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P-11: Pilot programme to strengthen the dual competencies profile of young talent at universities of applied sciences (UAS) and universities of teacher education (UTE)

This programme is funded within the framework of the federal project contributions 2017-2020. The implementation and the financing of the project contributions 2017-2020 are subject to the decisions of the Parliament.

The project “Pilot programmes to strengthen the dual competencies profile of students at UAS and UTE” provides a framework for the identification, development, implementation and evaluation of specific models for promotion of young talent. These models help to ensure that UAS, UTE and their specialist departments have a sufficient number of qualified employees available, continue to enhance their specific profile at the interface between theory and practice and can thereby fulfil their fourfold mandate (teaching, research, continuing education, services).

The pilot programmes developed by the higher education institutions take into consideration the various subject areas and sector-specific requirements. They are selected following a call for tenders. Programmes worthy of support demonstrate great potential for long-term institutionalisation and are based on collaboration with non-academic partners (companies and/or other institutions). The programme evaluation and selection process is also guided by the categories of breadth (if possible programmes should span several higher educational institutions), transferability, innovative approach, as well as whether they take diversity into account.

The pilot programmes that receive funding should not only demonstrate how many people they reach throughout the project, but also what kind of experiences they offer people and institutions. Furthermore, the promoted programmes will be evaluated halfway through and at the conclusion of the project with regard to their suitability for institutionalisation and appropriate recommendations will be made.

The call for tender has been closed

Public universities of applied sciences, universities of teacher training colleges and the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) are all eligible to participate.

To be considered for funding, pilot programmes must meet the following criteria:

  • Long-term viability: The programme demonstrates potential for long-term institutionalisation. The institutions involved indicate how the programme, if successful, can be integrated into their structures after funding ceases.
  • Practical relevance: The programme is based on collaboration with non-academic partners (companies and/or institutions).

It is also recommended that programmes demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Span several higher educational institutions: The programme is based on collaboration with two or more higher education institutions in a certain area of studies, or covers the entire UAS or UTE spectrum, or has national reach in a certain area of studies.
  • Transferability: The programme generates transferable knowledge in relation to either methodology or content.
  • Innovation: The programme is innovative, i.e. it differs from what is currently available today.
  • Diversity: The pilot programme actively promotes equal opportunities, uses existing potential, contributes towards diversity in young talent and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, disability or other such categories.



A two-stage process will be used to select the successful applications.

Deadline for applications: 30 December 2016

Decisions: August 2017


Noëmi Eglin-Chappuis
Programme coordinator
T +41 31 335 07 37

Elisabeth Schalbetter
Programme administration
T +41 31 335 07 60

Call for tender (in German or French)

Project proposal (in German)