What is my study colleagues and WG-Enjoyed Jacques and Étienne make today? In the mid-1980s, I came from Geneva and at the ETH in Zurich to study physics, and was surprised at how quickly contacts here with a lid. Maybe because we were thrown first-year students in a particularly demanding learning environment. The requirements, which was equal to, were strict, and everything was new to me: of course, the level of the conveyed substance to the city and a good part of the language.
Quickly became clear to me: Almost everything can be overcome, if we are to tackle it together. Learning and examinations, preparing for, celebrating success, a house, failure to get over (yeah, it was me) and, not least, much-needed “time-outs” to enjoy, such as playing Sport, in the mountains. Universities have always been more than just educational institutions, namely social networks avant la lettre, only authentic. In short: places are awarded, the life of practice.

friends for life

What you experienced together. Also, if the tape is later relaxed, it will not shatter. The oldest universities, for example Oxford and Cambridge, used from 13. Century, the idea of life-long loyalty of its Alumni (Latin for “pupils”). Modern, Yes, professional expression of Alumni networks were then at the beginning of the 19th century. Century of prestigious US universities like Yale, Harvard or Princeton. This not detected early, the Thousands of Former as professionals constitute only a key resource for the economy and society. But that you can give your Institution a lot back: reputation and, not least, financial support.

A connection with personalities

In the last few decades have moved closer to the Swiss universities of their Former networks to the attention of the gold standard of Anglo-Saxon role models. “My” ETH Alumni Association is celebrating this year the 150. Birthday is today a well-oiled network of relationships, which provides, among other things, with coaching important professional start-up assistance. It includes over 30 000 active members and about as many, or new castle residents.
And as diverse as these cities are also the personalities that have emerged from the ETH. For example, the WEF founder, Klaus Schwab, entrepreneur Jörg Sennheiser, or Chancellor, Walter Thurnherr. Or the Nobel prize winners Richard Ernst and Kurt Wüthrich, the architects Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron and Tilla Theus, the comedian Fabian Unteregger, as well as the Olympic champion Dominique Gisin. The list can be lengthened at will. You mean the tools, the supplies, the ETH is: to create the desire and skills, New and Remarkable, for the Benefit of the economy and society. This also applies to my study friends, Jacques and Etienne. Both have embarked on new and exciting paths, the a as the IT expert, the other as a robotics scientist. I consider myself fortunate to have this circle.