22 Facts About ETH Zurich


ETH Zurich is a public research university in the city of Zurich, Switzerland.

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ETH Zurich has a world-class reputation in academia and industry.

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ETH Zurich was founded on 7 February 1854 by the Swiss Confederation and began giving its first lectures on 16 October 1855 as a polytechnic institute at various sites throughout the city of Zurich.

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From 1905 to 1908, under the presidency of Jerome Franel, the course program of ETH Zurich was restructured to that of a real university and ETH Zurich was granted the right to award doctorates.

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Also, ETH Zurich was ranked 8th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2020.

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In 2015, ETH Zurich was ranked 5th in the world in engineering, science and technology, just behind the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and Cambridge University.

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ETH Zurich had a total budget of CHF 1, 897 billion in the year 2019.

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Swiss students, ETH Zurich is not selective in its undergraduate admission procedures.

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Education at ETH Zurich generally focuses more on theoretical aspects than application and most degree programs contain a high amount of mathematical training.

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Main building of ETH Zurich was built from 1858 to 1864 under Gustav Zeuner; the architect, however, was Gottfried Semper, who was a professor of architecture at ETH Zurich at the time and one of the most important architectural writers and theorists of the age.

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At about the same time, Semper's ETH Zurich building was enlarged and received its impressive cupola.

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ETH Zurich link is a free bus for students, affiliates and faculty linking the two campuses.

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ETH Zurich Laboratory of Ion Beam Physics is a physics laboratory located in Science City.

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ETH Zurich students were found to be the busiest students of all institutions of higher education in Switzerland.

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In 2017, ETH Zurich board approved the creation of a "Student Project House" to encourage student projects and foster innovation.

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For example, ETH Zurich Alumni Founded Companies include information and communications technology Caplena AG and biotech and pharmaceutical company Scailyte AG.

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ETH Zurich has three prominent competition teams that perform research in different popular fields and compete on the world stage.

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Swiss Academic Spaceflight Initiative is an organisation at ETH Zurich that focuses on the development of space related technologies.

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ETH Zurich has produced and attracted many famous scientists in its short history, including Albert Einstein and John von Neumann.

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Academic achievements aside, ETH Zurich has been alma mater to many Olympic medalists and world champions.

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ETH Zurich Foundation is a legal entity on its own and as such not part of the ETH Zurich.

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However, the ETH Zurich is a public university so that the funds of this foundation are much smaller than at comparable private universities.

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