Annual report 2023

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swissuniversities - Annual report 2023

In the annual report 2023, swissuniversities reports on the topics that were in focus in 2023 and presents facts and figures.


In February 2023, I had the pleasure of taking up my post as President of swissuniversities - the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss universities. swissuniversities is the umbrella organisation for all 38 Swiss universities. At the heart of swissuniversities’ activities is the representation of the position and interests of all types of Swiss universities. 

In 2023, preparatory work began on the new Education, Research and Innovation (ERI) Message 2025–2028. swissuniversities closely followed the drafting of the ERI Message 2025–2028, in particular by arguing for adequate financial resources to enable universities to fulfil their missions and maintain their level of excellence. Throughout the year, swissuniversities also made a case for Switzerland’s re-association with the European framework programmes, Horizon Europe and Erasmus+. The year 2023 was therefore marked by a number of topical issues that are essential for the future of Switzerland as a scientific centre: for both education and research, favourable framework conditions are essential, both financially and institutionally. The prosperity and independence of Switzerland’s future generations depend on favourable conditions for the creation and transmission of knowledge. 

Over the course of a vast number of interviews and meetings at national and international level, I was able to establish that Swiss universities are recognised and appreciated for their quality and performance in research and education. This recognition is the fruit of decades of work and commitment: the fact that Swiss education and research are as robust as they are today is thanks to the foresight of the decision-making bodies in the past. Now it is our turn to secure the future of this unique position and to commit ourselves to its further development.

On behalf of swissuniversities, I would like to thank all the individuals and institutions for their support and good cooperation. I look forward to continuing to work towards constructive solutions and to representing the voice of higher education in the future.


Dr. Luciana Vaccaro
President swissuniversities


The central task of the General Secretariat of swissuniversities is to support the universities. In 2023, it continued to deal with various topics relating to the national and international development of the higher education landscape. Key topics included accompanying the work on the ERI Dispatch, the development of Open Science with a focus on Open Research Data and Open Access, as well as the organisation of specific programmes on current issues relating to teaching, research and international networking. The General Secretariat of swissuniversities also provided services for the verification of diplomas, the registration and organisation of aptitude tests for medical studies and the provision of scholarships. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff in the General Secretariat for their competent, committed, and constructive work.

The umbrella organisation is primarily supported by its members. In the various committees, they develop the basis for a common understanding of university matters and thus enable the formulation of consolidated positions. In 2023, swissuniversities reviewed the content and composition of the various delegations and delegates on specific issues. Their roles and potential synergies were analysed in a survey. The results of this evaluation will lead to adjustments to the committees in spring 2024.

swissuniversities welcomed two new members in 2023: the Pädagogische Hochschulinstitut NMS Bern, PH NMS Bern, and the Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training, SFUVET. This means that swissuniversities now counts 38 members.

The Swiss higher education landscape is constantly evolving and is in a good position to meet current and future challenges thanks to a culture of cooperation. On behalf of the General Secretariat, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to constructive solutions in the interests of the universities and Switzerland by participating in discussions and working on projects.


Dr. Martina Weiss
Secretary General swissuniversities

swissuniversities at a glance


Start of operations






20 men / 37 women
45.35 full-time positions

21 788 797

Grants for projects (in CHF)






12 universities
10 universities of applied sciences and arts
16 universities of teacher education

271 245

Number of students 2023/2024


universities 166 034
universities of applied sciences and arts 81 748
universities of teacher education 23 463


Proportion of women among students

universities 52%
universities of applied sciences and arts 49%
universities of teacher education 71%

Topics addressed by swissuniversities 2023

swissuniversities covered a wide range of topics in 2023. These included the following 3 priority topics:



Consultation on the Dispatch on the Promotion of Education, Research and Innovation (ERI) 2025–2028

Every four years, the Federal Council submits a dispatch on the promotion of education, research and innovation (ERI) to the Federal Assembly, in conjunction with the legislative programme. This message is of strategic importance for the universities and other players in the ERI sector, as it defines the priorities, objectives and measures for the new period and requests the funding needed to implement them.

