International Relations Commission

A Common Understanding of Internationalization

The International Relations Commission was first convened in 2003 by the Extended Executive Board of the University, with the mission of strengthening the international standing of the University of Zurich. To this end, the Commission develops the internationalization policy’s strategic priorities and the corresponding plan of action. The Commission’s key policy tasks are as follows:

  • Clarify needs of the faculties
  • Ensure regular information exchange with the faculties
  • Develop strategic priorities in teaching, research, and mobility, and draft the corresponding action plan
  • Process incoming applications
  • Submit applications to the Executive Board of the University, particularly in reference to the establishment of strategic priorities and their corresponding actions. The Extended Executive Board of the University takes decisions on academic issues

Members of the Commission

The Commission is made up of representatives of the faculties and the bodies represented in the Extended Executive Board of the University and is presided over by the Vice President for Law and Economics. The International Relations Office acts as operational manager. 

Chairperson Prof. Dr. Christian Schwarzenegger
Representatives of the Faculties  
Faculty of Theology Prof. Dr. Konrad Schmid
Faculty of Law Prof. Dr. Andrea Büchler
Faculty of Economics, Business Administration
and Information Technology
Prof. Dr. David Seidl
Faculty of Medicine Prof. Dr. Olivier Devuyst
Vetsuisse Faculty Prof. Dr. Thorsten Buch
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Prof. Dr. Daniel Müller Nielaba
Faculty of Science Prof. Dr. Marta Manser
University Body Representatives  
Representative Privatedozents Prof. Dr. Stefanie Stadler Elmer
Representative Teaching and Research Assistants Ulrich Brandenburg
Representative Students Alexander Kneisel
Representative ATP Peter Plötz
Head of International Relations  
Head of International Relations Dr. Yasmine Inauen

The current term ends on 31 July 2021.

Internationalization Strategy

In 2013, the Commission developed an internationalization strategy that was approved by the Executive Board of the University on 28 November 2013, following deliberation by the faculties and the bodies represented in the Extended Executive Board of the University.

UZH Internationalization Strategy 2014-2010 (German only)

Mission Statement, International Relations Office

In 2006, the Commission drafted the mission statement of the International Relations Office.

Mission Statement, International Relations Office (PDF, 658 KB)