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Scholarships Higher education Talent promotion

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships, more than just a career springboard...

At the end of 2023, the Federal Council fully renewed the composition of the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS). We took the opportunity to interview Prof. Dr Stefano Bernasconi (ETH), the newly appointed FCS President, and the two former Co-Presidents Prof. Dr David Giauque (UniL) and Prof. Dr Michael Gibbert (USI). The three were asked to comment on the importance of Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.

Walter Grossenbacher-Mansuy
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Opinions Professional education VPET system Continuing education VPET policy ERI policy Lifelong learning

Recognising the value of the professional education sector

Professional education is a winning concept: it enables adults holding vocational qualifications to pursue more advanced training at tertiary level, thus ensuring that the labour market has an adequate supply of highly skilled workers. It is in Switzerland’s best interest to preserve the professional education sector as one of our competitive strengths.

Rémy Hübschi
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VPET system Vocational education and training Review and revision of training programmes Apprenticeship market Sustainable development Shortage of skilled labour

How a new occupation is created: examples from the solar energy sector

In 2023, SERI approved and issued VET ordinances and training plans for a total of 50 new or revised occupations. Here we examine two new occupations relating to solar panel installation, which are intended to further the aims of sustainability and environmental protection.

Florian Berset
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Martina Hirayama State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation
Opinions ERI policy ERI Dispatch

Striking the right balance

In early March, the Federal Council submitted its Dispatch on the Promotion of Education, Research and Innovation for 2025-2028. The corresponding budget proposal takes federal tasks into account, addresses major societal challenges. The general aim is to ensure that available federal funding is evenly distributed so that the entire ERI system will continue to strengthen over time.

Martina Hirayama
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