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Zurich University of Applied Sciences


Published on The ZHAW is one of the largest and most productive universities of applied sciences in Switzerland, with a strong presence both nationally and internationally. Among the ZHAW’s distinguishing features are interdisciplinarity and a close connection to everyday working practice.

About 8000 students are enrolled at the ZHAW in a total of 25 Bachelor’s degree programmes and 8 consecutive Master’s programmes. The university also offers a broad range of continuing education courses, including around 30 Master's of Advanced Studies programmes. 30 institutes at the ZHAW network their resources to provide business and industry with customised services.

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Zurich University of Applied Sciences

  1. 1. Zurich University of Applied Sciences International Affairs We are used to crossing borders. And you? Zurich Universities of Applied Sciences and Art
  2. 2. The ZHAW introduces itself The Zurich University of Applied Sciences consists of eight Schools, located in Winterthur, Zurich and Wädenswil. It is one of the largest and fastest-growing multi-disciplinary universities of applied sciences in Switzerland, with a national and international reputation. Among the distinctive features of the ZHAW are the interdisciplinary aspect and its practice- relatedness. What is a university of applied sciences? Unlike the traditional universities, the universities of applied sciences cater for students with practical leanings, and this, combined with their studies, provides them with an excellent basis for their future careers. In the heart of Europe All three branches of the ZHAW are lo- cated in the Greater Zurich Area, which is nationally and internationally regarded as the economic centre of Switzerland. Teaching and research at the ZHAW Every year, the 30 Institutes and nume- rous Centres deal with over 1,000 research and services assignments. These practice- oriented projects enable teaching staff to guarantee the transfer of knowledge to the business world and ensure that the latest research findings have a direct influence on the teaching.
  3. 3. 3 Contents Contents Target readership 4 Editorial 5 Switzerland and the Greater Zurich Area 7 Lifelong learning 11 Practice-orientation 15 The eight ZHAW Schools 19 – School of Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering 20 – School of Health Professions 21 – School of Applied Linguistics 24 – School of Life Sciences and Facility Management 25 – School of Applied Psychology 28 – School of Social Work 29 – School of Engineering 32 – School of Management and Law 33 Useful links and contacts 37
  4. 4. 4 Target readership This brochure sets out to introduce the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences to researchers, teachers, students and those interested in higher education in Switzerland. The following pages contain information about what the ZHAW is and what it does. This includes references to its development and structure with its eight Schools, as well as the whole milieu of the University and such re- levant topics as lifelong learning and practice-relatedness. “In teaching and research, we cooperate with partners from all over the world.” Prof. Dr. Werner Inderbitzin President
  5. 5. 5 Editorial Dear reader, The basic abilities required of today’s graduates – as well as teaching staff and resear- chers – include not only specialised training but also international experience and inter- cultural skills. The ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences focuses on ensuring that these skills are acquired and developed. To this end, it collaborates internationally with numerous universities and supports a large number of activities in all the Schools and at all levels. In this, the ZHAW is dependent on research and teaching staff from various countries and cultural backgrounds. The ZHAW has the advantage of a growing reputation and an excellent infrastructure in one of the most convenient locations in Europe. In keeping with the spirit of the age, teaching and research are both geared to socially relevant issues. A growing number of highly qualified university teachers, researchers and students from all over the world “Our spend one or more semesters here, and our university can only derive benefit from this. The ZHAW offers a wide range of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes, international continuing education courses, as well as research, consultancy and services in an extremely broad spectrum of applied sciences. Hence its popularity as a centre for activities study, research and work. benefit us We look forward to hearing from you. and those we work with.” Prof. Dr. Werner Inderbitzin President Prof. Dr. Ursula Blosser Dean School of Social Work Prof. Dr. Ursula Blosser Head of International Affairs Head of International Affairs
  6. 6. 1. 1. The Greater Zurich Area is the economic centre of Switzerland. Its high standards in education and know-how, an abundance of leisure facilities and beautiful countryside, make for a quality of life that is unique in the world. 2. One of Zurich’s countless cultural attractions: the Rietberg Museum is Switzerland’s most famous museum for non-European art. 3. Winterthur’s historic old town provides the backdrop for lots of festivals and is a lively meeting place for young and old alike. 4. Landlocked but not high and dry. In the Greater Zurich Area there are numerous open-air swimming pools, rivers and, of course, the Lake of Zurich.
  7. 7. 7 Switzerland and the Greater Zurich Area In the heart of Europe Nestling among mountains and lakes, Switzerland – and the Greater Zurich Area in particular – exudes its own special charm. Diversity abounds, not just in re- lation to language and countryside but also in society and the business world. This variety is a galvanising force in education and research. Some of the most famous institutes of higher education in Switzerland are to be found here. 2. 3. 4. Switzerland’s position at the crossroads of different cultures and traditions makes it an ideal communications and transport centre between northern and southern Europe. The country is split up into four different regions, each with its own official language: German, French, Italian and Romansch. Most Swiss have a fair command of English, and under- stand or speak at least one second national language. Another factor contributing to this linguistic diversity and the prevailing cosmopolitan atmosphere is that no fewer than 20 % of the population come from abroad.