The year under review saw the first ever consultation on the ERI 2025–2028 message. The consultation ran from June to September and swissuniversities submitted a statement in this context.

swissuniversities welcomes the strategic importance accorded by the Federal Council to education and research and appreciates their importance for our country. The umbrella organisation is aware of the Confederation’s delicate financial situation, but considers that this should not lead to substantial financial cuts in the ERI sector. However, the contributions for the ERI sector proposed in the ERI 2025–2028 message will lead to a painful dismantling of the services provided by Swiss universities. This situation jeopardises the quality of the universities and their contribution to Switzerland’s attractiveness as a centre of research and innovation. Knowledge is our country’s most important resource and the key to its prosperity. swissuniversities calls on the public authorities to guarantee adequate funding for universities and institutions promoting research and innovation. Without such investments, the universities cannot guarantee the maintenance and development of top-quality education, research and innovation in our country.


Promoting young talent

The promotion of young talent is a fundamental mission of higher education institutions: it enables them to guarantee the excellence of their teaching and research and to train qualified personnel for society and the economy. In this way, they are able to ensure that their responses to current societal, cultural, technological and economic challenges are relevant.

The doctorate is the main tool for qualifying these young people. In order to monitor the development of the quality and attractiveness of doctoral education, swissuniversities has carried out a review of the implementation of its position on doctoral education in 2023. This assessment, based on a survey conducted among swissuniversities members, identified current challenges, including the implementation of thesis co-supervision. The report also highlighted the good practices developed by the institutions of higher education, such as the guarantee of protected time for doctoral candidates to advance their research.

Mobility is another fundamental element in the training of young researchers. The programme P-1 "Doctoral Education" continued to be deployed and supported doctoral students in their mobility projects. A mid-term-report emphasised the need to ensure long-term support for mobility - in the many forms it can take - within higher education institutions, which need to take a systemic approach to these issues in the overall context of the promotion of young talent.

The P-1 programme also supports doctoral programmes at universities of teacher education and universities of applied sciences in order to offer young people from these institutions the opportunity to have access to doctoral education. An assessment carried out by independent experts highlighted the positive impact of the programme and the importance of continuing these efforts, in particular to give the supported projects time to become sustainable and to reach out to smaller institutions and smaller disciplines.

In this way, universities, universities of applied sciences and universities of teacher education are committed to promoting optimal working, teaching and research conditions that enable young researchers to develop their full potential. swissuniversities published a position paper on the common challenges faced by these three types of institution with their complementary profiles in terms of promoting the next generation of researchers, for example in terms of promoting quality and career planning. The position paper also highlights the specific strengths of each of them and the relevance of facilitating the mobility of researchers from one to the other.

Initial discussions on a programme to promote young researchers for the years 2025-2028 have been taking place over the past year. With this programme, the institutions of higher education will continue their commitment to promoting young talent, particularly in the postdoctoral phase and in cooperative doctoral programmes.


Scientific policy advice

On 8 December 2023, the framework agreement for scientific advice was signed by the Federal Chancellery, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation and the six scientific organisations swissuniversities, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, the ETH Board, Innosuisse, the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Science Council. Already in the run-up to crises, this creates clarity regarding the cooperation process and ensures broad support in the scientific community. Ad hoc scientific advisory bodies may be involved in crises if the Federal Council deems it appropriate when activating an interdepartmental crisis organisation.

"Red telephone" at swissuniversities

Together with the federal government, the scientific organisations have drawn up regulations, including a code of conduct that clarifies the division of roles between science and politics in future crises. The Federal Chancellery suggested for the federal administration to have a clearly defined contact point at one of the participating scientific organisations. This would then also act as a central coordination centre in future crisis situations. The presidents of the ERI institutions have agreed that this central coordination office should be anchored at swissuniversities. swissuniversities will be contacted as an interface to the federal government in the event of a crisis and will ensure coordination between the ERI institutions. The six major scientific organisations in Switzerland will jointly propose experts for participation in an advisory body. The Confederation subsequently confirms the named experts as members of this committee.

