ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities for technology and the natural sciences. It is renowned for its excellent teaching, groundbreaking fundamental research and the direct transfer of new findings into practice. ETH Zurich offers an inspiring environment for researchers and pro- vides its students with a comprehensive education.

Founded in 1855, ETH Zurich today has over 18,000 students and doctoral students from 110 countries. About 500 professors currently teach and conduct research in the areas of engineering, architecture, mathematics, natural sciences, system-oriented sciences, and management and social sciences.

ETH Zurich regularly appears at the top of international rankings as one of the best universities in the world. A total of 21 Nobel laureates have studied, taught or conducted research at ETH Zurich, underlining its excellent reputation. Transferring its knowledge to industry and society is one of ETH Zurich‘s primary concerns. Its success in this regard is demonstrated by the 80 new patent applications each year and approximately 280 spinoff companies which have emerged from the university between 1996 and 2013. ETH Zurich helps to find long-term solutions to global challenges. Its research priorities include energy supply, risk management, the development of future cities, the world‘s food supply and human healthcare.