The Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI within the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER is the federal government's specialised agency for national and international matters concerning education, research and innovation policy.
Numerous public and private stakeholders contribute to Switzerland’s federally structured system of education, research and innovation (ERI). They are responsible for performance, funding, legislation and strategic management.
The Confederation is responsible for managing and funding Switzerland’s two federal institutes of technology (ETH in Zurich and EPF in Lausanne) as well as the affiliated research institutes within the FIT Domain. In addition, it is responsible for regulating and co-funding Swiss universities of applied sciences (UAS), upper-secondary level vocational education and training (VET), tertiary-level professional education and training (PET) and continuing education and training (CET). It also contributes funding to cantonal universities. The Confederation's remit includes the provision of funding for research grants awarded on a competitive basis, the promotion of innovation and the pursuit of international cooperation in the areas of education, research and innovation. It also provides funding to the cantons to be used for scholarships. Within the Swiss education system, the Confederation and the cantons coordinate their efforts and manage joint education projects.
As the Confederation’s specialised agency for the ERI system, SERI has the following remit:
Establishing a strategic overview of the Swiss education, research and innovation system and preparing federal performance and resource plans.
Pursuing international networking activities and ensuring that Switzerland remains involved in European and global education, research and innovation efforts.
Fostering a broad and diverse range of education opportunities, ensuring that academic and vocational/professional pathways remain fully equivalent and compatible with one another.
Maintaining and improving the quality and appeal of vocational/professional pathways in keeping with changes taking place on the labour market.
Safeguarding the high quality of teaching and research at higher education institutions.
Encouraging research and innovation, coordinating tasks and measures of federal research funding institutions.
Encouraging and coordinating Swiss space research activities.
SERI pursues its remit in consultation with the cantons, professional organisations, higher education institutions and bodies as well as with other stakeholders involved in the promotion of research and innovation. SERI is responsible for relations with national and international authorities and institutions. It also represents the Confederation at national and international forums. In addition, it is the national contact point for the recognition of foreign VET, PET or UAS qualifications, handling coordination between the various agencies involved. It is responsible for recognition of baccalaureates issued by cantonal baccalaureate schools. Finally, it works to ensure the comparability of VET and PET qualifications at both the national and international level.
20 September 2019Guided Self-Assessment in TKNIKA
Seventh UNESCO-UNEVOC I-hubs Guided-Self Assessment took place in Spain 16-20 September, and was hosted by TKNIKA, The Basque Centre of Research and Applied Innovation in Vocational Education and Training, with Berufskolleg an der Lindenstrasse (BKAL) as a peer reviewer. (more
13 September 2019Guided Self Assessment in OMNIA, Finland
Sixth UNESCO-UNEVOC I-hubs Guided Self-Assessment was hosted by OMNIA, The Joint Authority of Education in Espoo Region, from 9 to 13 September, with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Women's Centre from Philippines, who served as a peer reviewing institution. (more
20 June 2019Recognition in Germany
The German Federal Government launched the “Recognition in Germany” portal to improve labour market access for people from migrant backgrounds.
3 April 2019European conference on Qualifications, Standards and Apprenticeship
The conference links BIBB research activities with current European priorities in the field of apprenticeships. It will gather around 60 experts from different European member states, European and national organisations or social partners’ organisations for an open dialogue on selected issues like quality in apprenticeship, ESCO or the development of apprenticeship in different contexts. So far altogether 15 countries will be represented. Click more for Registration Form. (more
1 November 2018UNEVOC Centre publishes an outlook of TVET in Turkey
The outlook elaborates the historical development of vocational and technical education in Turkey and the current Turkish Vocational and Technical Secondary Education System according to programs and occupational fields. (more
16 October 2018WorldSkills Conference 2018: Building networks for innovative skills solutions
The WorldSkills Conference, organized by WorldSkills International and WorldSkills Netherlands, brings together leaders in education, government, and industry from across the globe to share best practices, discuss global trends in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), and highlight issues facing skills development. (more
24 July 2018BIBB facilitates study visits for UNEVOC guests
At the occasion of the “UNESCO-UNEVOC Learning Forum: managing skills in time of disruption” (23-25 May) and the UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme (25 June -6 July), the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) organised study visits for the foreign delegations. (more
15 July 2018The UNEVOC Network celebrates World Youth Skills Day
On the occasion of World Youth Skills Day (15 July), more than 30 UNEVOC Centres celebrated the importance of Skills for Youth, through conferences, workshop, skills exhibition and promotional campaigns. Discover our interactive map to learn more about those initiatives. (more
5 June 2018Tknika, a UNEVOC Centre, hosts International Conference on TVET