To ensure that the planned processes and structures are in place in the event of a crises, a network of researchers must be in dialogue with politicians and the administration even in non-crisis times. From this network, an ad hoc advisory body on a specific topic can be quickly constituted in a structured process. The scientists, supported by the universities and other research institutions, put their scientific expertise at the service of society, politics and administration. This promotes exchange between the various stakeholders, particularly with regard to major societal challenges such as digitalisation, climate change, energy, health and economic crises.

Insight into further current topics

In 2023, crucial steps were taken on the following topics:

Launch of the Open Access Strategy Review

The National Open Access Strategy for Switzerland was created and adopted in 2017 by swissuniversities and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) on the basis of a mandate from the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). The strategy pursues the vision that all scholarly publications financed by public funds must be freely accessible on the internet by 2024.

To formulate an Open Access Strategy from 2025 onwards, the Open Access Strategy Review was launched in 2023 with the aim of evaluating and updating the strategic parameters of the current strategy. The revised version of the open access strategy takes into account the experiences made in recent years as well as current developments in order to continue the open access transformation on an updated basis.

Activities within the delegation open science and swissuniversities bodies began in 2023. An internal consultation on the first draft of the revised Open Access Strategy took place in winter 2023. The external consultation, to which the universities, ERI partner organisations, and other stakeholders were invited, took place from December 2023 to January 2024. The results from this revision of the strategy will also be incorporated into the planning of the PgB Open Science II programme for the period 2025–2028.

Launch of the Open Access Strategy Review

The Swiss Roadmap for Research Infrastructures 2023 was published at the beginning of June 2023. In particular, it sets out the ten infrastructure projects for which swissuniversities has submitted applications for federal funding for joint infrastructures between universities and other institutions in the higher education sector that meet needs of national importance. In this context, it is gratifying that the ERI message 2025–2028, as it was submitted for consultation between June and September, for the first time provides for funding under Art. 47, para. 3 LEHE for these projects. 

swissuniversities hopes that the funds eventually made available will cover the needs that have emerged in view of the outstanding joint university infrastructure projects. These projects fulfil needs of national importance – both in terms of scientific quality, relevance and feasibility as well as in terms of their accessibility for various user groups. The universities are therefore eagerly awaiting the funding decisions to be made by SERI in 2024.

In this context, two round tables bringing together the ERI partners were also organised in 2023 and an ad hoc working group was set up under the aegis of SERI with a view to adapting the roadmap process. swissuniversities was able to get involved in this framework and welcomes the continuation of the discussions and work in 2024.

Participation of universities in alliances

The European Universities Initiative was officially launched by the European Council at its meeting on 14 December 2017. The Commission published the first call for proposals in 2018 with the aim of reaching 60 alliances over time. Swiss universities were initially excluded from this and other EU programmes. The opening of the calls for proposals from 2022 for the Bologna area enabled Swiss universities to participate in these university alliances with funding from the federal government. As these alliances are very interesting for Swiss universities, many took part in the 2022 and 2023 calls.

4 and 5 projects from European universities with Swiss participation were selected by the EU for the 2022 and 2023 calls. In view of this success, Movetia was forced to prioritise its other activities, as there were not enough funds available to cover the Swiss contribution to the alliances, particularly for 2023. 

The latest call for proposals, launched on 3 October 2023, will in particular promote projects that aim to establish a new major transnational cooperation under this programme in order to reach the number of 60 alliances. The submission deadline is February 2024 and the decision is expected in June 2024.

DACH meeting in Bern and meeting with international delegations

At their annual meeting in Bern, the board members of the Rectors’ Conferences of Austria, Switzerland and Germany exchanged views on current developments in higher education policy in their countries. The focus was on promoting young academics and planning careers in research, alleviating the shortage of skilled labour and the relationship between academic and vocational education, as well as the risks and opportunities of using artificial intelligence and chatbot technologies at universities. Particular attention was paid to the role of universities in society. The meeting took place on 21 and 22 September. The President of the National Council, Martin Candinas, was the guest of honour at the joint dinner. Participants were able to benefit from a tour of the Federal Palace led by him. The next meeting in September 2024 will take place in Austria. 