  8. 8. The majority of the ZHAW classes are held in Winterthur. High quality of life Somewhat surprisingly, given the size of the country, Switzerland’s linguistic diversity is matched by its geographical diversity. In however, is not just a centre for globalisa- no time at all it is easy to leave behind the tion but a lively city in its own right, with a hustle and bustle of the urban centres and growing population from widely varying escape into the surrounding countryside to cultural and social backgrounds. Current enjoy the peace and serenity of the numerous social, economic and environmental issues forests, lakes and rivers. And, of course, are more than adequately covered in the one must not forget the majestic splendour study and research programmes offered of the mountain scenery. It is easy to see by the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied why Zurich regularly takes the number Sciences. one spot in the international surveys con- Alongside the University of Zurich and the ducted to measure quality of life. Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), the ZHAW is the third institute of higher edu- Great diversity in the business world cation located within the Greater Zurich Area. and social backgrounds Zurich is the home of the School of Applied Quality and international orientation are Psychology and the School of Social Work. The country is also known for its flexible among the top priorities at the ZHAW, the economic structure, and the Zurich area in ultimate objective being to turn out highly particular is regarded as the country’s busi- industrial companies have set up business qualified graduates able to deal confidently ness centre, with well established finance here, and the transport and technology with the challenges they will face in their and services sectors. Several multinational sectors are equally well represented. Zurich, professional lives. Multilingual professional
  9. 9. The ZHAW campus in Wädenswil lies in a beautiful setting overlooking the Lake of Zurich. Winterthur: from city of workers to city of culture Although it is no more than 20 km away training, internationally recognised accre- ment and Law, as well as the President’s from Zurich, Winterthur has a vibrant ditation of degree programmes and final Office and the central administration, are all theatrical and musical life of its own. Once degrees, and cooperation with business located in the heart of Winterthur. The a city of workers, it is rather students and public institutions in international re- Schools of Applied Psychology and Soci- and lovers of culture who now set the search, ensure that this goal is achieved. al Work are in Zurich itself, and the School tone and the pace. Offering all the at- of Life Sciences and Facility Management tractions of a large city and yet retaining At home in the heart of Europe is in Wädenswil. the charming atmosphere of a small The three separate locations of the ZHAW, town, Winterthur has become the in place Winterthur, Zurich and Wädenswil, are all in Zurich: “downtown Switzerland” to be. the immediate vicinity of the international Zurich is a socially heterogeneous city with business centre of the city of Zurich itself, and working-class districts, elegant residential Wädenswil: the jewel on the lake take full advantage of the benefits this brings. areas, a business quarter, a shopping mile Wädenswil, in an idyllic setting with mag- All three are within 15 to 45 minutes of and dozens of fine restaurants. There are nificent views over the Lake of Zurich, is Zurich’s international airport and can easily many theatres, an internationally acclaimed a perfect location for dealing with environ- be reached by the excellent public trans- opera house, concert halls, fine museums mental issues and natural sciences. The port system. and art galleries as well as a colourful night fact that the ZHAW is now firmly estab- The Schools of Architecture, Design and life. It is possible to take a leisurely stroll lished there is one more claim to fame for Civil Engineering, Health Professions, Ap- along the lake or round the old part of the Wädenswil. plied Linguistics, Engineering and Manage- city, with its wealth of historic buildings.
  10. 10. Dr. Michael Herzka Lecturer at the School of Social Work Continuity and innovation. Teaching at university level is a combination of con- tinuity and innovation. Tried and tested knowledge has to be linked to new findings; modern demands call for new curricula. At the School of Social Work, the Bachelor’s modular study programme enables to keep pace with these demands. A unique cooperation project of four Swiss universities of applied sciences, the Master’s degree programme of Social Work has already been newly launched. Finally, the Master of Advanced Studies programmes are particularly practice-oriented, thanks to a flexible modules system.
  11. 11. 11 Lifelong learning “A wide variety of subject com- binations and a high degree of innovation are essential factors in remaining a force on the education market.” Michael Herzka Lifelong learning The ZHAW offers scientifically-based, practice-oriented study programmes, including continuing education, that provide support at every stage of a professional career. As befits the slogan “We develop personalities”, the ZHAW provides not only excellent education but also social and personal skills. Its dual structure is one of the characteristics of the Swiss educational system. While just about one third of all pupils graduate from high school and then go on to university, the other two thirds opt for vocational training. Usually, vocational training is given both within a company and, at the same time, in a technical school. More and more Swiss pupils choose this career path and study at a university of applied sciences after having graduated from technical school. Equivalent standards, and yet different Traditional universities and universities of applied sciences make up the higher education scenario in Switzerland but largely cater to different target groups. The two types of university have equivalent standards and yet are different. The traditional universities promote basic research and offer doctoral degrees, whereas at the universities of applied The School of Social Work sciences, research and teaching are practice-oriented. This also applies to their target offers practice-oriented groups and their programmes in diploma studies, continuing education and services. education in a field that is highly topical. There is a certain amount of overlap and also increasing convergence between the two: traditional universities are experiencing a growing demand for more market- and practice- oriented teaching, and universities of applied sciences are placing a growing emphasis on the academic side. This manifests itself in cooperation on research and publication projects with partners both at home and abroad. In autumn 2008, the universities of applied sciences began offering both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes. The introduction of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) has led to freer interchange between the two types of university. A student in Switzerland can now take a B.A. at a university of applied sciences and then, subject to certain additional requirements being met, study for an M.A. at a traditional university (and vice-versa).
  12. 12. 12 Lifelong learning New and traditional equip students with an excellent educa- Number of students at the ZHAW The universities of applied sciences came tion and provide support throughout their into being in Switzerland in the 1990s. professional lives. Only in this way can 1 The aim behind the reform of the old the claim to provide lifelong learning be 2 8 technical colleges was to revitalise the justified. Conforming as it does to inter- economy and upgrade the vocational national standards, the ZHAW enables 3 training system. In the case of the ZHAW, graduates to hold their own on national this has been a great success. At three and international markets and in inter- different locations in the Greater Zurich cultural working worlds. Practice- and 4 Area, the ZHAW offers an outstanding application-oriented methods are adopted 7 5 range of study programmes that also in every branch of teaching and research. 