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Higher Education and Science Studies

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CHESS – Center for Higher Education and Science Studies

Lead: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Involved: Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics
Founded: 2014

Steering Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Mike Schäfer, Department of Communication and Media Research (Chair) 
  • Prof. Dr. Katja Rost, Institute of Sociology (Deputy Chair)
  • Prof. Dr. Lucien Criblez, Institute of Education
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Jonas, Department of Psychology
  • Prof. Dr. David Seidl, Department of Business Administration
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Widmer, Department of Political Science

Self-Reflection in Higher Education Institutions and Science

The CHESS wants to encourage self-reflection in higher education institutions and science. It conducts high-level university and science research, performs advisory functions and handles mandates for various academic and science policy actors. As part of the UZH Leadership and Governance Academy, CHESS offers continuing education for university leaders. With lectures, talks, and workshops on one hand and publications of research results and position papers on the other, CHESS aims to contribute actively to the discourse on science policy.


Center for Higher Education and Science Studies (CHESS)
University of Zurich
Plattenstrasse 54
CH-8032 Zurich
Coordination Office
Bernhard Nievergelt
Phone: +41 44 634 41 81

Contact (E-mail)
CHESS News (in German)