On 1 March, the General Secretariat of swissuniversities welcomed a seven-member delegation from NAWA (Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange), which was on a three-day exchange trip to Switzerland. Swissuniversities also took part in a Franco-Swiss meeting in Paris on 5 and 6 October, which was initiated by the French Embassy in Switzerland and the Swiss Embassy in France

Research Assessment

The criteria for research assessment are to be expanded. This is becoming increasingly important for higher education institutions, as set out in the Coordination of the entire Swiss higher education sector 2025–2028. swissuniversities therefore signed the agreement on the reform of research assessment in September 2022, which is coordinated at the European level. Its objectives are in line with swissuniversities’ endeavours to promote early-career researchers, scientific integrity, fair recruitment procedures and careers diversity, which are key to the success of Swiss higher education institutions and their impact on society. Moreover, the reform of research assessment contributes significantly to the further development and consolidation of Open Science in Switzerland.

The widening of evaluation criteria and related discussions with research communities are carried out within higher education institutions and take into account disciplinary diversity. swissuniversities supports the reform of research assessment through inter-institutional exchange at the national level. At the international level, the «Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment» (CoARA) was founded, as well as the consortium of the agreement, which promotes the discourse on research assessment and drives forward the implementation of the agreement. swissuniversities is a member of CoARA and joined a working group on «Reforming Academic Career Assessment» in 2023.

Compensation for disadvantages

Disadvantage compensation involves adapting study and/or examination conditions with the aim of compensating for students’ disadvantages due to impairments. At swissuniversities, the transversal topic is addressed at various points, including as part of P-7 Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunities in Higher Education Development (2021-2024), and from various perspectives. From an institutional perspective, the Chamber of Universities of Teacher Education has commissioned a group of experts to develop a concept for the development of a national standard for dealing with compensation for disadvantages at universities of teacher education. On the other hand, the General Secretariat, on behalf of the Teaching Delegation and in collaboration with specialists at the higher education institutions, has begun to draw up recommendations for a common approach and practice in dealing with compensation for disadvantages at Swiss universities. Work that has already been done on the topic, such as the guidelines for universities from the Netzwerks Studium und Behinderung, will be taken into account. 

In addition, a pending Federal Supreme Court ruling on the appeal by Inclusion Handicap regarding the extension of the time limit for the aptitude test for medical studies is eagerly awaited. This could have decisive consequences for the test concept and current admission practice for medical studies.

Funded projects within the framework of PgB Open Science

In 2023, the Open Science I programme was able to continue its work to promote open access to scientific research with a large number of grants and project completions. In Phase A, Open Access (OA), 3 further projects were approved that will be dedicated to implementing the action lines "Alternative forms of publication" and "Setting up of shared services and e-infrastructures" by the end of 2024. Five OA projects launched earlier were successfully completed in 2023. The "Regulatory Framework" project on the legal analysis of secondary publication rights was also successfully completed in October 2023 after a year of work. The final report describes the situation in other European countries and contains proposals for legal solutions with regard to secondary publication rights in Switzerland.

In Phase B of the programme, which deals with open research data (ORD), the first projects were launched in 2023 in accordance with the action plan: 40 Swiss Open Research Data Grants (CHORD) projects began their work on the (further) development of ORD practices. In January 2023, 25 projects from action line B5.2 Data Stewardship began implementing their action plans in 31 higher education institutions - providing a concrete example of cooperation between higher education institutions in the field of ORD. Shortly before the end of the year, the ROADS project was launched with the aim of developing good practices for research data management (RDM) training at Swiss higher education institutions.

