Being the first European university established by a democratic political system, the University of Zurich (UZH) was founded as “Universitas Turicensis” in 1833 and taught 161 students in the first year. In 1909, Albert Einstein started as a lecturer on theoretical physics and in 1913 Alfred Werner was awarded a Nobel Prize for Chemistry – the first of 12 Nobel Prizes conferred to UZH scholars.
Today, the UZH is Switzerland’s largest university with 612 professors and around 26'000 students enrolled in seven faculties that cover some 100 subject areas. Being a member of the “League of European Research Universities” (LERU), the University of Zurich belongs to Europe’s most prestigious research institutions. The outstanding research contributions are especially renowned in in the fields of medicine, immunology, genetics, neuroscience and structural biology as well as in economics. For indepth information please visit the university's website.
The fields of business administration and economics are an integral part of the University of Zurich’s teaching and research programs. Back in 1903, the University established the first chair for business administration in a German-speaking country and the ‘Socioeconomic Seminar’ followed in 1908. In 1992 the Faculty of Law and Political Science split into the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics.
Today the faculty consists of four different departments, which are home to numerous chairs, professors and doctoral students. Currently, the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics has over 3,400 students enrolled and is placed among top spots in various academic rankings. For indepth information please visit the faculty's website.
Since its foundation in 2002, the “Chair for Empirical Research in Business, Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management” is headed by Prof. Dr. Uschi Backes-Gellner, who in addition holds the position of Deputy Dean at the faculty. The chair’s research is focused on empirical analyses in the fields of Personnel Economics, Economics of Education, Innovation Economics and Industrial Relations. For the various research projects the chair receives support by third-party funds and is most prominently supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) through its “Swiss Leading House on Economics of Education, Firm Behavior and Training.” For indepth information please visit the chair's website.