UZH is a dynamic institution of higher learning with a broad international reach. In keeping with its global commitment, the University recruits outstanding researchers worldwide, fosters international cooperation in research and teaching, and promotes international student exchange.
The University of Zurich cooperates in research and teaching with over 330 institutions located in some 60 countries. It specifically seeks networking relationships with institutions of particular interest to UZH faculties, institutes, and departments. It also supports initiatives that, from the University’s strategic point of view, will create value for UZH, enhance its international exposure, and raise its networking potential.
Networking on an international scale helps strengthen the University’s global presence. With this in mind, the International Relations Office organizes and supports international networking initiatives in cooperation with UZH members and also with external partners. Aims focus on raising the recognition of the University both in the academic arena and beyond, while enhancing the attractiveness of Zurich as a destination at the same time.
Internationalization Strategy of the University of Zurich
Our internationalization strategy for the years 2014–2020 formulates the institutional goals for ensuring UZH's continued global presence in the areas of research and teaching, and for promoting UZH as a whole.
International Relations Commission
The International Relations Commission develops strategic priorities for the University's international policy and the action plan required to achieve the set goals.
Building strategic partnerships is one of the measures prioritized by the Executive Board of the University in the UZH internationalization strategy. Strategic partnerships with other comparable institutions lead not only to greater cooperation in research and teaching but also in administrative matters.
Bilateral Research Promotion Porgrams of the Swiss Government
The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) has developed programs to advance research collaboration with priority countries. SERI charges two Swiss universities with the implementation of each of the programs. The University of Zurich is Associate Leading House in the programs undertaken with China and Japan.
The Swiss Science Network Abroad
The University of Zurich cultivates regular contact with the Swiss Knowledge Network Abroad in order to strengthen Switzerland's standing as a place of scholarship.
UZH Staff Weeks
To encourage the exchange and networking between staff members of the University of Zurich and other European universities, the University of Zurich regularly organizes international UZH Staff Weeks.