Refugees at universities

The Russian war of aggression in Ukraine since 2022 has also triggered a discussion at Swiss universities about how to deal with refugees from Ukraine. The higher education landscape quickly and pragmatically established structures to accommodate the large number of Ukrainian students. Building on this experience, various initiatives have emerged over the past year to consolidate the existing structures and make them accessible to refugees. These include, for example, the "Compass" project at the University of Bern and the cross-university collaboration "Campus Lucerne". swissuniversities is closely following the development of this topic and is supporting coordination between universities with the "Uni4Refugees" project. In addition, close contact with the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) and SERI enables a holistic approach to the issue of refugees’ access to Swiss universities.

Furthermore, collaboration in the "EQPR" (European Qualification Passport for Refugees) project was discussed with the European Commission and SERI in 2023. This complementary document makes it possible to coordinate and simplify the recognition of qualifications of refugees with European partners and thus use resources more efficiently.

Special programme for nursing

In 2022, swissuniversities was commissioned by the Swiss University Conference SHK to develop a concept for a special programme to increase the number of Bachelor’s degrees in nursing UAS as part of the implementation of the nursing initiative

On the basis of this concept, swissuniversities 2023 prepared the application for the first part of the special programme for immediate measures to promote measures to increase attractiveness, financed with project-linked funds. The projects of the universities of applied sciences must be able to be implemented within just six months from summer 2024. For this reason, only quickly realisable adjustments to the curriculum and communication measures are proposed.

The first part of the special programme should therefore not be competitive. No call for proposals is planned, but rather the submission of one project per university of applied sciences with an existing or planned degree programme in nursing. Participation by the universities is voluntary (opting-in).

The implementation of the first part serves to prepare for the second, longer part from 2025, which will focus on increasing the number of Bachelor’s degrees. The increase in study places will be based on the needs analyses of the cantons.

Artificial intelligence in teaching

Technologies based on artificial intelligence (AI) are also becoming increasingly important in the academic context of teaching. They harbour enormous potential for academic work and will have a profound impact on the expectations of university graduates in the world of work. The ability to utilise this potential, but also to understand how these technologies work and the risks associated with them, is becoming an important skill for all members of the academic community. 

The rapid and continuous development of available tools and the lack of routine mean that there are still no universal or clear answers to the many questions raised. For this reason, it is important that universities follow the development of tools, adapt their practices and continue to integrate these technologies. They will also ensure that they accompany and support their staff in this process. Finally, the exchange of good experiences, which began in the swissuniversities committees in 2023, will be continued and intensified in the coming years.

Microcredentials and Verifiable Credentials

In 2023, the Teaching Delegation set up two ad hoc working groups. The Microcredentials group - consisting of nine representatives from the three types of higher education institutions - was tasked with developing a common understanding of microcredentials for education and training at Swiss universities. According to the European Commission, microcredentials are small learning units that lead to the recognition of competences. These short formats can lead to the parcelling out of existing courses, but also to the creation of new courses and formats. This new tool, which is available to universities, brings with it a number of challenges, particularly with regard to recognition between institutions.

The Verifiable Credentials group was set up precisely with the aim of facilitating the exchange of data between universities. The credentials that are exchanged between institutions or submitted by students are usually in the form of physical or scanned paper documents or PDF files. The Verifiable Credentials Group - to which each institution was invited to delegate a representative - was tasked with examining the needs and technical possibilities with a view to developing a decentralised system that enables the secure transmission of verified and verifiable documents between Swiss universities. Both groups will continue their work in 2024.


Program milestones


swissuniversities and Springer Nature conclude second Open Access agreement

swissuniversities has signed a second Open Access agreement with Springer Nature on behalf of Swiss universities and libraries. Under this agreement, articles can be published Open Access in the Nature-branded portfolio. Read more.


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Funding open research data (ORD) projects

swissuniversities supports the development of ORD practices and data stewardship in research communities. Read more.

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swissuniversities regrets erosion of ERI sector finances

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Participation in the "Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE)" trade fair in Bangkok

The Swiss stand study in switzerland+ was actively visited and used by the Swiss delegation and its international partners. Many mobility experts came by to explore possible partnerships. Read more.


