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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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Research and innovation policy Innovation promotion Higher education Events Swissnex Sustainable development Mobility Science and society International cooperation

Swissnex Day 2024: Planetary Thinking

Swissnex Day 2024 has put the spotlight on planetary thinking, featuring researchers, innovators, and artists who are unveiling new ways of looking at the relationship between humans and the planet. The event provided the opportunity to discuss working towards a future in which humans and their non-human neighbours can thrive together within planetary boundaries.

Larissa Erdmann
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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 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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