Summer School on the Internet of Things
For the third year running, the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) organizes an English spoken Summer School from 4th to 15th September in Manno, Ticino. This year's event focusses on the topic « The Internet of Things and the Smart Home».
Federal Government data policy
27. March 2017 / Information society
The Federal Council defined high-level goals for a Swiss data policy as an integral component of the «Digital Switzerland» Strategy. Among other goals it is concerned with the creation of a legal framework for handling data and opening up of data sets as raw material for the digital society.
Gaming against the debt trap
The teacher associations from German and French speaking Switzerland, LCH and SER, together with the Swiss cantonal banks have created a serious game to encourage finance competency in young people. The online game helps them in a ludic way to understand the principles of economy.
Federal Council wants to set up framework for E-ID
Online business is based on trust. The Federal Council wants to create a legal and organisational framework as a trustworthy basis for the recognition of electronic identifiers and their providers. He has therefore opened the consultation on a Federal Act on digital identities.
European Trend Day
On 15 March 2017, the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute invites to the European Trend Day on «Reinventing Places: Life between Cloud and Location». National and international experts discuss the changes our physical surroundings undergo by virtual parallel worlds and the consequences for our society.
27. January 2017 / Information society
During this year's Worldwebforum in Zurich, the Digital Manifesto Switzerland has been introduced. The Manifesto sets up propositions as to how digitalisation could impact Switzerland and measures to cope with the digital transformation in all fields of daily life, including education.
Education Digital is a national initiative by digitalswitzerland for the promotion of Swiss enterprises in the digital sector. The non-commercial platform offers a transparent overview on initial and continuing education offers in the digital field from over 20 public and private providers.
Framework for digital economy
12. January 2017 / Information society
The report of the Federal Council on behalf the «digital economy» predicts a growing demand on ICT skills. It also announces an in-depth report by June 2017 on the requirements this demand puts upon education. The report will be issued in cooperation with the cantons and the university conference.
Serious game on data protection
Datak is a free serious game from RTS, the French-speaking tv-programme, which aims to raise public awareness of the implications of data protection and Big Data. In the game, young people from 15 years meet with everyday decisions on the publication of their personal data.
First results PISA 2015 Switzerland
Today the OECD has released the first results from the PISA study 2015. Worldwide 72 countries, including Switzerland, took part in the survey. For the first time, the tests have been computer-based, a cause for a number of questions regarding the comparability of data.
JAMES Study 2016
The results of the latest study on media use of young people in Switzerland shows that the young take 25% more time in the internet than two years ago. Smartphones and flat rates have made the internet part of everyday life. More developments: Instagram and Snapchat have overtaken Facebook.
Worlddidac Award for «My Bourbaki Panorama»
8. November 2016 / Didactical resource
The app on the famous Lucerne Bourbaki Panorama is a pioneer project in history teaching. It takes history right into the virtual era and on to your tablet. It has been developed in collaboration with Lucerne’s teacher university and offers a teacher’s manual, portraits and a set of tasks.
Youth barometer 2016: generation stress?
The 2016 Credit Suisse Youth Barometer illustrates how the growing variety of goals in life and the more and more widespread use of smartphones and apps are increasingly turning young people surveyed in Switzerland, Brazil, Singapore, and the US into a «stress generation».
UZH Digital Society Initiative
16. September 2016 / Information society
This research initiative of the University of Zurich is aimed at «pooling and building on UZH’s expertise for critical, interdisciplinary reflection and innovation across the board in the digitization of society and science.» During the launch phase new fields of research will be developed.
Interim solution for Erasmus+ extended
8. September 2016 / International
The Federal Council has extended the 2014–2016 interim solution for Swiss participation in individual projects of Erasmus+ by one year, thus providing interested Swiss nationals the opportunity to participate in European mobility and cooperation projects until the end of 2017.
Plateforme on digitization in Switzerland
6. September 2016 / Information society
ICTswitzerland has launched an online platform which informs on the state of digitization in Switzerland, among other topics on Skilled Workers & Education. Here, the implementation of the subject «Media and Informatics» in the curriculum Lehrplan 21 is described as a must for the country’s future.
Hack the City 2016
On the evening of 26 August, the open-air hackathon for all age groups starts in Chiasso. The participants have 48 hours to realize their ideas on the event's motto «Living a City in the Digital Era». People without programming skills are also encouraged to attend. Tickets available until 23 August.
21. July 2016 / Event
For the second time the ICTskills will take place in Zurich central station from 6 to 8 September 2016. The event has been created to inform the general public on the many possibilities in the world of ICT. Swiss trainees will compete for the title of Swiss champion.
23. June 2016 / Information society
On occasion of the International Congress on Vocational and Professional Education and Training, President Schneider-Amann referred to the big changes in society caused by digitalisation. «I am convinced that the dual education and training system can adapt quickly to technological change.»
Switzerland's digital future
10. June 2016 / Publication
The study compiled by the EPFL, mandated by SIX and Swisscom, concludes that Switzerland is lagging behind on digitalisation, starting with digital literacy. It recommends «Training in digital skills, but also raising awareness about the digital future, which will involve...a strong online culture.»