10.09.2019 - Education
The members of the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS) have awarded Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for the academic year 2019-2020. New scholarships were given to 206 researchers and arts students, of which 60% went to female applicants and 40% to male applicants. Scholarship recipients come from 69 different countries. For the first time since the scholarship programme was launched, an FCS scholarship was awarded to a student from the Fiji Islands. This applicant - a PhD student at the University of Bern - is thus among the 20 per cent of applicants who were awarded a scholarship. A total of 902 young, ambitious young scholars submitted their applications to ESKAS. All had previously submitted their application files to a Swiss embassy abroad.
Applications for FCS scholarships are evaluated according to geographical regions or countries and consideration is given to the following selection criteria: the quality of the research proposal submitted, the academic profile, the motivation and performance record of applicants. The FCS also takes into account the suitability of the host institution, the level of support given to the application by the supervising professors at the Swiss higher education institution as well as possible multiplier effects arising from future research cooperation between Swiss higher education institutions and those in the countries of origin.
In addition to the newly awarded scholarships for postdoctoral students, doctoral students and art students, the FCS also approves extensions for the second and third years of current FCS scholarship holders who are pursuing their PhD. The FCS considers these extensions if the academic supervisors and scholarship holders are able to document successful academic progress. For the coming academic year, the FCS scholarship extension was approved for 157 PhD students at Swiss universities.
The call for applications for FCS scholarships for the academic year 2020-2021 has been posted on the SERI website since early August 2019.
Applications now open to obtain a scholarship for individual scholastic achievement
10.09.2019 - Education
SERI awards four grants for the one-year Master’s degree programme at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) or Natolin (Poland) as well as four grants for four-year PhD studies at the European University Institute in Florence (EUI).
Exciting study and research findings on the future of Europe: For several decades, young Swiss university graduates have had the opportunity to spend between one and four years in a culturally diverse environment at two university institutes, making contacts and holding debates on Switzerland and Europe. Grants at the university institutes in Bruges, Natolin and Florence are awarded to students in the fields of social sciences, interdisciplinary European studies, political science and administration, international relations and diplomacy, history, law and economics.
www.coleurope.eu/admission (Bruges / Natolin): applications open from 1 October 2019 to 15 January 2020
www.eui.eu ‘apply’ (Florence): applications open from early November 2019 to 31 January 2020
07.08.2019 - Research
The EU's Digital Europe Programme (DEP) is intended to promote digitalisation in the area of research and innovation. Like the EU framework programme for research and innovation ‘Horizon Europe’, the DEP will run for seven years (2021-2027). In February 2019, the Federal Council commissioned SERI and other federal agencies to conduct a survey of Swiss research and innovation stakeholders to ascertain their level of interest in possible Swiss partici-pation in the DEP.
Based on the replies received, it appears that there is a great deal of interest and willingness among Swiss stakeholders to effectively take part in the DEP. There is considerable interest, for example, in high-performance computing and cyber security.
A total of 150 institutions and researchers took part in the survey, including all cantonal universities and the institutions within the ETH Domain. There was also strong feedback from the private sector. The survey was conducted for the purpose of assessing the level of interest of potential participants from Switzerland. Discussions are currently taking place at EU level on the design of the DEP and on the conditions for the participation of non-EU states in the DEP. In order for Switzerland to take part in the DEP, the exact modalities of participation (full association, partial association or third country) must first be clarified at a technical level. Swiss participation in the DEP also depends on the overall context of European policy, the outcome of negotiations with the EU as well as Switzerland's financial situation.
11.07.2019 - Professional Education
The new EAER Ordinance on the Minimum Requirements for the Recognition of Study Programmes and Continuing Education and Training at Professional Education Institutions (MiR-PEI) came into force on 1 November 2017. As a result of the new MiR-PEI provisions, the core syllabuses approved under the earlier ordinance of 2005 now have to be revised.
The core syllabuses approved by SERI under the 2005 MiR-PEI are valid until 31 October 2022 at the latest. The sponsors (professional organisations) must therefore revise their core syllabuses and have the revised versions approved by SERI by this date. Syllabuses which have not been revised by the end of October 2022 will no longer be valid after this date.
Sponsors of approved core syllabuses are requested to contact SERI in September of this year to discuss syllabus revision.
20.12.2018 - Research and innovation
Do companies that are only active in Switzerland benefit if other companies are active abroad? A new study by the KOF Swiss Economic Institute at the ETH Zurich indicates that ‘home companies’ in Switzerland benefit from the knowledge activity of other Swiss companies abroad, both in terms of their innovation performance and their productivity.
The KOF study (german) was commissioned by SERI and is published in the SERI publication series.
19.12.2018 - Research and Innovation
The Research and Innovation in Switzerland report was first published by SERI in 2016. A new full edition of the report is due to be published in 2020. In the meantime, in order to have as up-to-date figures as possible, the indicators section of the report (Part B – Swiss research and innovation in international comparison) was updated in 2018.