ETH continues to grow

The Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) welcomed a renewed increase in students in 2016. It also maintained the previous year's record number of spin-offs. New study programmes are set to launch in autumn 2017.

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Students in front of the ETH building (image: ETH)

The number of students at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) reached a record high in 2016, rising to 19,815. The proportion of woman also increased slightly to 31.1 per cent. These are the figures from the ETH’s latest Annual Report.  

The financial figures also revealed moderate growth. Operating expenses amounted to CHF 1.6 billion, a 2.4 per cent increase on the previous year. Meanwhile, operating revenue climbed 3.3 per cent to CHF 1.7 billion. The figures also show that third party revenues are increasingly important. With a rise of 7.2 per cent, they far outpaced the federal contribution (+1.9 per cent).

Further to its successful figures, the ETH plans to extend its range of courses this year. In autumn 2017, a new Bachelor's programme in medicine for 100 students is set to launch. The university also intends to expand its further education portfolio. The newly founded Swiss School of Public Governance will offer two certificate courses on leadership issues for public sector employees.

The ETH is also focusing on collaborations with other institutions. Among the projects is the large-scale Skintegrity project, which is run by the University Medicine Zurich organisation and aims to pool skin research across the city. The ETH is additionally establishing a new centre for data science in partnership with the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).

Thanks to its numerous spin-offs, the ETH contributes to making knowledge acquired at the university available to the economy. In 2016, 25 spin-offs were founded at the ETH, equaling the record set the previous year. 

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