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Teaching and Educational Development

UZH Curriculum

A cohesive curriculum is a promise of quality toward our students. It allows for students’ workloads to be goal-oriented and for instructors’ teaching loads to be organized with the highest possible impact.

Established by the Office of the Vice President Education and Student Affairs, UZH Curriculum is a set of university-wide quality standards for attractive academic programs. The faculties can use the following six criteria to evaluate, rework or completely redevelop their study programs, modules and courses.


The University of Zurich aims to awaken curiosity and promote the analytical and critical thinking skills of its students. Research-based teaching actively involves students in the research process and allows them to deal with important scholarly and scientific issues, methods and findings in an independent manner.



Studying with a great deal of freedom means acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to achieve one’s future goals. Concrete learning objectives provide clarity about what students can expect from a higher education program and what is expected of them in return.



Successful students take ownership for their actions and help shape society. Students who are involved in teaching and teaching-related processes strengthen their confidence and acquire important skills for their future life paths.



Learning is particularly effective when students can connect course content with their specific interests, experiences and prior knowledge. In the context of digital transformation in particular, new possibilities are emerging for achieving the learning objectives of a particular study program via individualized learning paths.


Studying at the University of Zurich equips students to analyze and address complex issues in a scientifically sound manner from a variety of perspectives. The inter- and transdisciplinary components of study programs strengthen students’ joined-up thinking skills.


Successful interpersonal communication between people with different cultural backgrounds is becoming more and more important in our increasingly globalized world. Having a wide variety of international touchpoints in teaching, combined with new forms of student mobility, serve to expand students’ horizons and their personal networks.

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Want to develop and refine the curriculum of your study program? Have ideas but aren’t sure how to proceed? Get in touch with us.


Educational Development Office
Curriculum Development
Balthasar Eugster