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The ZHAW at a glance

The ZHAW is one of the leading universities of applied sciences in Switzerland. Here you will find an overview of the most important facts and figures.


3 locations (Winterthur, Zurich, Wädenswil)
8 schools
19 Master’s degree programmes
33 Bachelor’s degree programmes
14'163 students
3'643 employees
550 million Swiss francs (cost volume)

(Figures from the 2022 Annual Report)


Executive Board

The Executive Board is responsible for the operational management of the ZHAW. It consists of the President, the Managing Director and the Deans of the eight Schools. The President heads the University, chairs the Executive Board, and represents the ZHAW externally. To ensure that the University is run on uniform principles and to encourage cooperation, individual members of the Board are also responsible for trans-departmental affairs.


University Strategy 2015–2025

Knowledge-based and competence-oriented: ZHAW graduates develop reflective, professional, research and practice-based competences to enable them to work in challenging professional fields in a knowledge-based society.

Transformative: The ZHAW accepts shared responsibility for the cultural, ecological, economic, legal, social and technical sustainability of our society. 

European: The ZHAW is integrated in the region but also cooperates with international partners; the University concentrates on global challenges and markets, with a particular focus on Europe.

Mission Statement and University Strategy 2015–2025