In 2017, the University of Zurich became a member of the global Universitas 21 (U21) network. U21 consists of 25 research-intensive universities which have committed to a common aim: to adopt a global perspective on current issues, and to promote inter-university cooperation. Its activities cover the three areas of research, innovative teaching and academic career development, and studying.
UZH President Michael Hengartner believes that joining the U21 network, which was founded in Melbourne in 1997, is an important step towards implementing the UZH internationalization strategy. Within U21, members of the University have a wide variety of opportunities to participate in the network’s activities.
Initiatives from all of the three areas mentioned above are coordinated by the International Relations Office.
U21 Researcher Engagement
Research teams at all academic levels have the opportunity to discuss and learn from each other at numerous workshops and conferences, such as the Early Careers Researcher Workshop, and the Graduate Research Conference. There is also the Three Minute Thesis Competition, which challenges researchers to present their findings in clear and concise form for a non-specialist audience. UZH participated in the competition for the first time in 2017.
U21 Educational Innovation
Teaching-related activities include the annual Forum for International Networking in Education, as well as joint ventures to offer online seminars on global issues, such as the increasing urbanization of the planet.
U21 Student Experience
U21 Scholarships for Short Programs
UZH students participating in summer schools or other short programs offered by U21 universities can profit from scholarships.