"Being involved in the development of one of the best educational institutions is a fascinating task. I see one of the main challenges in optimizing the conditions for top performance while keeping regulatory provisions at a minimum. This includes protecting researchers, instructors, and students from politically or economically induced reprobation. Scholars and researchers at UZH must be able to pursue their passion without constraint, to ponder past findings, produce new results, teach future generations – and to relentlessly ask questions. Only when we free ourselves from the myth of irrevocable facts can the never-ending adventure of learning, teaching, and research commence, thus engendering the greatest achievements of the human mind."
Dr. Urs Oberholzer studied law in Zurich, Fribourg and Paris and earned his PhD at the University of Zurich. In the past, he has held key positions at Elvia Versicherungen and the Generali Group Partner AG. From 2003 until 2011 he was president of the Bank Council at the Zürcher Kantonalbank ZKB. Urs Oberholzer is member of the governing board at Tertianum AG and president of the governing board at Swiss Tertianum International AG. He has been a member of the Board of the University since 2011.