We arrived in Zurich in the late afternoon and had a bit of a hike from the train station to our hotel. It is quite warm here. We dropped off our bags and some of us walked a short way to walk around the campuses of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich. We were also treated to a beautiful view of the city. The group assembled at about 7:30 to walk to dinner down along the River Zurich. We had some yummy cheese fondue, sausage, rosti and ice cream for dessert. Once again a delicious meal highlighting the regional cuisine. After a night of rest we met with several representatives of the University of Zurich, including the President, Prof. Dr. Andreas Fischer who described the Swiss educational system of universities and the distinction of the canton supported vs federally supported institutions. We also heard from Dr. Yasmine Inauen about the Euroscholars program which fosters reach opportunities for undergraduates. Lastly, Vivien Kappel described the Graduate campus which was established in 2010. It is addressing issues of quality assurance, transferable skills for doctoral students, promoting interdisciplinary interactions, and fostering best practices. Another whirlwind experience.
We headed for the train station for a beautiful ride to Lugano. More later. Here are some photos from Zurich.