Tknika, a UNEVOC Centre in the Basque Country, Spain, organized an international conference titled ‘International Encounters on Vocational Training – Anticipating the Future’. Participants from around the world discussed current and emerging challenges of ongoing digital transformation of industry and businesses, and responding to them through increased collaboration and knowledge exchange. (more
15 March 2018Network Consolidation Workshop - UNEVOC Network in Europe
As part of UNESCO-UNEVOC's efforts to strengthen the engagement of European UNEVOC Centres in Europe, a European UNEVOC Network Consolidation Workshop was held at the UN Campus in Bonn. This workshop aimed at strengthening cooperation and policy learning in TVET within Europe, and facilitating their future cross-regional collaborations with UNEVOC Centres in Africa and Asia. (more
1 February 2018Malta promotes Entrepreneurship for employment
Last Friday 26th January, the UNEVOC Centre in Malta, based at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) together with the MCAST Entrepreneurship Centre organised a conference with the theme: Entrepreneurship and Employability – A VET Symbiosis (more
31 January 2018International researchers meet in Germany to discuss Work-based learning
On 22 June 2017, in Bonn (Germany), BIBB held a workshop to tie together different perspectives, experiences and approaches while looking at research initiatives from different regions in the world. The resulting exchange of ideas and useful research approaches was meant to support endeavors by members of the UNEVOC network to meet their individual TVET objectives. (more
31 January 2018Germany deepens regional exchange in Asia-Pacific
From 19 to 20 October 2017 in Nanjing (China), the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) together with its German and international partners, organised several panel discussions, presentations and interactive formats to discuss the role of VET for a sustainable social and economic development. (more
24 July 2017Ireland: Access 2 Apprenticeship Pilot Programme
Dublin Institute of Technology, a UNEVOC Centre in Ireland, launched a pilot programme to address the current obstacles faced by young people from areas of socio-economic disadvantage in securing an apprenticeship. (more
18 May 2016UNEVOC Centre to host vocational pedagogy symposium
Kyambogo University, in partnership with Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, will organize the second vocational pedagogy symposium, with as theme strengthening collaboration with the world of work in vocational education and training (more
28 September 2015UNESCO-UNEVOC participates in UKFIET
From 15 to 17 September 2015, 550 participants met in London, the United Kingdom, for the UKFIET International Conference on Education and Development. (more
14 May 2015Creating Opportunities - II-nd International Conference on Inclusive Education
The Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia will present the report on the accomplishments and activities undertaken in recent years for the introduction and ensuring of quality vocational education for persons with special educational needs. At the same time, the strategies supporting the employment of persons with disabilities/special educational needs will be defined at the conference. (more
6 March 2015Mobile technology in skills development for women
UNESCO-UNEVOC co-organized a session on "Using mobile technology in skills development for women: A glimpse into promising practices to improve skills for employability" at Mobile Learning Week 2015. UNEVOC Centres from Finland and the Philippines presented case studies. (more
7 January 2015Supporting Social Partnership in VET in Georgia
This paper is prepared within the ETF project “Supporting Social Partnership in VET in Georgia”. Its objective is to provide guidance to the tripartite social partnership in Georgia, i.e. the government and the employers’ and workers’ organisations, on ways and measures to substantially improve social dialogue in VET in Georgia at wider national level, as well as at sector and local levels. (more
7 January 20152013-2020 VET Development Strategy of Georgia
This strategy document represents the Government's vision for the future development of vocational education in Georgia. Drafting of the strategy was informed by a broad consultation process, drawing upon the opinions and expertise of all relevant players in the area. (more
22 December 2014UNESCO-UNEVOC at Online EDUCA in Berlin
“Less Talk, More Action! Meeting Tomorrow’s Needs Today” was the focus of UNESCO-UNEVOC's participation in this year's ONLINE EDUCA in Berlin. It highlighted the need for creating favourable contexts to enable corporate learning that supports innovation at the workplace. (more
16 December 2014GreenTech experts meet in Berlin
What is the impact of green technologies? Experts discussed the influence of green technology on the economy, politics, employment and education at "GreenTech made in Germany" in Berlin on 27 November 2014. (more
16 December 2014Green Cities – Green Industries – Green Jobs
More and more people live in urban areas. Cities have to find solutions to challenges such as rising traffic and increasing waste. UNEVOC Network member GIZ and the city of Magdeburg invited partners from around the world to discuss challenges and opportunities of green cities and industries, and what this means for the creation of green jobs. (more
12 December 2014New country reports in World TVET Database
New country reports have been published for Benin, Cambodia, Chad, Iraq, Latvia, Lithuania, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Qatar, South Africa, Uganda and USA. UNESCO-UNEVOC continues to expand the World TVET Database and more country reports will be available soon. (more
16 September 2014Just published: Attractiveness of vocational education and training
This bibliography, jointly published by UNESCO-UNEVOC and the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), features the range of currently available literature on the topics of international mobility, transfer and transitions in TVET, and their role in increasing its attractiveness.
