The Board of the University is the highest governing body of the University. The Board is responsible for strategic decisions and the direct oversight of the University. (University Act (in German) § 29)
Silvia Steiner, President
"The University of Zurich is a beacon in national and international higher education, and our canton can be proud of the University’s practiced excellence. As President of the Board of the University and as Minister of Education, I am committed to further strengthening Zurich as a place of higher learning. Research and scholarship provide the foundation for innovation. Or, phrased differently: Our society and economy rely on impulses from universities in order to develop positively and to find the best answers to today’s pressing questions."
"The University of Zurich is doing very well at the moment – this, thanks to the University’s international character and the convenient structures existing in research and teaching. Further development depends on how well the University can deal with the consequences of the Bologna reform: Education for what and for whom? This is one of the core challenges facing UZH, and the solution must not be reduced solely to the economic benefits of education or a merely statistical figure. Now more than ever, the factor of responsibility for society as a whole has become essential." CV
"The University of Zurich’s political autonomy allows it to achieve excellence in research-based teaching as well as in research and the transfer of knowledge – and thus to maintain its position as an internationally leading university. The University motivates its students, PhD candidates, and staff to think and act responsibly and critically, while giving them space to develop creative solutions. In addition, the University contributes to mastering pressing social challenges, to improving the quality of life, and to safeguarding our natural resources. As such, UZH contributes positively to the development of the greater Zurich area and fulfills its responsibility in strengthening society and the economy in Switzerland."
Ulrich Jakob Looser
"The University of Zurich with its international reputation for excellence in research and teaching makes a major contribution to enhancing Switzerland’s appeal as a place to live and work. UZH can rely on its strengths in research and teaching; in accordance with its organizational structure, the University takes advantage of creative freedoms to work toward the future, heightening the University of Zurich’s standing in global competition as a top institution for researchers, teachers and students."
"Switzerland’s higher education institutions are typologically and content-wise more diverse than those of its neighboring countries, yet they are also more coherent in terms of academics and the programs offered. The University of Zurich plays a pioneering role in this landscape because it has the most diverse range of studies in the whole of Switzerland, but also due to its internationally leading position in numerous areas of research. As such, the Board of the University is confronted with a dual challenge: Our overarching aim is to ensure the outstanding quality of scholarlship at the University of Zurich, thus contributing to the international reputation of Switzerland’s higher education system on the whole."
"Certain performance indicators dominate academic rankings and evaluations, and serve as feedback for decision makers. The certitude that these figures transmit, however, detracts from values and content; the current practices in academic ranking favor research and teaching in their paradigmatic setting and, as a result, hinder new advances. A modern university with an obligation to the evolution of knowledge and scholarship must also find the courage to make decisions that are based on trust and instinct. It is precisely this trust – together with values and content – that lays the foundation for the freedom necessary to guarantee innovative research and teaching in the long term."
"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."