Fast-growing and strong NLP community
The research institutes in Zurich are word-leading and attract an increasing number of ambitious, creative and diverse minds from every part around the globe. This leading position is not only manifested in rankings, but more importantly in positive research impact and strong collaboration with industry and academia. Zurich is a hotspot for information technology research and application. Google, IBM, Apple, Microsoft, Disney, Facebook, Credit Suisse and UBS are among many other big corporates that have headquarters and research laboratories in Zurich and maintain strong ties with the academic community. Supported by university- or government-funding or institutions such as the ETH AI Center, many graduates disseminate their research by founding start-ups. This, in turn, leads to a more vibrant start-up scene and cross-institute collaboration. Research funding in Zurich is very generous which translates into modern and spacious facilities, abundant computational resources and an excellent faculty-student ratio. Zurich offers a stimulating environment for seminal research with a local and global outreach.
Life in Zurich
Zurich is offering some of the best conditions for researchers in the world. While the cost of living is among the highest globally, wages are so too. Doctoral students are remunerated way above median earnings, so that they can afford an apartment in the city center and fully focus on their studies without having to worry about additional sources of income. The immigration policy is very stable and transparent as well. Therefore, international students and researchers can plan ahead and have security. There are many languages being spoken in Switzerland which not only makes it a great place to study NLP, but also a welcoming new home for internationals. While the four official languages are German, French, Italian and Romansh, you can get around without knowing any of these languages, since Zurich is a very international and open-minded place.
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If you have any questions about the NLP community in Zurich, about joining or collaborating with us, please do not hesitate to directly reach out to any one of us. You can find our contact information when clicking our names on the "People and Institutions" tab. You may also reach us at "info [at] zurich [hyphen] nlp [dot] ch". Please include [Zurich-NLP] in the subject line.