The Federal Act on the Funding and Coordination of the Higher Education Sector (Higher Education Funding and Coordination, HEdA) has been in force since 1 January 2015. This act serves the basis for the new Rectors' Conference of Swiss Higher Education Institutions.
In autumn 2012, the universities, universities of applied sciences and arts and universities of teacher education in Switzerland together founded swissuniversities, paving the way for the merger of the rectors' conferences that existed at the time – CRUS, KFH and COHEP (Statutes swissuniversities (german, french).
swissuniversities works to strengthen and enhance collaboration among Swiss institutions of higher education and promotes a common voice on educational and research issues in Switzerland. Furthermore, swissuniversities performs coordination tasks and acts on the international level as the national rectors' conference for all universities, universities of applied science and arts and universities of teacher education in Switzerland.
The rectors' conference has the following bodies:
- Plenary assembly
- University-specific chambers
- Delegations and delegates
- General Secretariat
Duties and responsibilities of the rectors' conference
The rectors' conference has the following duties and responsibilities:
It issues statements related to the affairs of the Swiss Conference of Higher Education Institutions and submits requests to it on behalf of the universities. In addition, it represents the interests of the Swiss universities on the national and international levels. It can take on mandates from the federal government as well as programme and project management. Furthermore, the rectors« conference maintains an information centre for the academic recognition of the equivalence of domestic and foreign university diplomas (Swiss ENIC; responsibility for issuing professional licences remains reserved to political institutions). The rectors» conference performs its duties at the plenary assembly, on the basis of delegation resolutions at the plenary assembly in the chambers or through delegations or delegates.