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.