With its 26,000 enrolled students, the University of Zurich (UZH) is Switzerland's largest university. Founded in 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.
UZH consists of seven faculties: Theology; Law; Business, Economics and Informatics; Medicine; Veterinary Medicine; Arts and Social Sciences and Sciences. Covering some 100 different subject areas, the University offers the widest spectrum of Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in Switzerland as well as outstanding PhD programs and excellent learning opportunities.
UZH belongs to Europe's leading research institutions and is an active member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). The University attracts the brightest minds, and its outstanding research priority programs and centers of competence enhance the University’s visibility. Of the 8,800 employees, 650 are professors and 5,500 other researchers. Thus, numerous distinctions highlight the University's international renown in the fields of medicine, immunology, genetics, neuroscience and structural biology as well as in economics.
In the 2016 Shanghai Rankings, UZH placed 54th in the world and 9th in continental Europe. In life sciences, UZH is number one in continental Europe, 3rd in medicine, and 6th in business and economics.
The University welcomes staff and students from all over the world. 55% of all professors, 42% of all PhD and 19% of all students at UZH are international. And, UZH maintains partnerships in research, in teaching, and in student exchange programs with over 500 institutions in 100 countries.
UZH joined Universitas 21 in 2017 and are committed to further enhancing its international networks, to work closely and actively with the other U21 members in the fields of teaching and research.