6 include continuing education. As an example, the Institute of Biotech- Total number of students per School nology teaches innovative techniques in (Bachelor’s- and consecutive Master’s degree the biotechnological manufacture of me- programmes, as per October 2008): ZHAW students dicinal substances, which can for instance 1 School of Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering 302 are sought after be found in treatments for diabetes, can- cer or rheumatherapy. The Institute is 2 School of Health Professions 785 on the labour thus contributing towards cutting costs 3 School of Applied Linguistics 875 4 School of Life Sciences and market in the health system. A further example Facility Management 903 is the School of Architecture, Design and 5 School of Applied Psychology 230 6 School of Social Work 572 Civil Engineering, where the close link 7 School of Engineering 1,104 A measure of its success is not just the between study programmes, continuing 8 School of Management and Law 2,073 fact that the ZHAW is one of the largest education and research leads to the cre- and most diversified universities of app- ation of synergies between the various lied sciences in Switzerland, but also that professions. The promoting of mutual un- the students are much sought after on derstanding between architects and civil the Swiss labour market and have no dif- engineers pays off in many ways, including ficulty in finding attractive jobs. The ZHAW such fields as lighting design and urban is also connected to a global network: planning. teaching and research staff maintain links with several hundred partner universities, Continuity and innovation companies, institutions and organisations Practice-orientation means that with its on all five continents. study programmes the ZHAW has its fin- ger on the pulse of the times. In no other Imparting professional skills Swiss university of applied sciences are The corporate identity of the ZHAW such innovative courses to be found as encompasses four features that are inter- Gerontological Nursing, Multilingual Com- connected: lifelong learning, practice- munication, Aviation and Transportation orientation, innovation and intercultural Systems. And finally, acting as a link, activities. In its eight Schools, the ZHAW there are the management programmes. offers a broad range of study and conti- This involves not only the passing on of nuing education programmes, which form knowledge in business administration but, the basis of a lifelong learning process. above all, of basic know-how. Evidence of The scientifically-based, yet practice- this is the broad spectrum of courses on oriented programmes all pass on profes- offer: Business Administration, Managed sional skills geared to preparing graduates Health Care, Educational-, Facility-, for their chosen careers. The goal is to Public-, Social-, International- and Inter-
  13. 13. 13 Lifelong learning The process of lifelong learning is shaped by the exchange of experience and by continuing education, be it in the refectory of the School of Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering or at the School of Management and Law. cultural Management, as well as Human keep pace with market developments, the spirit and tolerance are needed. These Capital- and Human Resources Manage- ZHAW carries out ongoing evaluations are skills which play a crucial role both ment. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary and invests in the further education of its nationally and internationally. The ZHAW MAS in Leadership and Management is teaching staff. firmly believes that globalisation actually already well established; this course was begins at home and not abroad. Inter- originally developed by the Institute of Globalisation begins on the doorstep cultural situations have thus become an Applied Psychology and is run jointly with Intercultural activity is the fourth feature accepted component of the Swiss working the School of Management and Law. of the corporate identity of the ZHAW. world, be it in work with global companies, An excellent specialised training is the collaboration in multinational teams, basis for later success in professional life. establishing relations with international Investing But as the ZHAW is well aware, this in customers or participating in projects in the further education itself is not enough to meet all the de- abroad. mands made on employees by today’s To enable them to make the most of inter- of the teaching staff companies, institutions and organisations. cultural opportunities and be equipped to In addition to basic qualifications, social meet the challenges of globalisation, di- and personal skills are also called for, versity- and conflict management, ZHAW It is a good example of the extent to which which is why the ZHAW’s governing prin- students are encouraged early on to the ZHAW manages to combine innovation ciple is “We develop personalities”. In acquire a combination of international ex- and continuity in the rapidly-changing order to survive in real-life work situations, perience, intercultural continuing education, sphere of education and careers. To ensure such things as flexibility, mobility, motiva- foreign language skills and familiarity with that high standards are maintained and to tion, communication, networking, team other countries.
  14. 14. Peter Mustermann, CEO Bestfirm AG Dr. Peter Rüesch Social scientist at the School of Health Professions How can the quality of out-patient care for the elderly be measured? The need for out-patient care for the elderly is constantly rising, making it both a health policy issue and a public one. The ZHAW School of Health Professions undertook a research project to select and check quality indicators in out-patient care. It was completed in the summer of 2008 and has provided its cooperating partner, the Spitex Association, with the basis for the further development of its quality management concept. The success of the project was also due to effective net- working with researchers from Canada and Germany.
  15. 15. 15 Practice-orientation “Our research and services are scientifically sound, practice-relevant and innovative.” Peter Rüesch Practice-orientation The Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences focus essentially on the practical aspects of research, deve- lopment and services. With its specialised knowledge and skills, and its strong interest in innovation, the ZHAW offers benefits to clients in both the public and the private sectors. We live in a world where conflicting interests are becoming ever more pronounced and the challenges facing us are increasing in complexity. Research, development and ser- vices are nowadays expected to come up with ways of reducing this complexity and tackling problems on an interdisciplinary basis. In many sectors of social and business life there is a real need for specific action, and in this respect, Europe is dependent on applied sciences. Given the growing complexity of the problems of modern life, the idea has become established in the sciences that an interdisciplinary approach can prove of value. Thus it is by no means rare today for scientists from various backgrounds to cooperate for the good of society, the economy and the environment. Switzerland is proud of the fact that its skills in these areas have achieved international recognition. Interconnectivity The new premises of the As with education and continuing education, research has also acquired an international School of Health Profes- dimension, one that is of growing importance in the age of globalisation. An outstanding sions provide plenty of opportunities for subject- example of this is the European Union Framework Programme for Research, in which related discussions. Switzerland is a fully-fledged partner. The latest Framework Programme in particular is an indication of the fact that in research, the focus is on practical benefits, international cooperation and interdisciplinary activities. This provides political backing for the univer- sities of applied sciences, in contrast to the traditional universities, which place their emphasis on basic research. The ZHAW considers itself fortunate to have several teams actively involved in research projects that are practice-oriented, interdisciplinary and part of an international network. Services also derive benefit from the findings of these projects, for research, development and services do not exist on their own; they are in- extricably linked together. The commonest forms of service are consultancy, evaluations
