Published: 12 Sep 2012 08:09 GMT+02:00 | Print version
Updated: 12 Sep 2012 08:09 GMT+02:00
The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich was named among the world’s top universities in an annual report released on Tuesday.
The university, otherwise known as ETH (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule) Zürich, ranked as the best in continental Europe and the 13th best on the planet, according to the QS World University Rankings of the best 200 universities for 2012.
This marked an improvement on last year when QS rated the Zurich engineering, science, technology, mathematics and management university 18th in the world.
The list put the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on top, supplanting Cambridge University, ranked first last year.
Cambridge came second, followed by Harvard, University College London and Oxford in a hit parade dominated in the upper echelons by American and British institutions.
The QS rankings are based on assessments of research quality, graduate employability and teaching, as well as how international the faculties and student bodies are.
Lausanne’s Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) was the second most highly regarded Swiss university, ranking 29th, up from 35th last year.
The QS report described Switzerland generally as a “powerhouse” for its post-secondary learning institutes.
For a small land-locked Alpine nation, the country “punches well above its weight” both in terms of its economic power and its universities, the report said.
It highlighted the “extremely international” nature of Swiss higher education.
Other Swiss schools on the list included the University of Geneva (ranked 74th, down from 69th a year ago) and the University of Zurich (tied for 90th with China’s Fudan University, up from 106th).
ETH Zurich, which was founded in 1854 with a mission to educate engineers and scientists, is famous for producing 23 Nobel laureates, while its famous former students include renowned physicist Albert Einstein.
With an enrolment of around 17,200 students on two campuses, it offers an extensive number of courses in English in addition to German.
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