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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
18 Master’s degree programmes
29 Bachelor’s degree programmes
13'485 students
3'308 employees
496 million Swiss francs (cost volume)

(Figures from the 2019 Annual Report)


The University Library on the Sulzer site in Winterthur was opened in 2015


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