European research system ‘cannot afford’ to lose Swiss and UK elite

Posted in Research on September 4th, 2016 by steve

EU“The whole European research system would suffer if it no longer includes the UK and Switzerland, according to the president of ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, one of the world’s leading universities. Lino Guzzella said an alternative international grants scheme would be needed were Swiss and UK universities to find themselves outside the European Research Council …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 1 September]

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What Swiss migrant referendum means for future of EU research

Posted in Research on March 6th, 2014 by steve

EU“In a referendum on 9 February, the Swiss population voted against mass immigration. That outcome will have far-reaching consequences on the position of Switzerland in European research cooperation …” (more)

[Manfred Horvat, The Conversation, 6 March]

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Switzerland downgraded by EU on research involvement

Posted in Research on February 26th, 2014 by steve

EU“Swiss-based researchers will no longer be able to apply for European Research Council grants following its referendum decision to restrict immigration from other EU member states, the European Commission has confirmed …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 26 February]

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EU suspends research talks with Switzerland

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2014 by steve

EU“The European Union has suspended negotiations on Switzerland’s participation in the Union’s research programme, Horizon 2020, and in the exchange programme Erasmus+ …” (more)

[Toby Vogel, European Voice, 17 February]

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Swiss universities try to catch the MOOC wave

Posted in Teaching on February 9th, 2013 by steve

Switzerland“Free interactive online university courses known as MOOCs – massive open online courses – are quickly spreading far beyond the United States …” (more)

[University World News, 9 February]

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Who determines what should be taught? Changing contexts

Posted in Teaching on August 5th, 2012 by steve

“What should be taught and researched in the higher education system? In many European countries, the continuing growth of higher education and its integration of new professional programmes have given rise to a new need for coordination with labour markets and industries …” (more)

[Christian Leder, University World News, 5 August 2012]

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Switzerland: Rectors can limit foreign students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 14th, 2011 by steve

“Universities can limit the number of foreigners they enrol if they fear overcrowding, according to an expert opinion commissioned by the Swiss Rectors’ Conference. The report was prompted by fears of a huge influx of German students into Switzerland this year …” (more)

[Michael Gardner, University World News, 14 August]


Anti-PowerPoint Party vows end to death by slides

Posted in Governance and administration on July 6th, 2011 by steve

“Everybody complains about PowerPoint presentations. But nobody does anything about them – until now. Meet Switzerland’s Anti-PowerPoint Party, aka the APPP. ‘The APPP sees itself as the advocate of approximately 250 Million people worldwide, who, every month, are obliged to be present during boring presentations in companies, universities, or at other institutions’, reads the party’s mission statement …” (more)

[Rik Myslewski, The Register, 5 July]

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Norway and Switzerland fight FP8 budget hike

Posted in Research on January 29th, 2011 by steve

“Norway and Switzerland are opposing a budget increase for the next Framework Programme, which starts in 2014, fearing that their contribution to its costs could grow out of all proportion. Both countries are outside the EU and would have to pay significantly more towards Framework 8 than previous Framework Programmes if its budget increases …” (more)

[Inga Vesper and John Fogarty, Research, 25 January]

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Questions raised over foreign student influx

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2010 by steve

“Students from abroad are flocking to study in Swiss universities, but the development has raised concerns in some quarters. While many agree that overseas students help boost diversity and quality, a debate is raging over whether quotas should be introduced or fees raised to stem costs …” (more)

[Isobel Leybold-Johnson,, 19 February]

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