both schools were the first of their kind in Switzerland.


A total of 26 Bachelor and 10 consecutive Master degree programmes are currently offered.[8] The general language of courses is German (Hochdeutsch). Notably all lectures at the School of Management and Law's bachelor programme in International Management are held in English, as are courses for exchange students. Generally, there is an increasing use of English observed in many other programmes.

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  • School of Applied Psychology offers a bachelor's degree and master's degree in applied psychology
  • School of Architecture, Design, and Civil Engineering offers a bachelor's degree and master's degree in architecture and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering.
  • School of Engineering offers a master's degree in engineering and bachelor's degree in aviation, computer science, electrical engineering, engineering and management with specialisations in industrial engineering and business mathematics, enterprise computing, mechanical design and engineering, mechanical engineering informatics, materials and process engineering, systems engineering / mechatronics and transportation systems.
  • School of Health Professions offers a master's degree in nursing and physiotherapy. a bachelor's degree in midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.
  • School of Life Sciences and Facility Management offers master's degrees in in facility management and life sciences. Bachelor's degrees are offered in biotechnology, chemistry, food technology, environmental engineering and facility management.
School of Management and Law, Winterthur
  • School of Management and Law offers master's degrees in banking & finance, business administration, law in cooperation with foreign universities, public and nonprofit management, business information technology. It also offers bachelor's degrees in business administration, business information technology, business law, and international management.
  • School of Social Work offers both a bachelor's and master's degree in scial work.

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Coordinates: 47°29′49″N 8°43′48″E / 47.49694°N 8.73000°E / 47.49694; 8.73000