The year 2016 in review

Project team of the ETH week «A Story of Food» (Photo: ETH/Alessandro Della Bella).

26.03.2017 – The ETH Zurich Foundation has a good year to look back on: 500 new donors were added to the existing 4,400 supporters of the ETH Zurich Foundation. Together, they supported ETH Zurich’s unique projects with gifts amounting to CHF 48 million.

Two aspects of the private individuals among that number stand out: their generous relationship to the university and the age spectrum. The youngest donor was just 22 years old, while the oldest alumni sponsor already celebrated his 105th birthday. Private donors were particularly interested in the promotion of talent and also favoured innovations in teaching.

Foundations and organisations supported ETH Week and the Cybathlon, among other projects. Large business partners were involved mainly in the new ETH strategic initiatives: media technology and information security. They also supported long-term ETH priorities, such as personalised medicine, sustainable construction and global nutrition.

Unrestricted donations, an important funding instrument, made up a pleasing 4% of donations. These provide ETH with funds that it can use freely and according to the urgency of current research topics.


Annual Report 2016

All the funding stories and highlights from 2016 can be found in our new annual report 2016.

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Milestones 2016

    •  Innovations in teaching
      Donations to the field of teaching have enabled ETH to implement bold projects adapted to the current moment, such as the new Rector’s Impulse Fund and innovative teaching and learning methods. Further information.



    •  Media Tech Initiative
      the support from external partners has allowed ETH to establish a new professorship and a centre for media technology, which will help the Swiss media sector to make the most of technological advances. Further information.


    •  Open Lab for information security
      The commitment of external partners has enabled the Zurich Information Security and Privacy Center (ZISC) to put the Open Lab into operation. The innovative work environment supports open exchange between ETH researchers and business partners. Further information.


    •  New professorship for innovative and industrial construction
      Support for a new ETH professorship in the field of innovative and industrial construction will contribute to process optimisation along the entire value-added chain in the construction industry. Further information.




  •  World’s first Cybathlon
    countless private individuals, organisations, foundations and companies contributed with their donations to the successful implementation of this major event, which showed how modern assistance technologies can help people with disabilities in everyday life. Further information.


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