The UBS International Center of Economics in Society is a new center of excellence with two main tasks. On the one hand it finances world-class economic research at all levels at the Department of Economics of the University of Zurich, supporting the department in its efforts to strengthen its leading position in Europe and become one of the best places in the world for economic research. On the other, the UBS Center promotes continuous dialogue between academia, politics and society, in an effort to help further strengthen Switzerland as a key location for business, education and knowledge.
The UBS Center is governed and financed by the UBS Foundation of Economics in Society, an independent foundation chaired by former Federal Councilor Kaspar Villiger. Its academic advisory board includes several winners of the Nobel Prize for Economics and other renowned scholars from all over the world.