The International Affairs Office promotes exchanges with international partner universities in the areas of teaching, continuing education, research, development and business services. It contributes towards firmly positioning the ZHAW in the international higher education landscape and supports employees and students in gaining international competencies.
ZHAW − Leading in seeking solutions
ZHAW is one of the leading universities of applied sciences in Switzerland. Teaching, research, continuing education and other services are both scientifically based and practically oriented. Our graduates are able to apply their knowledge responsibly in demanding professional fields. In research & development, we concentrate on seeking solutions to important societal challenges, with a particular focus on sustainable energy and social integration. With locations in Winterthur, Zurich and Wädenswil, ZHAW benefits from productive interaction with its regional communities and businesses, as well as from its broad cooperative programmes with diverse international partners.
Analysing − Recognising − Acting
ZHAW graduates apply reflective practice in their approach to social developments. We know that education means responsibility.
Quality in R&D and teaching
Exploring − Evaluating − Developing
Research and teaching at ZHAW meet the highest quality standards. We know that progress requires tradition.
Modern and innovative teaching
Discussing − Differentiating − Creating
Students at ZHAW combine theory and practice. We know that success requires innovative forms of learning.
Experiencing − Perceiving − Discovering
Students at ZHAW appreciate the cultural diversity, the open discussion culture and the beauty of Switzerland. We know that openness requires vision.
Networking − Collaborating − Connecting
ZHAW constantly invests in its relationships. We know that the future needs international cooperation.
ZHAW is one of the leading universities of applied sciences in Switzerland
A | Zurich
B | Winterthur
Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering
Management and Law
C | Wädenswil
Life Sciences and Facility Management
The ZHAW moves in international circles, working across borders and intensifying cooperation with foreign partners in all disciplines, for both staff and students. We utilize the synergies resulting from collaboration with educational and research institutions around the globe. At the same time, the ZHAW values its regional position in the greater Zurich area, a hub in our globally connected world. We are convinced that our society needs more actors who are competent and responsible, who work in networks to generate knowledge, and who recognise cultural diversity as an advantage. Therefore, the International Affairs Office supports the members of the ZHAW community and their foreign partners.
Leading House South Asia and Iran
In spring 2017, the ZHAW became the Leading House for bilateral research cooperation with partner institutions in South Asia and Iran. On behalf of the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), the ZHAW promotes collaborative research activities with the major scientific institutions in this region.
Since 2008, the Swiss federal government has extended the focus of its international science policy to non-European countries that show significant scientific and technological potential. With currently six partner regions outside Europe, the government’s goal is to expand and strengthen science policy relations and cooperation. Each region is assigned a Leading House, which is responsible for coordinating the partnership.
Studying and working abroad
Studying and working at the ZHAW
The ZHAW supports students and researchers from EU countries who wish to spend a semester in Switzerland. Even though Switzerland is currently not a full member of ‘Erasmus+’, the ‘Swiss European Mobility Programme’ secures that exchanges and cooperation with European partner universities continue to flourish.