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Science & Education policy

Swiss University Conference (CUS)
The Swiss University Conference (CUS) is a joint organization of the cantons and the Confederation for university politics. It has the power to enforce a number of decisions in defined areas and tasks such as recognition of academic bodies and courses, directives on evaluation of teaching and research, directives on knowledge transfer in research and directives on the length of studies and recognition of previous studies.

Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK)
The CDEP coordinates the work of the cantonal ministers of education on a national level. The website offers an overview of the education systems with key facts, statistics and contacts to all cantonal education departments, and links to Education Research centers.

Swiss Science and Innovation Council (SSIC)
The Swiss Science and Innovation Council (SSIC/SWIR) is the advisory body of the Federal Council, or government, in all matters relating to science policy.

Vocational Education & Training
This portal is Switzerland’s webportal for career advising services. It also includes information on how to look for an apprenticeship in fourteen languages.

State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation SERI
SERI works closely with the Cantons and professional organizations to coordinate vocational education and training. This website provides a short introduction to the VET and PET system as well as some facts and figures.

Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training SFIVET
SFIVET is the Swiss governmental center of competence for the provision of tertiary-level basic and continuing training to VET actors, for the development of professions and for VET research. SFIVET informs about current VET research programs, continuing education courses, and basic training programs.

Higher Education

Brochure Higher Education and Research in Switzerland 2016
This brochure offers a comprehensive overview of the Swiss higher education and research landscape.

Studying in Switzerland
Provides an overview of all major institutes of higher learning in Switzerland as well as information about study opportunities, study programs in English, scholarships, admission, tuition, and living in Switzerland.

Cooperation between the three rectors’ conferences mentioned below with the aim to form the joint national rectors’ conference of Swiss universities by the end of 2014 (according to the new universities promotion and coordination bill.

Overview: Study Programs at Swiss Universities
Provides an overview of all the degrees offered by each university in all fields of study.

This association promotes continuing education at Swiss universities.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists
The Swiss Government, through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), awards various postgraduate scholarships to foreign scholars, researchers and artists.

The Ranking Forum of Swiss Universities
Helps to find the latest international ranking of Swiss universities.

Center of Accreditation and Quality Assurance of the Swiss Universities
The AAQ safeguards and promotes the quality of teaching and research at universities in Switzerland.