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ETH Zurich ranked among the best universities in the world

September 21, 2015

According to QS World University Rankings, ETH Zurich is among the top ten best universities in the world. VirtaMed, an ETH Spin-off, congratulates its place of origin, partner and alma mater to many of its employees for the global recognition.

ETH Zurich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, remains the best university outside the English-speaking world; in the category ‘Engineering & Technology’, ETH Zurich ranks 5th in the world. Founded in 1855, the university focuses on technology and natural sciences, and it educates some 18,500 students in engineering, architecture, mathematics, natural sciences, system-oriented sciences, and management and social sciences. The university also boasts 21 Nobel laureates that have studied, worked or conducted research at ETH Zurich.

VirtaMed is closely tied to ETH Zurich, and the company owes a big part of its success to the university’s entrepreneur-friendly environment. Both VirtaMed CEO Stefan Tuchschmid and COO Raimundo Sierra were PhD students at the ETH Computer Vision Laboratory under Prof. Gábor Székely. Moreover, a third of VirtaMed’s engineering staff has a degree from the university; including the four co-founders currently working for the company.

With close to 50 employees and offices in both Switzerland and the USA, VirtaMed has passed the start-up phase and turned into a steadily growing SME. However, the company still nurtures warm relations and strong collaboration with ETH Zurich through various research projects.

Dr. Tuchschmid is pleased by ETH’s ranking: “I am very proud of my alma mater’s success in global rankings, although not surprised. After all, VirtaMed as a company would not be where it is today without the support and expertise of ETH Zurich”.

Switzerland does not only host some of the best-achieving academic experts in the world; the country also does well in occupational comparisons. This August, Lars Tönz, a 19-year-old Swiss software developer, won gold in the professional WorldSkills 2015 competition In São Paulo, Brazil. Furthermore, Switzerland yet again topped the Global Innovation Index, published in mid-September.

“For a company that relies on good innovations, top-tier research and expert manufacturing, Switzerland is a great environment”, Dr. Tuchschmid acclaims.


Read more about Switzerland’s success:

ETH pushes into top ten

4th place for Swiss at World Skills championships

Switzerland tops Global Innovation Index again