Chronology of Education, Research and Innovation in Switzerland

The following chronology was prepared in conjunction with the "Research and Innovation in Switzerland 2016" report. It shows the development of education, research and innovation in Switzerland from the perspective of the Confederation, and provides an insight into how the current environment came into being.

The chronology lists the key milestones in Swiss education, research and innovation from the viewpoint of the Confederation. It starts in 1459 with the founding of Switzerland’s oldest university, the University of Basel.

This chronology should not be seen as exhaustive; it will be updated periodically. Any suggestions for additions or corrections will be gratefully received.

Further information

Federal law

•    Official Compilation: chronological compilation of federal legislation and extraordinary publications
•    Systematic Compilation: consolidated compilation of federal and international law

Federal Statistical Office

Swiss Historical Dictionary (in German, French and Italian)