The HES-SO is recognised by the Confederation and member of swissuniversities.
With 21,000 students, the HES-SO is the largest UAS in Switzerland. Its study programs and research activities are divided into six faculties: Arts & Design; Business, Management and Services; Engineering & Architecture; Music and Performing Arts; Health Sciences; and Social Work.
With a view to developing a knowledge-based society, scientific research plays a central role; governments devote significant funds to it that are awarded on a competitive basis.
At Swiss level, HES-SO researchers tend to approach the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI). At European level, funds are obtained through the European Union’s Framework Programmes that Switzerland is part of. These projects enable the integration into consortia of partners from many different countries.
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The HES-SO is a university of applied sciences and arts that is active in prestigious European and worldwide networks. It also relies on the networks of its schools to meet the new challenges in the development of education and research.
There are several organisations involved in coordination and cooperation in higher education at the national and international levels.
Associations are important because they enable:
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