ZHAW at “Zürich meets San Francisco”
“Zürich meets Your City“ is a festival of culture and science that is taking place for the fourth time, jointly staged by the City of Zurich, the Canton of Zurich and Zurich Tourism, in cooperation with the ZHAW, the University of Zurich (UZH), as well as the City of Winterthur.
In previous years, the festival has taken place in New York, London and Hong Kong. This year, it will take place in San Francisco from 20th to 26th October, 2018. Various locations in San Francisco and the Bay Area will host the festival’s many diverse, thematically rich events. The School of Engineering, the School of Management and Law and the School of Life Sciences and Facility Management will be representing the ZHAW and organising events on the subjects of data science, governance of metropolitan areas, and lean design, construction and facility management. The events are taking place in cooperation with local partners San José State University, UC Berkeley and DPR Construction, San Francisco.
“Zürich meets San Francisco” presents Zurich as a lively and attractive global city with a high quality of life, which is networked worldwide and thus a very desirable location for culture, business, education, research and innovation. The Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco, as well as swissnex San Francisco and the San Francisco Zürich Sister City Committee, will provide support in situ.
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.
The ZHAW promotes staff mobility for lecturers, research associates and assistants and for technical and operational staff for limited periods of time at one of our partner universities.
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.