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Strong Partners in STEM

CSL Behring in Switzerland enters partnership to support STEM students at ETH, one of the world’s best universities.

Exterior of the domed Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland
One of the best universities in the world: Nobel Prize winner Albert Einstein studied and lectured at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. Image: © ETH Zürich / Gian Marco Castelberg

Switzerland’s largest city – Zurich – ranks among the best cities in the world for both quality of life and top universities. It’s home to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), the sixth best in the world, according to the QS World University Ranking 2020.

Since 1855, the renowned university has produced distinguished scientists and Nobel Prize winners such as Wilhelm C. Roentgen (graduate) or Albert Einstein (graduate and professor). That track record, combined with the university’s emphasis on diversity, made it a perfect fit for a partnership with CSL Behring. Since September, the company has been corporate partner for the ETH Zurich Career Center.

ETH brings together people of different ages, sexes, cultures and religions to form “more than just a collection of individuals, but an environment that is rich in perspectives and opinions," said Evelyne Kappel, Head of ETH Career Center.

With a strong scientific focus in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) – more than 21,000 students and 95% STEM courses – ETH Zurich makes a significant contribution to the economic innovation sector.

"Through our partnership with ETH, we are continuing to enhance CSL as an employer of choice,” said Jasmin Senior Bostic, CSL’s Senior Manager, University Relations Recruiting. “These efforts will allow us to deepen our relationships with the university and attract creative, innovative, thought leaders to our organization." 

Recently, CSL Behring professionals who are also alumni of ETH shared tips and advice with students at a virtual event called "Grow Your Biotech Career as Women in STEM.” Discussion centered on how women can successfully shape a career in the sciences and what they can expect from an employer with a diversity focus.

"What motivated me was the pivotal advice about having self-confidence as women in STEM,’’ said Sara El Telt, a master student in Chemical Engineering who attended the online event. ‘’I have learned t that excellent communication competencies and teamwork are essential in working in global biotech industry.’’

Concluding the event with a word cloud exercise, the attendees shared the qualities they are seeking in a future employer. "Support" and "respect" ranked high, as did a German word:  “entwicklungsmöglichkeiten.” It means room to grow.

word cloud that says support, innovation, respect