  16. 16. 16 Practice-orientation and expert opinions. The ZHAW clients ching. As a consequence, findings from Financing of research and services from the private business and public research projects and consultancy proce- at the ZHAW sectors appreciate the competence, the dures will be introduced into the classroom, innovative attitude to dealing with pro- and students will also become involved in 4 blems, the proven effectiveness of the research projects. results, the professional project manage- ment and the motivation of those con- Science to Market 1 3 ducting research. A fairly significant percentage of the funding comes from the CTI Innovation Sources of financing Promotion Agency. “Science to Market” The activities of the ZHAW are regulated is the basic principle of the CTI, which for 2 and coordinated in the eight Schools, 30 over 60 years has supported the transfer Institutes and numerous Centres. of knowledge and technology between 1 Contractors from the business world and public the business world and the academic authorities 38 % world. Only those who have brilliant ideas 2 Research financing from the canton of Zurich 31 % 3 CTI Innovation Promotion Agency 19 % The ZHAW that can be quickly marketed can suc- 4 Other sources 12 % faces the challenge ceed in global competition. The idea is that knowledge emerging from the labo- of global ratories should be rapidly converted into competition production processes and services, pri- marily through cooperation with small and medium-size enterprises. This model has Unfavourable circumstances notwithstan- a two-fold purpose: on the one hand, it ding, great efforts have been made in leads to a reinforcement of the innovation recent years to extend the research and processes and services, the research services activities, the aim being to make skills and the ability of companies to work a contribution to Switzerland’s competi- together; on the other hand, the research tiveness. Every year, the ZHAW handles staff of the universities are given the op- well over 1,000 research and services portunity to apply their knowledge directly projects. In 2007 this amounted to a sum and to improve their skills. of 43 million Swiss francs, with proceeds rising by almost 20 %. The main sources The School of Engineering is the school of financing, in addition to contractors at the ZHAW with the highest turnover in from the business world and public au- research, development and services. thorities (38 %), are an allocation of funding Among the wide range of courses and for research from the canton of Zurich activities available are product develop- (31%), and the CTI Innovation Promotion ment and manufacture, as well as analyses, Agency (19 %). Among other sources con- evaluations, expert opinions, concept and tributing are the Swiss National Science feasibility studies, project support, proce- Foundation and the European Union. On dure optimisation, measuring procedures, the basis of the anticipated synergy gains simulation, setting up and leasing of test and increasing cooperation arising from laboratories and certifications. Certain the merger that created the ZHAW, the particularly innovative projects, partially next few years are expected to generate co-financed by the CTI, are carried out by further revenue. With regard to the future, the IMES Institute for Mechanical Systems. the ZHAW is striving for more give and Among other things, the Institute deals take between practice, research and tea- with the assessment and simulation of
  17. 17. 17 Practice-orientation joint strain (for example, the lower jaw), workers and executives, schools, fami- with the development of orthopaedic joints lies, couples and individuals. The services (for example, the fingers and spine), de- available thus cover both team deve- velopment of testing procedures and te- lopment and mediation in situations of sting of medical products, as well as the conflict. manufacture of OP instruments. In all of this, the IMES works in collaboration with The research field of media in internatio- doctors, specialised experts, non-profit nal cooperation, which operates in the organisations and companies both at Institute of Applied Media Sciences, home and abroad. specialises in a different type of conflict situation. The School’s research strategy known as Public Storytelling conducts re- Converting search, among other things, into the qua- ideas lity of mass media journalism in countries such as the Democratic Republic of the into Congo, Liberia, Armenia and Kirghiz. The new products findings are of interest not only to the lo- cal media but also of relevance to Swiss Foreign Aid, which is involved in promo- Among these are a number of start-up ting democracy in developing and crisis- companies that are located in the Techno- ridden countries. park Winterthur. By developing innovative business models, these companies help The art of networking to convert the ideas and findings of the Researchers in today’s world are expected ZHAW into new products. to have not only practice-oriented spe- cialised know-how, but also networking Practice-orientation in situations of skills. This is the case regardless of Practice-orientation is an ongoing topic at the conflict whether it is a matter of research and ZHAW, be it in Life Sciences or in Architecture. Each ZHAW School pursues its own indi- services commissions from industry and vidual policy with regard to the intercon- the economic sector, collaboration on nectivity of research and services. This projects within the context of the EU can be seen in two examples. The School Framework Programme for Research, or of Applied Psychology conducts several field research in developing and crisis- research projects on how to deal skilfully ridden countries. Collaborating on complex with people, organisations and compa- projects calls for effective communication nies and provides support and advice between a number of partners. It is thanks on how to act in a manner that is both to its networking activities over the years responsible and effective. Concentrating that the ZHAW has been able to make the on the individual situation of each client public more familiar with its key strengths makes it possible to select the method and skills, and to hook into existing net- that is most appropriate in each case. works. Sustainability is not only a feature With regard to Services, the School focu- of research in its own right but also what ses on those so-called “soft skills” most networking is all about. guaranteed to ensure success on an economic and personal level. It offers advice to both private companies and organisations in the public sector, skilled
  18. 18. “Different points of view open up new perspectives. That’s of enormous value.“ Vera Hasler, studying for a Master’s degree in Architecture
  19. 19. 19 Schools Semester abroad in architecture: broadening horizons in Berlin. Every year some 200 ZHAW students spend a semester abroad. Most of them select a university in Europe, but an increasing number choose to go overseas. Vera Hasler, a student on a Master’s degree programme in architecture, spent a summer semester at the Berlin University of Arts. There she came to appreciate the many lively discus- sions and the perceptive observations about the work of eminent architects. In her free time she set out to discover the rich history and architecture of Berlin. The eight ZHAW Schools The courses offered by the ZHAW complement the wide spectrum of research and education with the field of applied sciences. Each one of the eight schools under the roof of the ZHAW has its own tradition and history. This diversity makes cooperation possible be- yond the boundaries of individual subjects, and both teaching and research are able to derive considerable benefit from this. The basic principles of the ZHAW are professionalism, interdisciplinarity and coopera- tion. The Zurich University of Applied Sciences came into being in September 2007 as a result of the merging of four hitherto independent institutions. There are now eight Schools offering education, continuing education, research and development, as well as consultancy and services. The governing body is made up of the President, the Managing Director and the Deans of each of the Schools, who also run the five units: Teaching, Research and Development, Continuing Education, International Affairs and Knowledge Management. Formerly a boiler factory, The eight Schools of the ZHAW, some of which have a long history, cover a broad range now a university: the of subjects: Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering (founded 1874), Health Profes- premises of the School of Architecture, Design and sions (2006), Applied Linguistics (1946), Life Sciences and Facility Management (1942), Civil Engineering. Applied Psychology (1923), Social Work (1908), Engineering (1874), and Management and Law (1968). They run 9 Master’s degree programmes and 26 Bachelor’s degree programmes for some 7,000 students. So as to enable former graduates and other interested specialists to take part in lifelong learning, the ZHAW Schools have also developed over 30 Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) and 70 Diploma and Certificate programmes (DAS and CAS) and continuing education courses. Interested parties have the choice of taking a further education course in order to specialise, acquire an addi- tional qualification or an interdisciplinary extension either of their original studies or their current profession.
