Epochs in the history of ETH Zurich

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ETH Zurich has had an eventful past. A look back at the university’s history illustrates its successful transformation into an institute of technology and reveals a piece of Swiss contemporary history.

Main Building at ETH Zurich in the 19th century
The Main Building at ETH Zurich in the 19th century…
ETH Zurich Hönggerberg campus
...and the Hönggerberg campus as it looks today

A detailed look at the epochs in the history of ETH Zurich

Epoch Key dates
1848-1855 The polytechnical realisation of a long-held dream
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1855-1904 Striking a balance between university, factory and laboratory
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1904-1911 From a polytechnical institution to a university
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1911-1968 The flagship of national science
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1968-1973 Co-determination seen as a problem
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1973-2005 Greater flexibility, more information technology
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Since 2005
ETH today
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The contents shown here were drawn up as part of the “ETHistory 1855-2005” project. The project website, an online exhibition set up by the Institute of History at ETH Zurich, offers a great deal of additional information on the history of ETH Zurich and allows users to go on a virtual journey through time, exploring 150 years of university history.
www.ethistory.ethz.ch

 
 
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26.03.2017
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