The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich has the best reputation of all universities in continental Europe, according to many rankings.  ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, is a leading player in research and education in Switzerland and worldwide.  ETH Zurich’s 16 departments offer Bachelor, Master and Doctoral programmes in engineering and natural sciences. The language of instruction in the Bachelor programmes is German, whereas English is the prime language on the graduate level.

The links with business and industry are very close, Zurich being the economic center of Switzerland and home to numerous international companies. And beyond world-class education, Zurich also offers many other quality-of-life highlights. Zurich has a metropolitan flair, excellent sports facilities, an extensive range of cultural and recreational offerings – and a very vibrant nightlife.

Times Higher Education magazine shows the ETH breaking into the top 20. The elite university moved up from 22nd to 20th place in the annual World Reputation Rankings, which were topped by Harvard University, ahead of other US and UK “super-brands”. “Being described as ‘Switzerland’s number one institution in continental Europe’ comes as a confirmation of the excellent reputation ETH Zurich enjoys within the scientific community,” media spokesman Roman Klingler said. But the news wasn’t all good for Switzerland, which went from having three representatives in the top 100 to just two this year.

The World Reputation Rankings are based on a survey of senior academics and claim to provide the only global index showing the power of university brands.

The ETH is also a good place for inmigrants  and talents from the 3rd world. The Swiss university offers a broad variety of scholarships.