  20. 20. 20 Schools Dean School of Architecture, Professor Stephan Mäder, dipl. Arch. ETH/BSA/SIA Institutes Design and Civil Engineering – Institute of Architecture and Building Technology The School of Architecture, Design and Civil Enginee- Bachelor’s degree programmes ring is one of the largest educational centres of its kind – B.A. in Architecture – B.Sc. in Civil Engineering in Switzerland and has a long tradition. It offers a Ma- ster’s and a Bachelor’s degree programme in the fields Master’s degree programmes of both architecture and civil engineering. – M.A. in Architecture – M.Sc. in Engineering The School offers outstanding educatio- Research topics Number of staff (FTE) nal opportunities to young professionals The Centre for Urban Landscape deals 40 in demanding careers. The close link with structure problems of urbanised spa- between the degree programmes and ces and their transformation processes. Number of students (October 2008) practice-oriented research and develop- Project partners are both the public sector 302 students in degree programmes ment, as well as continuing education and private interest groups. The Centre courses, creates synergies between the for Constructive Design is a research plat- Key regions for international cooperation two very different professions of architect form for matters dealing with material, struc- Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, Slovenia, Croatia, and civil engineer, thus fostering a spirit tural and general construction questions in Czech Republic of cooperation and mutual appreciation. the design of buildings, allowing for all dif- The School, although compact in size, ferent levels of production conditions and Contact covers a broad spectrum and collabora- seeking future-oriented solutions. The Cen- tes with leading universities at home and tre works with project partners from the abroad. construction industry and the building trade. The Section of Fibre-Reinforced Plastics Institute of Architecture and Building has made a name of itself in both research Technology and development of components made of At the Institute of Architecture and Buil- synthetic fibres. The Section is part of the ding Technology, the research, continuing Centre for Constructive Design. education and services activities of the School are all combined under one roof. Continuing education courses The two Centres of Urban Landscape The Platform for Continuing Education and Constructive Design are largely re- and Services makes up the rest of the sponsible for the modules in the Master’s School’s mandate. It offers a wide range degree programmes. Their strength lies in of continuing education courses and pla- the close interaction between research ces specialised skills at the disposal of and teaching, usually in collaboration with external partners from the business world partners from the construction industry or the public sector. The Platform has or the public sector. The Platform for Con- successfully run the three Certificate of tinuing Education and Services is also Advanced Studies programmes: Purcha- actively involved in a lively exchange ser Competence, Professional Planning of between practical experience and internal Lighting in Architecture and Urban Con- research. struction and Transport.
  21. 21. 21 Schools Dean School of Health Professions Professor Dr. Peter C. Meyer Institutes – Institute of Midwifery – Institute of Nursing Founded in 2006, the School of Health Professions – Institute of Occupational Therapy comprises Institutes of Occupational Therapy, Nursing, – Institute of Physiotherapy Physiotherapy and Midwifery. These four Institutes Bachelor’s degree programmes provide practice-oriented training and continuing edu- – B.Sc. in Midwifery cation courses in the disciplines they teach. They also – B.Sc. in Nursing – B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy conduct applied research. Interdisciplinary collabora- – B.Sc. in Physiotherapy tion and a national and international network of partner Master of Advanced Studies institutions are key aspects of the School’s work. – Gerontological Nursing The School is committed to research- Continuing education Number of staff (FTE) based professional practice. Its organisa- The continuing education courses are 72 tional structure is designed to foster close developed primarily for teaching profession- cooperation between teaching and re- specific expertise in Occupational Therapy, Number of students (October 2008) search. The Institutes of Occupational Nursing, Physiotherapy and Midwifery. 785 students in degree programmes Therapy, Nursing, Physiotherapy and Mid- Interprofessional courses are also offered. wifery all offer or are preparing Bachelor’s In conjunction with the Swiss Nurses’ Key regions for international cooperation and Master’s degree programmes as well Association, the School runs a Master of Europe, USA, Canada, Mongolia as continuing education courses, and Advanced Studies (MAS) course in Geron- conduct applied research in their respec- tological Nursing. Continuing education Contact tive disciplines. courses in Nursing Science, courses pre- paring healthcare professionals for the Studying at the School of Health conversion of their existing qualifications Professions into Bachelor’s degrees, an MAS in Each autumn over 300 students start their Neuro-muscular-skeletal Physiotherapy Bachelor’s degree programmes in Occu- and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in pational Therapy, Nursing, Physiotherapy Hand Therapy are being developed. Fur- and Midwifery. These programmes provide ther courses are planned. students with all the skills required for a scientifically sound approach to health- Research and development care practice in a system that is subject The School is committed to high-quality to ongoing change. Students learn how research, based on recognised scientific to put these skills into practice in a pro- and utilitarian principles. Projects must fessional manner when they embark on demonstrate practical and scientific rele- their careers. Special emphasis is laid on vance, excellence and originality. The problem-solving expertise using evidence School’s four Institutes each run their own that is based on scientific principles and is research unit. The School’s Centre for both considered and appropriate in its Health Sciences has wide-ranging expertise approach. The School is working with other in the quantitative and qualitative approa- universities to develop a number of con- ches applied to social science research secutive Master’s degree programmes. and also engages in interdisciplinary work.
  22. 22. “Working together means finding a common language.” Ricabeth Steiger «The people Ricabeth Steiger, Curator Historical Photography, Swiss National Museum Zurich are really nice Retirement in Switzerland: a challenge for language and integration. The here.» project examines the communication requirements of workforce immigrants Peter Mustermann, CEO Bestfirm AG of the so-called first generation who stay on in Switzerland after retirement. As an expert in visual ethnology, Ricabeth Steiger supports the School of Applied Linguistics in “photo elicitation“, a special method of inter- viewing: those being questioned are photographed in everyday situations so as to provide a pictorial represen- tation of their communication net- works. This pictorial material helps to determine the wishes and needs of the interviewees. The bright and airy corridors of the School of Applied Linguistics are popularly used as workplaces.
