Founded in 1855, ETH Zurich is a science and technology university with an outstanding research record.
ETH Zurich is the study, research and work place of 20,000 people from 80 nations (25% of which are women). About 4000 professors in 16 departments teach about 16,000 students (3,500 of which are Ph.D. students) mainly in the engineering sciences and architecture, system-oriented sciences, mathematics and natural sciences areas, and carry out research that is highly valued worldwide. Twenty-one Nobel Laureates have studied, taught or conducted research at ETH Zurich, which underlines the excellent reputation of the institute. Maintaining and developing its top standing in the international competition among top universities is an important task of ETH Zurich.
ETH Zurich orients its research strategy around global challenges such as climate change, world food supply and human health issues.