GIUZ Blog

The art of critical thinking

In a world where plenty different opinions are presented like they were universal truths, critical thinking might be one of the most important skills one can acquire. But what does critical thinking even mean? This essay was written as part of the GEO199 Small Group Teaching Course.

"Ghöreder ois?!": Leise Stimmen am Hauptbahnhof Zürich

Studierende erforschten im Frühjahrssemester 2021 die Bedürfnisse und Herausforderungen der Nutzer:innen dieses zentralen Orts. Diese veröffentlichten sie jetzt auf der Website www.zueri-urban.com.

Sharing, repairing and waste management: Bottom-up sustainability projects in Zurich

Are you interested in sustainability issues and want to learn about different projects in and around Zurich? Visit the website created by five geography students in the context of a self-organized-seminar!

Grossanlässe im Sport: Eine Podcastreihe von Studierenden

Grossanlässe im Sport werden in den Medien oft und kontrovers diskutiert, aktuell die Sommerolympiade 2021 in Tokio und die Weltmeisterschaft des Männerfussballs 2022 in Katar. In einer Podcastreihe betrachten Studierende diese aus verschiedenen Blickwinkeln.

Digitalisierung - Der Schlüssel zur Mobilität der Zukunft

Die Mobilitätswelt wandelt sich tiefgreifend. Kundenbedürfnisse verändern sich, Digitalisierung prägt immer stärker den Alltag. GIUZ-Alumna Daria Martinoni, Leiterin SBB Region Ost, sprach über die Chancen und Risiken.

He who digs a pit ... can learn a lot about soil science!

Since 2013, we have been the happy owners of a soil pit on Irchel Campus. There, we give our students some practical insights into what such profiles can look like in urban areas. Check it out in this short video captured by our drone!

Research insights

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to many presentations and webinars being held online. We have compiled some of them. Take a look and get an insight into our research at GIUZ!

„Geografe, nüme schlafe!“: Radikale Geographie in Zürich (1980–1990)

In early summer 1980, radical geography students rallied around the slogan „Geografe nüme schlafe!“ („Geographers, stop sleeping!“) to take part in the radical youth movement that shook the city of Zurich at that time. These activist students confronted the professorate with their demands for a new curriculum.

Heldinnen und Helden des Alltags

Viele Studierende, Dozierende, Mitarbeitende und Alumni der Universität Zürich engagieren sich als freiwillige Helferinnen und Helfer. Im Jahresbericht 2020 werden 15 Angehörige der UZH vorgestellt, die mit ihrem Engagement beeindrucken. Unter ihnen: Simon Eschle, Geographie-Student und Barmann.

Remote field research and silver linings

Combining the topic of agroforestry with fieldwork in rural Tanzania seemed like the golden combination for a fascinating master’s thesis. But then the pandemic came and travelling was impossible. Nevertheless, interviews took place and yielded highly interesting results – and second place in the SGAG Prize was finally the icing on the cake.