Swiss higher education institutions develop four-year strategic plans and present them to the Swiss Conference of Higher Education Institutions. In these plans, the higher education institutions define common goals and measures, and calculate the required federal funding in accordance with Article 47 of the Higher Education Act (HEdA).
The universities and universities of applied sciences and arts have created separate plans for the 2017–2020 period. Priorities include measures to promote academic career development and to eliminate the shortage of qualified professionals in healthcare and technical jobs.
For the 2021–2024 period, swissuniversities has submitted a joint plan for all types of higher education institutions. The overriding goal is to meet the challenges faced through a single, unified approach in order to preserve the outstanding quality of the higher education institutions, contribute to Switzerland's prosperity and maintain the country's leading position on the international stage.
In addition to consolidating the priorities for 2017–2020, the higher education institutions also place considerable joint emphasis on the measures they can take to tackle the opportunities and challenges of digital transformation. These measures concern both digitalisation in teaching and research, and the organisation of the higher education institutions themselves. Optimal conditions for up-and-coming scientists are essential if Switzerland is to remain competitive. For that reason, measures aimed at developing up-and-coming talent and improving HR policies at higher education institutions have been launched or developed further.
With this and the forecast growth in student numbers in mind, swissuniversities has applied for an annual increase in basic contributions of 3.1%. The higher education institutions plan to run joint projects in order to achieve the strategic goals. swissuniversities has applied for a total of CHF 125 million for this in the form of project-specific contributions.