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The University of Zurich

The University of Zurich leads Switzerland's institutions of higher education in several ways: With well over 4000 staff, of which 2500 lecturers (including close to 400 professors), and some 23,000 students (around 2000 graduates a year) it is by far the largest university in Switzerland. With its around 140 institutes, departments and clinics, it offers the widest educational spectrum of any single university in the country. 

In research, the University of Zurich has distinguished itself, among other things, for its globally recognized achievements in immunology, brain research and molecular biology. It has had its fair share of Nobel Prizewinners, mainly in these fields (with Rolf M. Zinkernagel, Nobel Prizewinner in Medicine in 1996, as the latest one). One of its most famous professors was certainly Albert Einstein early this century but the liberal arts, law and business administration, and computer sciences are other fields for which the university has become well known outside Switzerland during the last decades. 

Researchers, teachers and students at the University of Zurich profit from the excellent technical and scientific infrastructure that Zurich as a city provides. Apart from the University's own institutions this includes a large number of archive collections (such as the James Joyce Collection), libraries (mainly the Central Library, one of the larger non-technical libraries in Europe), and the nearby Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) with its annex institutes (such as the Paul Scherrer Institute) and its own research library (one of the largest technical libraries in Europe), as well as private institutions of research (such as the IBM Research Institute in Rüschlikon near Zurich).

The Institute of Computational Linguistics

Since 1994 there was a chair in Computational Linguistics at the University of Zurich. In 2001, the Institute of Computational Linguistics was founded as an independent institute. Permanent staff consists of one professor, two lecturers, and one assistant. The institute is, in technical and administrative terms, adjoined to the Department of Informatics. Around 120 students are enrolled in the degree programs in Computational Linguistics. In 2006 the first Bachelor program will start, with the first MA program to follow in 2008.

UniZH partner leader About Michael Hess

Michael Hess is a professor of computational linguistics at the University of Zurich. His research interests include text-based intelligent systems (in particular, answer extraction and question answering), computational semantics, text mining, and using linguistic methods in Web-based teaching. He received a PhD in Russian linguistics and modern history from the University of Zurich.