Mobile off, thoughtfulness on
By this motto Swisscom has announced a day of undivided attention to people instead of media for the 20 May. It's not against smartphones but for a responsible attitude towards digital media. The company's philosophy postulates that time off from digital media is part of media literacy.
Awards presentation national contest
A total of 93 young scientists from all over Switzerland got together at the end of April at the campus of the Teachers University of FHNW to present their projects for the national contest of Swiss Youth in Science. For the first time a number of schools were awarded for frequent participation.
IT Days 2016
For the first event of «Informatiktage» by ICTswitzerland on June 3 and 4, IT institutions in the canton of Zurich are opening their doors to give young people, parents and students an insight into the daily practice of their job – and to recruit new trainees for the IT branch.
Digitisation in all areas of life
26. April 2016 / Information society
The Federal Council has adopted a news strategy on «Digital Switzerland». It is defined as an umbrella strategy intended to co-ordinate the activities and expert groups from authorities, businesses, science, research and civil society. The dialogue on this subject will be coordinated by the OFCOM.
15 years of Euresearch
Euresearch, the Swiss guide to European research and innovation, is celebrating its 15th birthday. Its aim is to advise applicants to European research programmes in Switzerland, including information on how to fill out application forms, file a proposal, deadlines and partnerships.
Open Education Week 2016
From March 7 to 11 Switzerland is taking part in this year's worldwide Open Education Week. This week is a welcome opportunity to discuss ideas, projects and topics on digital learning across language and national borders, e.g. Creative Commons and Open Educational Resources (OER).
New ways for digital publication
The professional portal of the historical sciences in Switzerland has launched a project by the name of Living Books about History which explores new ways of scientific publication. Digital essays by scientific editors are accompanied by multimedia contributions (videos, images, websites etc.).
New portal for Swiss open government data
The Confederation, cantons and communes as well as other organisations with official mandate publish their open data on opendata.swiss. In the category «Education ad Science» teachers may find interesting contents for their lessons. All the datasets can be downloaded free of charge and exploited.
For a Free Digital Society
On February 5, Richard M. Stallman, the founder of the GNU/Linux system, will be speaking at the Research Center for Digital Sustainability of the University of Bern. His subject is the threats to digital freedom from non-free software and the use of web services. Please sign up from 1 February.
Big Ideas for Big Data
The Swiss Talent Forum by Swiss Youth in Science will be taking place in Thun, canton Berne, from Thursday, 28 to Sunday 31 January. By the title of «Big Ideas for Big Data» 70 young people from Switzerland and abroad will be elaborating visions for the future for ten aspects of Big Data.
Modernisation of copyright
29. December 2015 / Information society
The Federal Council plans to modernise the copyright and match it to the latest technological developments. The main objectives are a more efficient combat against piracy, explanations for the users of peer-to-peer networks and the simplified use of digital offers.
Confederation harmonises scholarships
14. December 2015 / Scholarships
With the new Education Subsidies Act for university education, the Confederation aims at an inter-cantonal harmonisation of scholarships. Cantons will receive subsidies from the Confederation as usual, provided they respect the requirements. The law will come into effect on January 1, 2016.
Cost-cutting measures in education and research
4. December 2015 / Publication
In this press release, the ETH Board expresses its concern over the budget cuts of over half a billion francs in education, research and innovation in the frame of the Federal Council’s 2017 – 2019 stabilisation programme - almost 20% of the entire cost-cutting programme.
Youth Parliament of the Swiss Abroad
16. November 2015 / Programme and project
Young Swiss abroad have created an online youth parliament that makes use of Facebook, Skype and e-voting. The goal is to create a network allowing young Swiss scattered around the world to exchange ideas and information, share their experiences, and work on common projects.
Schools seen as childcare solutions
10. November 2015
Having their children in public schools can be a challenge for working parents in Switzerland. Pressure for longer school days and out-of-school hours care – especially over lunch time - has been growing. The government is aware of the situation and has drafted a law for extra funds for childcare.
Educational relations Switzerland - Singapore
1. October 2015
After eleven years, swissnex Singapore, responsible for the relations between Switzerland and Singapore in the field of education, research and innovation, has closed its doors. These tasks will be taken over by a new education and science office at the Swiss embassy in Singapore.
Intercultural Exchange Projects
24. September 2015
The Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation invites Swiss school classes on lower to higher secondary level to meet children and adolescents from abroad who stay in the Children’s Village for Intercultural Exchange Projects. These interactive courses can be strengthened in a radio studio or studio bus.
The US want to learn how apprenticeships work
2. September 2015
During his trip to Berne US secretary of Labour, Thomas Perez, and Swiss minister Schneider-Ammann signed a collaboration agreement on apprenticeships. The US has become increasingly interested in Swiss VET programmes and agreed on a collaboration during Schneider-Amann’s trip to the US in July.
Swiss 4th at the World Skills Championship
18. August 2015 / School competition
Switzerland has won an honourbale 4th place at the World Skills Championships, held August 11-16 in São Paulo, Brazil. Even though this is the best result among European countries, for Switzerland this is a disappointing result. Since 2001 it has always come among the first three worldwide.
U.S. - CH cooperation on vocational education
10. July 2015
Federal Councillor Schneider Ammann signed a declaration of intent on Vocational Education and Training with U.S. Secretary of Commerce during his trip to the U.S. It will promote cooperation between Switzerland and the U.S. in education, research and investment. Pilot projects will be developed.