ETH Zurich endeavours to promote sustainable development at international level and with worldwide partners in the fields of research, teaching and consulting. In order to achieve this goal, ETH Zurich has entered into a number of alliances and works closely together with partner organisations. Emphasis is consistently placed on a philosophy of networking coupled with an interdisciplinary approach.
International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU)
The International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) is a partnership between ten international leading universities. The goal of this Alliance is to provide close collaboration in the areas of research, teaching and campus sustainability. In addition to local projects, IARU is engaged in global projects, with particular emphasis on the themes of climate change, energy, security, life expectancy and health. IARU strives to develop co-operational research projects with industry, non-profits and governments.
Climate-KIC was launched as an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) designated to drive innovation in the area of climate change adaptation and mitigation through an integrated European network of global and regional partners from the private, public and academic worlds. ETH Zurich is one partner of the Climate-KIC community-driven European initiative.
International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN)
The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) provides a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching. The ISCN is an initiative which is supported and directed by ETH Zurich, EPFL and Novatlantis.
Global University Leaders Forum (GULF)
In 2006, the World Economic Forum initiated the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF). The Global University Leaders Forum was founded in 2006 from an initiative originating at the World Economic Forum (WEF). Today GULF consists of 23 leading
universities from nine countries. The goal of the network is to further the collaboration of partner universities in the field of international politics. With the World Economic Forum as a partner, GULF is able to influence the agenda of global politics.
GlobalTech Alliance was founded by ETH Zurich together with other well-known international universities. By joining the network, ETHZ strengthened its position as a global research leader. The goal of the GlobalTech Alliance is to tackle global problems such as global warming or water scarcity with technical expertise.