Departments and Competence Centres
With its 16 departments ETH Zurich covers a broad academic spectrum.
The departments are the organisational units that bring together those members of the university working in a particular academic field. They are responsible for education, research and services in that field.
The departments are composed of institutes or laboratories, professorships and department-specific bodies.
Interdisciplinary centres, competence centres and networks
Interdisciplinary centres, competence centres and networks encourage cross-disciplinary cooperation. ETH Zurich thus promotes an interlinked, interdisciplinary way of thinking, which is exactly what is required for solving complex social issues.