International Rankings

An indication of the high quality of Switzerland's higher education and research providers is their performance in international higher education rankings. Both Swiss universities and the two federal institutes of technology in Lausanne and Zurich systematically rate highly in these lists. Thanks to the fact that Switzerland invests heavily in research and development, it has earned the reputation as one of the most innovative and competitive countries in the world.

View of the ETH Zurich building
© ETH Zürich

The Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) regularly comes top of the class in international higher education rankings. The 2016 QS Rankings rated it the 8th best in the world, while it takes 9th place in the Times Ranking. The Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) also performs very well in international rankings, taking 14th place in the QS Rankings and 12th place in the Leiden Ranking. 

The ETHZ and the EPFL also perform exceedingly well in faculty rankings. For example, the ETHZ takes 8th place in the Shanghai Ranking for chemistry, while the EPFL is rated the 14th best university in the world for IT. 

Switzerland’s other higher education providers regularly rank among the top 100 universities in the world. 

Competitiveness and innovation 

Switzerland regularly tops competitiveness and innovation rankings. The Global Competitiveness Report 2015–2016, the Global Innovation Index 2016 and the Innovation Union Scoreboard 2014 put Switzerland in first place. It also is ranked second in the overall ranking of the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2016.

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