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Erasmus+ International cooperation in education Higher education European cooperation International cooperation Mobility

Progress towards a European Degree

In the spring of 2024, the EU presented a series of proposals for a European-wide joint degree following analysis of experiences with joint study programmes run by European university alliances. Swiss higher education institutions, such as the University of Zurich, were also actively involved.

Jérôme Hügli
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VPET system VPET policy Review and revision of training programmes ETH Domain Higher education Higher education policy Research and innovation policy National Research Programmes Innovation promotion Space sector Sustainable development In a nutshell

Education, research and innovation as drivers of sustainable development

Swiss education, research and innovation policy is faced with challenges that have significance across all areas of the ERI-sector. One of these is sustainable development. Here is a brief overview of the relevant activities.

Larissa Erdmann
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Opinions Professional education VPET system Continuing education VPET policy ERI policy Lifelong learning Shortage of skilled labour

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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Two apprentices in work clothes and helmets work on solar panels on a flat roof.
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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