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Publication of the qualitative reporting stage report 2021-2024

The report illustrates the developments and various initiatives of the universities at the halfway point of the strategy period. Read more.

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Universities draw negative conclusions after two years of non-association with EU programmes Horizon Europe and Erasmus+

Two years ago, on 26 May 2021, the Federal Council broke off negotiations for a framework agreement with the EU. For Swiss universities, this decision has drastic consequences. For the time being, Switzerland is positioned as a non-associated third country and its researchers can no longer participate as a full partner in Horizon Europe and Erasmus+. In concrete terms, the consequences are being sidelined in key roles in EU programmes, reduced competitiveness and innovation, and fewer resources for universities. Read more.

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Participation in the "NAFSA: Association of International Educators" trade fair in Washington

NAFSA celebrated its 75th anniversary with 8,500 participants from 105 countries. The exhibition hall was home to 323 different exhibitors from 49 countries, including Switzerland with its "study in switzerland+" stand. Read more.

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swissuniversities expresses the universities' commitment to young researchers

swissuniversities positions itself on the challenges that the three types of universities face in promoting young researchers and shows how they are tackling them. In this way, swissuniversities expresses the universities' commitment to young researchers. Read more.

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Statement on the ERI Dispatch 2025-2028

swissuniversities is aware of the delicate financial situation of the Confederation, but calls for solid basic funding for institutions in the ERI sector. This is necessary in order to maintain and expand excellence in education, research and innovation, which are key to Switzerland's attractiveness. Read more.

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DACH meeting of rectors' conferences in Bern

The board members of the Rectors' Conferences of Austria, Germany and Switzerland exchanged views on current developments in higher education policy in their countries at their annual meeting in Bern.

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Conference of the European Association for International Education (EAIE)

Over 100 university representatives took part in the EAIE conference in Rotterdam. Read more.

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Publication of the report on the mobility of doctoral students

swissuniversities takes stock of the promotion of doctoral student mobility at universities and analyzes the obstacles encountered and the solutions and measures introduced in a report published as part of sub-project P-1 TP1 "Mobility Promotion for Doctoral Students 2021-2024". Read more.

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Submission of project applications for project-related contributions for the period 2025-2028 to the SHK

swissuniversities has applied to the Swiss University Conference (SHK) for a maximum of CHF 100 million for the launch of five programs within the framework of project-based contributions (PgB) for the period 2025-2028, as well as a maximum of CHF 25 million for a special nursing care program. Read more.


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Scientific policy advice in crises

The institutions in the fields of education, research and innovation (ERI) welcome the implementation proposal for the involvement of scientific advisory bodies in crises, which the Federal Council has approved. With this, instruments were created that will enable scientific expertise to be incorporated into the management of future crises as quickly as possible. Processes and a clear division of roles between science and politics were predefined. Read more.

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Publication of the STAAR 2022 Annual Report

The first annual report of the Swiss Transparency Agreement on Animal Research (STAAR) has been published. It provides information on the transparency measures taken by the 26 signatories of STAAR. Read more.

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Financial report

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@KEYSTONE/Laurent Gillieron
Dr. Luciana Vaccaro

Rector University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, HES-SO President swissuniversities

Prof. Dr. Astrid Epiney

Rector University of Fribourg, Unifr Vice president ex officio

Prof. Franco Gervasoni

General Director University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, SUPSI Vice president ex officio

Prof. Dr. Heinz Rhyn

Rector University of Teacher Education Zurich, PH Zurich Vice president ex officio

Joël Mesot
Prof. Dr. Joël Mesot

President Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, ETHZ

Prof. Jürg Kessler

Rector University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons, FHGR

Prof. Dr. Maxime Zuber

Rector Haute École pédagogique des cantons de Berne, du Jura et de Neuchâtel, HEP-BEJUNE

Dr. Martina Weiss

Secretary General swissuniversities in an advisory capacity


Prof. Dr. Sebastian Wörwag

Rector Bern University of Applied Sciences, BFH

Martin Vetterli, Présidence EPFL 2021
Prof. Dr. Martin Vetterli

President École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL

Dr. Barbara Fontanellaz

Director Swiss Federal University for Vocational Education and Training, SFUVET

Prof. Dr. Crispino Bergamaschi

President of the Board of Directors University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, FNHW

