The Institutes of Higher Education

The choice of tertiary-level education is large and varied.

The institutes of higher education can be separated into two types having the same status but with different educational goals: the traditional universities and the universities of applied sciences (UAS). The main task of the universities is to carry out basic research and teaching while the universities of applied sciences place a greater emphasis on practically oriented studies and on applied research and development.

Both types of institute make up a dense network of education outlets in Switzerland, offering Swiss and non-Swiss students alike high quality tertiary education opportunities.

Further information


SERI, Silvia Studinger

Vice Director
Head of Higher Education Division
Head of SCHEI Secretariat
T +41 58 463 26 80

SERI, Marco Scruzzi

Deputy Head of Higher Education Division
Head of Higher Education Policy Unit
T +41 58 464 91 51

SERI, Secretariat Higher Education Division

T +41 58 462 96 96

Secretariat of the Swiss Conference of Higher Education Institutions SCHEI

T +41 58 462 88 11

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