Founded in 1855, ETH Zurich today offers researchers an inspiring environment and students a comprehensive education as one of the leading international universities for technology and the natural sciences. ETH Zurich regularly appears at the top of international rankings as one of the best universities in the world. 21 Nobel Laureates have studied, taught or conducted research at ETH Zurich, underlining the excellent reputation of the institute. More than 400 professors teach and conduct research in the areas of engineering, architecture, mathematics, natural sciences, system-oriented sciences, and management and social sciences. Currently over 17,000 students from approximately 80 countries, 3,700 of whom are doctoral candidates, study at ETH.
The Institute of Machine Tools and Manufacturing (IWF), with approximately 40 primarily scientific employees and close cooperation with another 40 scientific staff members of an industry oriented transfer institute (inspire), represents one of the larger institutes at the ETHZ. The IWF is focused on national and international cooperation with suppliers of machine tools and related services, currently involved in over 30 ongoing projects in the field of machining processes, machine design, simulation, virtual reality and additive manufacturing.