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University of Zurich, Switzerland


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The University of Zurich is the largest university in Switzerland and a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). Regularly ranked among the top universities in the world, it conducts fundamental and applied research in all substantive areas, organized in seven faculties. UZH is internationally well established and connected via a large network of formalized collaborations. Complementary, a large number of its graduate students and scholars have an international background. With strong MA and Ph.D. programs both in the natural and the social sciences UZH takes a leading role in Switzerland and beyond. ISEK, the Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, is, in turn, the largest of its kind in Switzerland regarding student enrolment and faculty members. It is a leading academic unit with particular expertise in Asia, with chairs specializing in South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Central Asia, and thematically on globalization, processes of economic and social transformation, religion, material culture as well as migration studies. With more than 40 Ph.D. students in anthropology, it is one of the largest and most experienced departments worldwide when it comes to graduate teaching and research. This is combined with strong expertise in methodology and theory as well as linkages to national and international organizations of applied research.