ETH Zurich has more than 15,000 students from approximately 80countries, 3,400 of whom are doctoral candidates. Around 400 professors teach and conduct research in the areas of engineering, architecture, mathematics, natural sciences, system-oriented sciences, and management and social sciences. ETH Zurich regularly appears at the top of international rankings as one of the best universities in the world. 21 Nobel Laureates have studied, taught or conducted research at ETH Zurich, underlining the excellent reputation of the institute.
Transferring its knowledge to the private sector and society at large is one of ETH Zurich’s primary concerns. It has succeeded in this, as borne out 80 new patents awarded each year and the 195 spin-off companies that were created out of the institute between 1996 and 2009. ETH Zurich orients its research strategy around global challenges such as climate change, world food supply and human health issues.