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Coordination Bodies of Switzerland Higher Education

The Switzerland higher education is coordinated by several bodies.

Swissuniversities

The universities, the universities of applied sciences and the universities of teacher education in Switzerland have set up the association swissuniversities. This association aims to bring together the three rectors' conferences to a united conference: The Rector's Conference of the Swiss universities, the Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences, and the Swiss Conference of Rectors of Universities of Teacher Education.  It aims to strengthen the cooperation among Swiss universities, universities of applied sciences and universities of teacher education as well as their coordination at the national and international level.

Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS)


CRUS, established in 1904, is responsible for the coordination of the Swiss universities as single entities and as collaborating institutions. It designs and develops strategies, educational policies; analyse and judge the quality of education and research, and is responsible for international cooperation.

Swiss University Conference (SUC)

The Swiss University Conference is the joint governance of the cantons and the Confederation for university politics. SUC issues directives on the duration of the course of studies, evaluation of education and research and knowledge transfer in research, awards project-specific grants, recognition of academic bodies and courses.

Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK)


The Swizz Conference of Cantonal Ministries of Education is a political body comprising of the 26 cantonal ministries of education whose primary responsibility is the coordination of education at the national level. Legally binding, inter-cantonal agreements known as concordats form the basis for the work of the EDK.

State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI)

The State Secretariat for Education and Research (SER) in Bern is the national body responsible for the development of political guidelines and strategies for the universities, negotiation of international cooperation and treaties, coordination of national educational policies at all levels, space affairs, general education and funding and grants.

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is the Swiss institute for the advancement of scientific research. The SNSF underpins all disciplines be it history, medicine, philosophy or any other and is open to scientists and academics of all nationalities working in Switzerland.

Contact Details
Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS)
Address:
Letters
Rektorenkonferenz der Schweizer Universitaten (CRUS)
(name of the department)
Postfach 607
CH - 3000 Berne 9
Parcels

Rektorenkonferenz der Schweizer Universitaten (CRUS)
(name of the departement)
Sennweg 2
CH - 3012 Berne
Fax:  41 (0)31 306 60 20

Swiss University Conference (SUC)
Address: Swiss University Conference
Sennweg 2
P.O. Box 576
3000 Berne 9
Phone: 41 31 306 60 60
Fax: 41 31 306 60 70
Email: cus@cus.ch

Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK)
Haus der Kantone
Speichergasse 6, Postfach 660
CH-3000 Bern 7
Tel.:   41 (0)313095111
Fax: 41 (0)313095150
Email: edk@edk.ch

State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI)
Address:
Effingerstrasse 27,
3008 Bern, Switzerland
Phone: 41 31 322 21 29

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
Address:
Wildhainweg 3
P.O. Box 8232
CH-3001 Bene
Phone: 41 31 308 22 22
Fax: 41 31 301 30 09
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