Alumni & Friends

«Our former students are important to us. That is why our goal is to strengthen a sense of "we" among our alumnae & alumni and encourage them to stay in touch. At the same time, friends of the SML are also always welcome.»

Simone Thomas, Head of Alumni & Friends, ZHAW School of Management and Law

Commit and Benefit

Every good-bye is also a new beginning: After completing their studies, our graduates automatically become alumnae and alumni of the SML. They are kept informed about the university, continuing education programs, and events. We actively promote the exchange among like-minded people. It pays off to participate.

At Alumni & Friends, everyone is on first-name terms, and everyone is treated with respect.


In addition to SML events, the various alumni associations and alumni chapters also have special offerings. In an informal atmosphere, they exchange knowledge, share their experiences, and engage in networking activities.

Homecoming Day: Our Flagship Event

Every year, the SML invites former students to attend a large-scale event. The program includes presentations and panel discussions on current topics. At the buffet reception followed by the Alma Mater Night, alumni can meet old friends and acquaintances, network, celebrate, and have fun.

Alumni Homecoming Day 2017 (in German)

Impressions of 2016 Homecoming Day (in German)

Alumni Award

Since 2016, we have been awarding the prestigious Alumni Award for outstanding performance, specific achievements, or «lifetime achievement» to graduates of the SML or predecessor institutions.

Details on the Alumni Award (in German)

Alumni & Friends and Their Alumni Organizations

At the ZHAW School of Management and Law (SML), Alumni & Friends is the first contact for all former members of the SML - we are looking forward to hearing from you. In addition, associations (which usually request a membership fee) and chapters provide other networking platforms.

You would like to become active yourself and start your own alumni association or club? We will be happy to help you with the first steps. Contact us at:


People and organizations that are close to the SML are always welcome. Friends are also invited to actively participate in our network, get in touch, exchange ideas with our experts, and participate in events. In addition, we also offer opportunities for people to present themselves. Interested? We look forward to hearing from you.