Profile At a Glance Excellence in research, outstanding teaching, and services for the public Annual Report The annual report is the official report of the University of Zurich for the cantonal authorities. History The University of Zurich was founded in 1833. It was the first university in Europe established by a democratic state and without ecclesiastical or royal patronage. Nobel Prize Laureates To date, twelve UZH scholars have been awarded the Nobel Prize. Their achievements have contributed considerably toward establishing the excellent reputation of the University. Awards The University of Zurich honors outstanding academic achievements with a variety of awards. Dies academicus Every year at the end of April, the University of Zurich marks the anniversary of its foundation in the year 1833.