Why Switzerland?

Switzerland is a hub for excellent education, science, technology and innovation. It has outstanding universities with numerous programs, many world-class public research institutions, and a thriving private sector that encourages research and development. Innovation and research are seen as a priority in Switzerland, with about 3% of the country’s GDP being invested in R&D.

Switzerland is the world’s most innovative country according to the 2019 UN Global Innovation Index, a position it has maintained for nine consecutive years. Swiss universities regularly hold strong positions in international rankings – ETH in Zurich has climbed to number 6 on the 2020 QS university ranking.

Many Swiss universities work in close collaboration with universities in the United States. Switzerland also has among the highest numbers of publications per million inhabitants and 84% of all jointly-written publications are the result of international cooperation. Indeed, there is stronger collaboration between Swiss and U.S. scientists, than with any other country, including Swiss collaborations at home. Swiss research institutions take pride in their international environment, with English being the commonly used language.

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