  23. 23. 24 Schools Dean School of Applied Linguistics Professor Dr. Urs Willi Institutes – IAM Institute of Applied Media Studies – ISBB Institute of Applied Linguistics for The School of Applied Linguistics is the only depart- Business and Education ment specialising in linguistics at a Swiss university of – IUED Institute of Translation and Interpreting applied sciences. Its aim is to ensure that communica- Bachelor’s degree programmes tion skills in business and the media attain professional – B.A. in Translation, specialising in standards – beyond language borders. Multilingual Communication Technical Communication Multimodal Communication (from autumn 2009) The School was founded in 1946 and Tailor-made continuing education – B.A. in Communication today comprises three Institutes: the and consulting Journalism / Organisational Communication Institute of Applied Media Studies, the In- The School’s consulting and continuing stitute of Applied Linguistics for Business education programmes focus on applying Master’s degree programmes and Education, and the Institute of Trans- in practice the skills acquired. The syllabus Scheduled to start in 2009: lation and Interpreting. In addition, the covers intercultural communication, specia- – M.A. in Applied Linguistics, specialising in School specialises in a range of specific lised translation, interpreting for official au- Conference Interpreting areas and has Centres in the fields of thorities and in court, media and technical Specialised Translation Computational Linguistics, Intercultural communication, terminology, computatio- Competence, Professional Writing, Ter- nal linguistics and languages. Scheduled to start in 2010: minology, Technical Communication and – M.A. in Applied Linguistics, specialising in German as a Foreign Language. The There are over 1,700 students following the Communication Consulting Centre for German as a Foreign Language continuing education courses, which com- Linguistic and Cultural Integration serves as an examination centre of the prise Masters of Advanced Studies, Certifi- Goethe Institute; over 1,000 students cates of Advanced Studies and continuing Master of Advanced Studies take Goethe Institute examinations at the education courses, which are also given as – Communication Management and Leadership Centre every year. in-house company training. Number of staff (FTE) Market-oriented studies Needs-oriented research and 127 The degree programmes at the School of development Applied Linguistics prepare students for a Research and development deal with Number of students (October 2008) broad range of sophisticated communication questions relating to applied linguistics 875 students in degree programmes assignments. For the Bachelor’s degree, and its application. Emphasis is laid on students select a specialist field from Jour- the practice- and needs-oriented imple- Key regions for international cooperation nalism, Multilingual Communication, Orga- mentation of the findings. Central and Northern Europe, North America, nisational Communication, Technical Com- Australia, India and Japan munication and Multimodal Communication. Focal points are the linguistic and organi- If all goes to plan, the School will offer a Ma- sational requirements of communication Contact ster’s degree programme in Applied Lingui- in the media and in business, aspects stics from autumn 2009, which will focus on of translation, language mediation and Conference Interpreting and Specialised knowledge transfer, computational linguis- Translation. The second phase, scheduled tics and research into language learning to start in autumn 2010, will introduce the and teaching. Special consideration is specialised fields of Communication Consul- given to multilingual and intercultural ting and Linguistic and Cultural Integration. communication.
  24. 24. 25 Schools Dean School of Life Sciences and Professor Dr. Urs Hilber Facility Management Institutes – IBT Institute of Biotechnology – ICBC Institute of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry – ILGI Institute of Food and Beverage Innovation The School of Life Sciences and Facility Management – IUNR Institute of Natural Resource Sciences in Wädenswil offers degree programmes, continuing – IFM Institute of Facility Management – IAS Institute of Applied Simulation education, research and services in the fields of biotechnology, chemistry, food technology, natural Bachelor’s degree programmes resource sciences as well as facility management. – B.Sc. in Biotechnology – B.Sc. in Chemistry – B.Sc. in Food Technology The School – a centre of excellence for Life Research and services – B.Sc. in Natural Resource Sciences Sciences and Facility Management – is lo- When it comes to knowledge and techno- – B.Sc. in Facility Management cated in an attractive setting in Wädenswil, logy transfer, the School works closely on the shores of the Lake of Zurich, with with the industrial and business sectors. Master’s degree programmes a second site in the Technopark in Zurich. – M.Sc. in Life Sciences Life Sciences is a term used to describe Research and services projects are tailo- (will start in autumn 2009) fields of research in natural sciences with red to meet the needs of the client, and – M.Sc. in Facility Management a strong interdisciplinary element and full use is made of relevant know-how (in preparation) specifically geared to a market economy and infrastructures. system. Facility Management complements The main focus is on: Master of Advanced Studies the field of natural sciences perfectly as – Institute of Biotechnology: – Facility Management it deals with the holistic management of biological process technology, micro-, – Excellence in Food (in preparation) premises, facilities and services. molecular- and cell biology, pharmaceu- tical technology Number of staff (FTE) Degree programmes and continuing – Institute of Chemistry and Biological 316 education Chemistry: Five Bachelor’s degree programmes are synthesis, processes and new materials, Number of students (October 2008) currently available: Biotechnology, Chemi- analytics and analytical technology, 903 students in degree programmes stry, Food Technology, Natural Resource protein technology, bio- and tissue- Sciences and Facility Management. From engineering Key regions for international cooperation autumn 2009 there will also be a Master of – Institute of Food and Beverage Innovation: Europe, key focal points also with partners Science in Life Sciences programme, and consumer needs, composition, shelf-life outside the EU/EFTA area a Master’s degree programme in Facility and safety, availability Management should start in 2010. Also – Institute of Natural Resource Sciences: Contact available are several practice-oriented Greening and health, protection of continuing education programmes, which natural resources, nature and leisure time range from technical courses, conferences – Institute of Facility Management: and training courses to continuing educa- life cycle management, energy manage- tion degree programmes. The fact that stu- ment, workplace management, FM in dent numbers are growing constantly, with health care excellent prospects on the labour market – Institute of Applied Simulation: for graduates, reflects the practice-oriented logistics and simulation, data analysis and emphasis of the teaching programme. statistics, web-based information transfer.
  25. 25. “Thanks to our international research cooperation, we are able to benefit from a great number of synergies.” Agnes von Wyl Dr. Agnes von Wyl, Head of research on psycho- therapy and mental health Research into the effectiveness of psychotherapeutic methods. In Swit- zerland there is a wide variety of out- patient psychotherapeutic procedures. Dr. Agnes von Wyl (ZHAW School of Applied Psychology) and her re- search partner, Prof. Volker Tschuschke (University of Cologne Clinic), were entrusted with the task of scientifically recording the effectiveness of these procedures. On the basis of their re- search findings, the various methods of treatment can be evaluated or even lead to psychotherapeutic treatment strategies. Ultimately it is the patients who benefit, but so do psychothera- pists and the public in general. The School of Applied Psychology offers a very wide selection of continuing education programmes and services.
