A recent ranking placed two Swiss universities in the top 20. ETH Zurich (ETHZ), the Swiss university for science and technology based in Zurich rose from 7th to 6th place this year in the overall global ranking by QS.
Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), ETHZ’s sister in French-speaking Switzerland near Lausanne, scooped 18th place, up 4 places from last year.
UK-based QS, ranks 1,000 universities across the world.
ETHZ is known for its cutting-edge research and innovation. Established in 1855 as the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School, the university can count over 20 Nobel Prize laureates as alumni, including Albert Einstein.
ETHZ was ranked 1st globally in earth and marine science, in a country with no sea. It was also 3rd in electrical engineering, 3rd in engineering and technology, 3rd in environmental studies and 4th in architecture.
EPFL, a university which started in 1853 with just 11 students, is one of the only universities to run a nuclear fusion reactor, a Blue Gene/Q Supercomputer and P3 bio-hazard facilities, required for research and diagnostic work involving microbes that can cause severe disease.
EPFL was ranked 6th in materials sciences, 8th in computer science and 9th in electrical engineering.
Both ETHZ EPFL are both public universities.
In the Hospitality & Leisure Management category, Lausanne-based École hôtelière de Lausanne came first. Four Swiss schools in this category were among the global top ten, more than any other nation.
QS ranking 2020 (in English)