Prof. Dr. Thierry Dias

Rector Haute École pédagogique Vaud, HEP Vaud

Prof. Dr. Barbara Bader

Rector Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, HSLU

Prof. Dr. Barbara Fäh

Rector University of Teacher Education in Special Needs , HfH

René Weber

Rector Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences Switzerland, Kalaidos

Prof. Dr. Daniel Seelhofer

Rector OST - Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Dr. Martin Schäfer

Rector University of Teacher Education Bern, PHBern

Prof. Dr. Delphine Etienne-Tomasini

Director Haute École pédagogique Fribourg, HEP FR

Prof. Dr. Gian-Paolo Curcio

Rector University of teacher education of the Grisons, PHGR

Prof. Dr. Kathrin Krammer

Rector University of Teacher Education Lucerne, PH Luzern

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hermann

Rector Schaffhausen University of Teacher Education, PHSH; until 30.11 Rector ad interim; until 31.07 Rector Prof. Dr. Gerda Buhl

Prof. Dr. Kathrin Futter

Rector Pädagogische Hochschule Schwyz, PHSZ; until 31.08 Deputy Rector; until 30.06 Rector Prof. Dr. Silvio Herzog

Prof. Dr. Horst Biedermann

Rector St.Gallen University of Teacher Education, PHSG

Prof. Dr. Sabina Larcher

Rector Thurgau University of Teacher Education, PHTG

Fabio Di Giacomo

Director Haute École pédagogique du Valais, HEP-VS

Prof. Dr. Esther Kamm

Rector University of Teacher Education Zug, PH Zug

Prof. Dr. Martin Stadelmann

Rector Pädagogisches Hochschulinstitut NMS Bern, PH NMS Bern

Prof. Dr. Andrea Schenker-Wicki

Rector University of Basel

Prof. Dr. Christian Leumann

Rector University of Bern, UniBE

Prof. Dr. Yves Flückiger

Rector University of Geneva, UNIGE

Prof. Dr. Frédéric Herman

Rector University of Lausanne, UNIL

Prof. Dr. Bruno Staffelbach

Rector University of Lucerne, Unilu

Prof. Dr. Kilian Stoffel

Rector University of Neuchâtel, UniNE

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Ehrenzeller

Rector University of St. Gallen, HSG

Prof. Dr. Luisa Lambertini

Rector Università della Svizzera italiana, USI

Prof. Dr. Michael Schaepman

Rector University of Zurich, UZH

Dr. Karin Mairitsch

Rector Zurich University of the Arts, ZHdK

Prof. Dr. Jean-Marc Piveteau

Rector Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, ZHAW

Prof. Dr. Guido McCombie*

Director FHNW School of Education, PH FHNW; (*may participate in Plenary Assemblies as guest)

Prof. Dr. Alberto Piatti*

Director Department of Education and Learning of the SUPSI, SUPSI-DFA/ASP; (*may participate in Plenary Assemblies as guest)

General Secretariat swissuniversities

Dr. Martina Weiss
Secretary General

Dr. Sabine Felder
Deputy Secretary General / Head of Division Teaching and Infrastructure

Etienne Dayer
Director of the Chamber of Universities of Applied Sciences

Dr. François Grandjean
Director of the Chamber of Universities

Dr. Andrea Hungerbühler
Director of the Chamber of Universities of Teacher Education

Noëmi Eglin-Chappuis
Co-Head of Division Research and Development

Dr. Stefanie Wyssenbach
Co-Head of Division Research and Development

Rahel Imobersteg
Head of Division Higher Education Policy

Dr. Dimitri Sudan
Head of Division International Relations

Livia Blarasin
Head of Finances

Barbara Jgushia
Head of Human Resources

Dietrich Lindemann
Head of IT

Josefa Haas
Head of Communication


Staff Secretary General