  26. 26. 28 Schools Dean School of Applied Psychology / Professor Dr. Christoph Steinebach IAP Institute of Applied Institutes – IAP Institute of Applied Psychology Bachelor’s degree programme Psychology – B.Sc. in Applied Psychology Master’s degree programme The School of Applied Psychology is the centre of – M.Sc. in Applied Psychology competence for applied psychology with the leading Master of Advanced Studies studies programme in Europe. With its training and – Leadership and Management continuing education courses, its research and deve- – Training Management – Human Resources Management lopment activities, the school meets all the requirements – Supervision and Coaching in Organisations of a university of applied sciences. – Vocational, Study and Career Counselling – Systemic Psychotherapy Bachelor’s and Master’s students in Ap- courses for specialists and managers as – Systemic Counselling plied Psychology are trained to become well as psychologists. The School also runs – Art Therapy (in preparation) skilled general practitioners in applied tailor-made continuing education courses psychology, with scientifically-based for companies. Number of staff (FTE) competence in their subject and methodo- 66 (+ 150 external lecturers) logy as well as a high degree of personal The subjects covered are: leadership and and social skills. Graduates are fully change management, human resources Number of students (October 2008) accepted on the marketplace in all fields management and development, super- 230 students in degree programmes of applied psychology. vision and coaching, personality and com- 1,250 students in continuing education Courses are offered in Industrial and Or- munication, sports psychology, psycho- ganisational Psychology, Developmental therapy and consultancy, child and youth Key regions for international cooperation and Personality Psychology as well as in psychology, art therapy, vocational and Europe, USA Clinical Psychology. career counselling. Contact The Research and Development Division The IAP offers consulting services to examines and develops services, proce- private and public organisations, social dures and products in the above fields institutions, specialists and managers, and also in communication and media heads of schools, teachers, families, indi- psychology, as well as career and rehabi- viduals and couples. The focus is always litation psychology. The research concen- on the situation of the individual, and the trates on the actual effectiveness of approach adopted is that most suited to psychosocial interventions. the clients’ needs. Consultancy and continuing Consulting services include vocational education and study counselling, career counselling, Since 1923, the IAP Institute for Applied organisational and management advice, Psychology has been investigating scien- traffic and security psychology consulting, tifically-based solutions that actually work in psychological counselling for schools and practice. The continuing education cour- families, crisis counselling and psycho- ses cover instruction and further education therapy.
  27. 27. 29 Schools Dean School of Social Work Professor Dr. Ursula Blosser Bachelor’s degree programme – B.Sc. in Social Work The first social welfare courses were set up as early Master’s degree programme as 1908, marking the beginnings of social work in – M.Sc. in Social Work Switzerland. Over a period of one hundred years this Master of Advanced Studies led to the establishment of the School of Social Work, – Youth Care – Delinquency Risk Management and which deals with questions related to providing solu- Reintegration tions to social problems. – Socio-cultural Work – Supervision, Coaching and Mediation The School of Social Work offers a In addition to various professional de- – Social Management Bachelor’s degree programme in Social velopment courses, the programme con- Work comprising the traditional subjects of sists of 15 certificate courses (Certificate of Number of staff (FTE) Social Work, Social Pedagogy and Socio- Advanced Studies, CAS). Three CAS can 48 (+ 370 external lecturers) cultural Animation. The course of studies, be added together to make up a Master which is both scientifically based and of Advanced Studies (MAS). Number of students (October 2008) practice-related, is made up of modules The Research and Development Division 572 students in degree programmes and enables students to structure their offers situation analyses, needs analyses, 750 students in continuing education studies according to their own personal evaluations and concept developments. requirements. The course normally lasts As can be clearly seen in the example of Key regions for international cooperation for three years. the research project “Demand for Assis- Europe, Latin America The School also offers a Master’s degree tance in Older Immigrants“, emphasis is programme in Social Work, in cooperation also placed on questions of multicultur- Contact with the Departments of Social Work of the ality and integration. The starting point for Universities of Applied Sciences of Berne, the project is the fact that Switzerland Lucerne and St. Gallen. Graduates of the imports foreign workers and thus faces Master’s degree programme are qualified the challenge of integrating them socially. to deal with complex tasks in practical Many immigrants decide to stay on in issues as well as research and teaching. Switzerland after retirement. The research project allows those involved to voice Practice-related and specialised their opinions. The continuing education programme and the research and development projects of In addition to research, the School also the School are geared to topical issues in offers a range of tailor-made services the social sphere. The focal points are: geared to trained professionals, public – childhood, youth and parenting authorities, those working in an honorary – social gerontology or voluntary capacity, individuals, teams, – delinquency, crime and reintegration project groups, organisations and com- – socio-cultural work and community munity work in the fields of social welfare, development health, trade and industry, justice and – social management education. The integrated solutions com- prise in-house continuing education cour- The continuing education courses of the ses, planning consultancy, organisation School of Social Work are comprehensive. consultancy, supervision and coaching.
  28. 28. “With the ZHAW, I was given a feasible overall solution in one go.“ André Tünkers André Tünkers, Director of Tünkers Mechanical Engineering Company, Ratingen Germany Development of a robot for cleaning façades. There is virtually no limit to the possibilities open to architecture today. Yet once a building has been completed, unexpected problems often arise, one of them being the cleaning of the façades. André Tünkers commissioned the School of Enginee- ring to develop a partially autonomous robot for cleaning façades, and so two students in Systems Engineering designed a prototype robot to be used on the glass and ceramic façades of skyscrapers. The system is being tested on the ARAG skyscraper in Düsseldorf by the Tünkers Mechanical Engineering Company. The entrance hall of the School of Engineering was built in 1874.
