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Zurich ranked world’s 7th best place to study

Zurich is the seventh best city in the world in which to study, according to a new table ranking university cities.

Zurich ranked world's 7th best place to study
ETH Zürich/Susi Lindig

Home to the ETH technological institute and the University of Zurich, Switzerland’s biggest city received high praise from QS, the group that compiled the rankings, for the quality of its education as well as its calm atmosphere and dramatic scenery.

ETH Zurich is the highest ranked university in continental Europe, QS noted, while the city itself receives routine accolades for the quality of living on offer.

The city is also steeped in wealth, a fact QS said had both its benefits and drawback. 

“On the one hand its affluence means Zurich is clean, safe and immaculately maintained, but on the other, living expenses can be eye-wateringly high,” QS said. 

“That said, while rent and socialising may cost a packet, tuition fees averaging around US$1,000-2,000 for international students represent a huge saving compared to comparably prestigious universities in the UK, North America or Australia.”

According to QS, Zurich’s two institutions have a combined total of 42,000 students. Of these, 10,000, or 24 percent, are international students.

Paris topped the inaugural Best Student Cities table, which ranks cities according to measures taken from “public information, population sizes, number of educational establishments and their quality (as judged by the QS World University Rankings.” 

London emerged as the world’s second best study city, followed by Boston, Melbourne, Vienna and Sydney.

After Zurich, Berlin, Dublin and Montreal rounded out the top ten.

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Why ETH Zurich has been ranked the ‘best university in continental Europe’

A new international survey of universities has ranked Zurich’s Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) the highest in the world outside the US and the UK. How does this school excel?

Why ETH Zurich has been ranked the 'best university in continental Europe'
ETH's main hall. Photo by Zurich.ch

The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022 have placed ETH in the 15th place (out of 1,600 surveyed worldwide). The school dropped from the 14th-place ranking the previous year.

Universities in the United Kingdom and the United States hold all of the top rankings ahead of ETH Zurich.

But as the top 14 are not in continental Europe, this means ETH has the unofficial title of the of best in Europe.

What is ETH and what does it do?

It is a public research university focusing exclusively on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

It has a “sister” school located in Lausanne, the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), which specialises in natural sciences and engineering. 

The EPFL ranked in the 40th place in the survey.

Why has ETH scored so high in the study?

“Our strategy is derived from our federal mandate to conduct fundamental research, train specialists and transfer new knowledge to the economy and society,” said ETH President Joël Mesot.

University ranking methodology is based on scores for high-​level indicators relating to teaching, research, international perspective, and collaboration with industry.

“ETH’s overall scores show improvement in teaching, research, and publication citations”, the university’s rankings expert Paul Cross said.

However, it dropped slightly in terms of industry income and international outlook.

“Competition is fierce at the top tier of the rankings”, Cross noted. 

Here are some interesting facts about ETH:

  • It was founded in 1855 by the Swiss government to train engineers and scientists.
  • Today 18,000 students from over 100 different countries study at ETZ, 3,800 of whom are doctoral students.
  • So far, 21 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to researchers who have or had a connection with ETH Zurich.
  • While tuition in the top-ranking schools in the UK — Oxford and Cambridge — costs well over 10,000 francs each year, and in the in the US universities, such as Yale, Harvard, Stanford and Caltech, the annual tuition exceeds 50,000 a year, at ETH it is 1,460 francs.

In all, Switzerland is home to seven of the world’s top universities. Aside from ETH and EPFL, they are University of Zurich (75th place), University of Bern (101st), Universities of Basel and Geneva (103rd), University of Lausanne (176th).

Complete ranking can be seen here.

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