Position papers and press releases

Here you can find all press releases, our position papers and official answers to public consultations.

Feedback to the proposed changes of the HFKG and the accreditation process

actionuni has given feedback to the proposed financing scheme within the HFKG. For Universities of Applied Sciences the model 85/15 is prefered unanimously, implying a moderate shift towards giving research a higher importance. Among the members of the universities no clear consent was reached which financing model should be used.

A second feedback was requested regarding the topic of a simplified second accreditation process for universities which have passed a first accreditation without obligations. actionuni suppports the position of the Swiss Accreditation Council to postpone the decision whether and how a simplified accreditation process should be implemented until 2019 when more experience about the new accreditation system has been gathered.

Antwort Vernehmlassung Finanzierung HFKG

Antwort Vernehmlassung Vereinfachte Akkreditierung

Feeback to the proposed change to add the Specialised Maturity Certificate as an entry point into Swiss universities

Das SBFI schlägt eine Revision der “Verordnung über die Ergänzungsprüfung für die Zulassung von Inhaberinnen und Inhabern eines eidgenössischen Berufsmaturitätszeugnisses zu den universitären Hochschulen” vor, die es neu auch Inhaberinnen und Inhabern einer gesamtschweizerisch anerkannten Fachmaturität den Zugang zu den universitären Hochschulen ermöglicht.

actionuni begrüsst die vorgeschlagene Ergänzung.

Vernehmlassungsantwort Fachmaturität

actionuni attends hearing of the Science, Education and Culture Committee SECC

On 13 April 2016, co-president Florian Lippke (University of Fribourg) represented actionuni during a hearing of Science, Education and Culture Committee SECC of the National Council (WBK-N / CSEC-N). The hearing regarded the recently released federal message on education, research and innovation policy.

actionuni stressed as its main points:

  • to increase the financial growth rate in the message to 3-4% annually
  • that if there are budget cuts then not to jeopardize those actions that are aimed at improving career paths for young researchers
  • to increase the number of new Tenure Track positions from 40  to 100 new positions per year
  • to define concrete actions and indicators for measuring the success of reaching the goal to improve careers for young researchers.

Continue reading actionuni attends hearing of the Science, Education and Culture Committee SECC

The federal message on education, research and innovation policy has been published

The BFI-Botschaft / message FRI / messaggio ERI has been defined on 25 February 2016 by the Federal Council. According to the government, in the next four years investments in research and education shall  grow 2%, which is significantly less than in the previous period. This is stated in the federal message on education, research and innovation policy for the years 2017-2010 (BFI-Botschaft), which was passed on 24th February. Back in November 2015, in the course of the stabilisation programm for the national finances 2017-2019 which is currently being negotiated, growth in investments had already been reduced from 3.2 to 2.2 %.  According to a response by swissuniversities, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the ETHs and the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences this puts the role of Switzerland in the area of research, education and innovation into jeopardy at a moment in time in which the country threatens to lose its access to European research programmes. The total budget projected for research and education amounts to 26 billion CHF. Continue reading The federal message on education, research and innovation policy has been published

actionuni warns against admission of the “Durchsetzungsinitiative”

Two years after the vote on immigration restriction, the Swiss Institutions of Higher Education warn against the consequences of the enforcement initiative, which will come to the vote on 28th February 2016. They publish a joint declaration dedicated to keeping Switzerland in the centre of a European environment of research and education.

swissuniversities warns against the dire consequences for Swiss education and research if the EU, in a worst case scenario, should make use of their option to cancel all bilateral agreements at once – among them the one that ensures scientific and technological cooperation. This would mean the definitive exclusion of Switzerland from the Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ programmes. Continue reading actionuni warns against admission of the “Durchsetzungsinitiative”

actionuni fordert die Annahme der Motion „Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses in der Schweiz“

Der Dachverband der Schweizer Mittelbauvertretungen actionuni der Schweizer Mittelbau fordert die Annahme der Motion WBK-N 15.3000 „Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses in der Schweiz“, die am kommenden Montag im Nationalrat behandelt wird.

actionuni der Schweizer Mittelbau erachtet den Bericht des Bundesrates “Massnahmen zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses in der Schweiz” vom 28. Mai 2014 als überaus wichtig, vor allem aufgrund der geforderten Massnahmen. Es fallen jedoch zu wenige der Massnahmen in die Zuständigkeit des Bundes. Continue reading actionuni fordert die Annahme der Motion „Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses in der Schweiz“

actionuni der Schweizer Mittelbau warnt vor der Annahme der Ecopop-Initiative

Der Dachverband der Schweizer Mittelbauvertretungen actionuni der Schweizer Mittelbau warnt vor der Annahme der Ecopop-Initiative, die für die Schweizer Hochschullandschaft einen irreparablen Schaden zur Folge hätte!
Die Schweiz ist für ihr hohes Bildungsniveau bekannt, das wesentlich zum wirtschaftlichen Wohlstand des Landes beiträgt. Mit der Annahme der Ecopop-Initiative droht die wertvollste Ressource unseres Landes, das Wissen, leichtfertig aufs Spiel gesetzt zu werden. actionuni der Schweizer Mittelbau warnt, dass die Annahme der Ecopop-Initiative den Wissenschafts- und Ausbildungsstandort Schweiz gefährdet. Nicht bezifferbar sind zudem der Imageschaden und die beschädigte Reputation der Schweiz im Ausland. Continue reading actionuni der Schweizer Mittelbau warnt vor der Annahme der Ecopop-Initiative