  29. 29. 32 Schools Dean School of Engineering Professor Martin V. Künzli, dipl. El.-Ing. ETH Institutes – ICP Institute of Computational Physics – IDP Institute of Data Analysis and Process Design The School of Engineering, which is the oldest Poly- – InES Institute of Embedded Systems technic in Switzerland, combines innovation with tradi- – InIT Institute of Applied Information Technology – IMPE Institute of Materials and Process tion. Numerous institutes and centres of excellence Engineering conduct interdisciplinary research and development – IMES Institute of Mechanical Systems – IMS Institute of Mechatronic Systems projects in cooperation with the business world, with – INE Institute of Sustainable Development a corresponding effect on the teaching. – ITFE Institute of Thermo- and Fluid-Engineering Attractive and varied study programmes Research and development with a Bachelor’s degree programmes The School of Engineering (SoE) offers a more interdisciplinary focus – B.Sc. in Aviation broad range of study programmes, co- The SoE’s 13 specialised Institutes and – B.Sc. in Computer Science vering all aspects of a sound training in Centres of Excellence collaborate success- – B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering engineering. Some of the courses are uni- fully on an interdisciplinary basis, and the – B.Sc. in Engineering and Management que in Switzerland and the new Bachelor’s cooperation with industry and institutions – B.Sc. in Enterprise Computing degree programmes – Aviation and Trans- leads to innovative solutions. – B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering portation Systems – exemplify the skills – B.Sc. in Systems Engineering offered by the SoE in the transport sector. Practice-oriented research covers such – B.Sc. in Transportation Systems It is in particular the work on projects and areas as embedded systems, applied in- on the Bachelor’s degree, with specific formation technology, mechatronic systems, Master’s degree programme assignments from the industrial sector, mechanics, biomechanical engineering – M.Sc. in Engineering which ensures that the studies are closely and lightweight structures, materials and related to practice. process engineering, modelling and simu- Master of Advanced Studies Top graduates can proceed to a Master lation, digital signal processing and com- – Automation Management of Science in Engineering course, an munication engineering. A new research – Integrated Risk Management innovative degree programme involving field – transportation systems – has been – Micro- and Nanotechnology all the universities of applied sciences in introduced to improve networking between Switzerland. the Institutes. Number of staff (FTE) 330 Training courses and continuing Tailor-made range of services education Thanks to its broad range of specialised Number of students (October 2008) The School offers a wide variety of Certifi- fields and disciplines, the SoE is able to 1,104 students in degree programmes cate of Advanced Studies programmes offer comprehensive services to business and continuing education courses in such partners and institutions. The Institutes Key regions for international cooperation fields as energy technology, information and Centres of Excellence boast state of Europe, USA and communication technology, simulation, the art infrastructures, thus guaranteeing telecommunication and automatic con- speedy access to innovative technologies. Contact trol, mechatronics, chemical measurement These cover such fields as measuring and environmental technology, microelec- techniques, prototypes, product develop- tronics and risk management. ments, digitalisations, analyses, concept There are also four Master of Advanced and feasibility studies, certifications and Studies programmes, partly carried out in engineering services on an interdisciplinary association with other universities. basis.
  30. 30. 33 Schools Dean School of Management Professor André Haelg, lic. iur., MBA and Law Institutes – IBF Institute of Banking & Finance – IWR Institute of Business Law – IVM Institute of Public Management – WIG Winterthur Institute of Health Economics The ZHAW School of Management and Law is one of the leading business schools in Switzerland. It offers Bachelor’s degree programmes – B.Sc. in General Management, specialising in internationally recognised Bachelor’s and Master’s de- Accounting, Controlling, Auditing gree programmes, continuing education courses and Banking & Finance innovative research and development projects. Business Information Technology Economics and Politics General Management The courses at the ZHAW School of Mana- – Health Management International Management gement and Law are scientifically-based, – Culture & Sport Risk & Insurance interdisciplinary and practice-oriented. – Business Law – B.Sc. in Business Law The Bachelor’s degree programmes open Master’s degree programmes up career opportunities in global compa- Research and development – M.Sc. in Business Administration, specialising in nies at home and abroad. The Master’s Research and development at the School Marketing degree programmes concentrate on the is strictly practice-oriented. The findings Public and Nonprofit Management acquisition of more specialised skills. provide input for professionals and in turn – M.Sc. in Banking & Finance Over 2,000 students from Switzerland have an influence on the classes them- Master of Advanced Studies and abroad have enrolled in the School’s selves. In collaboration with public and – Arts Management eight different Bachelor’s programmes. private institutions, innovative concepts for – Business Administration The academic year 2008/2009 saw the solving problems in the fields of business – Business Analysis introduction of two new Master’s degree and administration are developed and – Business Information Technology programmes, giving students the oppor- scientifically tested. In individual projects, – Customer Relationship Management tunity to proceed from a Bachelor’s degree experienced project leaders, together – Financial Consulting to a more advanced course of studies. with assistants and students, undertake – Human Capital Management assignments from clients in business and – Human Systems Engineering Continuing education administration. In certain circumstances, – Managed Health Care The ZHAW School of Management and research plans are supported by state – Public Management Law offers a number of continuing educa- research sponsoring and implemented – Risk Management Banking & Finance tion courses linking up with the practical with partners actively working in the field. – Supply Chain- & Operations Management experience of the participants. Number of staff (FTE) There are 12 courses leading to a Master Services 199 (+ 100 external lecturers) of Advanced Studies, over 30 leading to a The ZHAW School of Management and Number of students (October 2008) Certificate, 3 leading to a Diploma as well Law has developed a whole series of 2,073 students in degree programmes as various courses in professional training standardised methods employed in busi- 800 students in continuing education and continuing education: ness and administration. Consulting and Key regions for international cooperation – Management and Leadership service projects are supervised solely by Europe, North and South America as well as the – Banking & Finance teachers and staff members with practical Asian Pacific area – Marketing experience. The School is committed to Contact – Business Information Management scientific principles and supports its – Human Capital Management partners in the development and imple- – Public Management mentation of scientifically-based concepts.
  31. 31. “Swiss people are really friendly!“ Lien Te-Hsing Lien Te-Hsing, exchange student at the School of Management and Law Semester abroad in the International Management studies programme. Lien Te-Hsing comes from Taipei and already holds two Bachelor diplomas in International Relations and Economics. He chose the ZHAW as part of his Master’s studies in International Busi- ness, which he is taking at the National Taiwan University. In Taiwan, Switzerland is regarded as a role model and an im- portant trading partner. The main aim of his semester abroad is to improve his German. Lien is very appreciative of the style of teaching at the School of Management and Law and the fact that one is allowed to ask critical questions. It is not only his German that has im- proved. Thanks to his semester abroad he has become more independent. The School of Management and Law is the one with the highest number of students at the ZHAW.