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Higher education Swiss universities score good marks

The Branco Weiss Information Science Laboratory at ETH Zurich

(Keystone)

With seven higher-learning institutions in the world’s top 150, Switzerland has performed well in this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) universities ranking - the most important of its kind. 

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich, in ninth position, continues to be the only non-English language university in the top ten, THE revealed on Wednesday. 

Further down the list in 31st position is the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), followed by the universities of Basel (101), Zurich (104), Bern (120), Geneva (131) and Lausanne (144). 

The universities of Fribourg, St Gallen and Neuchâtel came between 200 and 500. 

The California Institute of Technology topped the 12th Times Higher Education university ranking, ahead of Oxford and Stanford. 

The Swiss institutions were the most international, according to the list’s authors: 27% of their students are foreign, putting them in sixth place. In addition, 45% of teaching staff are foreign. 

The Times Higher Education university ranking looked at higher education establishments in 70 countries. It is based on 13 criteria, including research, teaching, citations, internationalisation, transfer of knowledge and the acquisition of funds from the business world.

Vote concerns 

However, some Swiss education experts see a problem for international links due to the fallout of the Swiss vote in February 2014 to limit immigration

This resulted in the European Union freezing the Swiss out of key Europe-wide educational schemes, such as Horizon 2020, shortly afterwards. 

In a small thawing of relations, Switzerland has now been allowed partial participation in Horizon 2020 until the end of 2016, by which all sides are hoping a solution will be found.

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