13 March 2014Sharing of experiences between UNESCO-UNEVOC and BIBB
Over a brown bag seminar on 13 March 2014 at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BiBB) in Bonn, Ms Dagmar Winzier and Ms Uta Roth presented their work at UNESCO-UNEVOC to BiBB staff members. (more
17 February 2014UNESCO Mobile Learning Week
Mobile Learning Week (MLW) is the flagship UNESCO conference on mobile technologies and education. Held annually, this event assembles a diverse group of stakeholders to share how affordable and widespread mobile technologies can advance Education for All goals. (more
4 December 2013International Conference on Work-based Learning in Europe
The international BIBB Conference in Bonn will address various work-based learning models. The conference will focus on discussing the associated consequences for the role and responsibility of the stakeholders involved in work-based learning (the state, companies, trade unions, learners) and to identify joint elements of various models of "work-based learning"
14 October 2013Vocational Education Action Day for Sustainable Development 2013
The Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs of Saxony-Anhalt and the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg (as a part of the UNEVOC Centre "TVET for Sustainable Development") hold the Vocational Education Action Day for Sustainable Development together this year again. The topic of this year's Action Day is Mobility. (more
18 September 2013Omnia Finland joins the UNEVOC Network
In September 2013, Omnia, the Joint Authority of Education in the Espoo Region in Finland joined the UNEVOC Network. With nearly 10 000 students and 700 staff, Omnia is one of Finland´s largest vocational institutes. (more
19 December 2012Expert workshop on the World TVET Database
Representatives of the UNEVOC team, UNEVOC centres in the Netherlands, Germany and Norway and partner agencies joined together to discuss, evaluate and provide feedback on the future development of the World TVET Database. (more
10 December 2012International Workshop on “Climate Change and Green Jobs”
The workshop concerning “Green Jobs and Climate Change” will take account of developments in the field of Green Economy and Green Jobs by bringing together experts, entrepreneurs and TVET practitioners in order to foster the exchange of know-how, technology and good-practice in this field. (more
17 September 2012International Late Summer University 2012 Magdeburg
The conference is discussing different research projects in the fields of Competence Development of Pre‐Vocational and Vocational Teachers and Trainer, Competence Models and Measurement in Vocational Education and Training. (more
1 November 2011New publication: Initiatives to foster Chinese TVET and TVET Teacher Training
China has been experiencing rapid economic development and the nature of work has also been changing. Its VET system needs to prepare students for new labour markets. This has changed the role of vocational teachers. This report examines the needs of the VET system in China and the implications for VET teachers, students and the governance of the system. (more
8 December 2010
UNEVOC hosted meeting on “ICTs to strengthen TVET in Georgia” (more
5 October 2010
UNESCO-UNEVOC participated in the IFAT Entsorga Trade Fair in Munich (more
11 August 2010
International Meeting "TVET Teachers and Trainers - Concepts in Academic Education and Research", UNEVOC Centre Magdeburg (more
10 August 2010
Official Opening: UNEVOC Centre in Magdeburg, Germany, on 16-09-2010 (more
27 May 2010
Representatives of Norwegian UNEVOC Centre visit UNESCO-UNEVOC (more
19 February 2010
Steering Group of Swedish UNEVOC Centre visits UNESCO-UNEVOC (more
4 June 2009
VET and the Labour Market - A Comparative Analysis of China and Germany (more
17 February 2009
New UNEVOC Centre in Germany (more
14 November 2008
1st meeting of the Intl. Working Group on Entrepreneurship Education (more
23 September 2008
UNEVOC International Experts Consultation at the Institute of Technology in Dublin, Ireland. (more
16 July 2008
Working visit of Aidan Kenny, Dublin Institute of Technology (more
26 June 2008
A new UNEVOC Centre: Dublin Institute of Technology (more
9 March 2008
UNESCO-UNEVOC supports international project week of TVET institutions (more
26 November 2007
UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, Nicholas Burnett, visits UNEVOC (more
21 September 2007
German Foreign Minister Steinmeier visits Bonn (more
31 July 2007
UNESCO-UNEVOC and Magdeburg University sign Letter of Intent (more