University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland

Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland

No. Students: 17,200
Funding type: Public
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Opened in 1997, the HES-SO is the largest professional higher education network in Switzerland. It currently hosts some 17200 students.
Its 27 schools located in the cantons of Fribourg, Geneva, Jura, Neuchâtel, Valais, Vaud and Berne, its 33 sites offer courses and other services in six major fields of study: Engineering and Architecture, Management and Services, Design and Fine Arts, Health, Social Work and Music and Theater.

The missions of the HES-SO are derived from the Swiss federal law on the UAS of 6 October 1995, which determines the basic principles governing the Universities of Applied Sciences, their status and their missions.

Basic education

The education provided by the HES-SO is practically-oriented, preparing students for professional careers which require the application of knowledge and scientific methods.

Continuing education postgraduate studies

In addition to studies leading to a degree, the HES-SO also offers advanced professional courses enabling students to gain more in-depth knowledge and skills, or to acquire new ones.

Applied research and development, services provided

The HES-SO is active in the field of applied research and development, maintaining close cooperation with scientific and commercial organisations. Its own teaching also benefits from the integration of the results of this work. The HES-SO provides support for the use of this research and provides services to third parties (companies, cultural, social or health institutions).

National and international relations

The HES-SO works together with other academic and research institutions in Switzerland and abroad.

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