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Education and research

Top-class talent and recruitment potential: the Canton of Bern is the only Swiss canton with a university, an associated university hospital and two universities of applied sciences across four campuses. It is also home to a Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) research center, a Switzerland Innovation Park campus and a Haute Ecole Arc campus. There are seven other universities within an hour’s reach.

Innenaufnahme einer Berner Universitätsbibliothek mit Info-Balken: Bildung, von der Volksschule bis zur Universität


The University of Bern is a world-class research center of major social and scientific significance. It is an ideal environment for high-level inter-, trans- and multidisciplinary research in areas such as health and medicine.

The research that takes place at the Canton of Bern’s universities of applied sciences and the ETH Empa Thun research center is application-oriented and is carried out in coordination with local businesses. 

Dual vocationale education and training

The dual system of vocational education and training in Switzerland is unique and offers apprenticeships in around 230 professions. Apprentices get hands-on experience in the workplace and learn the theoretical side of the job at business school. With more than 90,000 people in industry in the Canton of Bern, apprenticeships are an important source of skilled workers for us.

The Swiss dual vocational education and training system

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