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ETHZ praised as a centre of knowledge

The Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) has contributed significantly to Switzerland’s prosperity, according to Interior Minister Didier Burkhalter.

Speaking at the traditional ETHZ-day, Burkhalter praised the institute as a centre of knowledge in Europe. He also called on ETHZ scientists to be aware of their responsibility to rest of the world.

Burkhalter emphasised the importance of fostering research partnerships with countries like China, India and Brazil while maintaining good “scientific diplomacy” with traditional partners like the US and Germany.

The interior minister also noted that federal funding for education and research would continue to be a priority.

According to the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings, the ETHZ occupies the 18th slot – making it Europe's highest-placed non-British institution.

swissinfo.ch and agencies

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