Workshop: How to Build Authentic Universities of Applied Science

Anne-Catherine Lyon, Head of the Department of Education, Youth and Culture of the Canton of Vaud, will offer us a speech in this workshop.

Event Details


swissnex China office
22F, Building A, Far East International Plaza, 319 XianXia Road, Shanghai, China


June 21, 2016 from 7:30 am to 9:30 am Asia/Shanghai (UTC+08:00)


Free but RSVP is required

The Consulate General of Switzerland in Shanghai and swissnex China are delighted to welcome an expert of the field, Anne-Catherine Lyon, Head of the Department of Education, Youth and Culture of the Canton of Vaud, to offer us a speech in this Sino-Swiss Workshop of “How to Build Authentic Universities of Applied Science”.

In order to promote mutual understanding in the topic within Chinese context, we also sincerely hope to have you and other pioneers in Chinese universities of applied science as well as international communication and exchange to come and share with us common interests as well as make further negotiations on future cooperation.

About the speaker

Anne Catherine Lyon

Anne-Catherine Lyon
State Councilor for the Canton of Vaud
Head of the Department of Education, Youth and Culture

“Known for her visionary approach, she provides political and strategic leadership for the department, overseeing the full cycle of education, from primary school to university-level education. For the latter, Ms. Lyon has instigated a number of innovative international education and research partnerships, in alignment with federal laws and international agreements. These partnerships enhance education with global perspectives and help maintain Switzerland’s position as an international center of excellence in research and education.” (Canton of Vaud)

More about the workshop:

Madame Lyon has helped shaping the Swiss UAS system with the characteristic of “enterprise-college-research” from the beginning to present. And Vaud, as the 3rd largest canton in Switzerland, is among the most prosperous ones, and has for a long time been focusing on education, science and innovation. Famous universities like UNIL, HEIG-VD are located there. During the workshop, based on 12-year experience in UAS, Madame Lyon will share with us from the aspect of organization, difficulties and the evolution of UAS system in Switzerland. On the Chinese side, Dr. Zhang Zhi, Expert in Division of Research and Data Analysis, National Center for Schooling Development Programme, Ministry of Education and other invited speaker will be Chinese experts, scholars and insiders, each of them will present their related experience. Due to the time limite, no English-Chinese translation will be offered.

During this workshop, you will be able to learn more about the UAS system in Switzerland:
In the mid-1990s, 7 public Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) were set up in Switzerland. In 2005 and 2008, two private UASs were approved by the Federal Council. Unlike tertiary level A universities, which mainly conduct fundamental research, UASs focus on applied research and development. At the crossroads between practical training and academic knowledge, UASs play an important role as drivers of innovation. Today, research activities account for over 20% of the total UAS operating costs. Taken together, UASs offer over 300 degree programs. Around 230 of these programs are at Bachelor level. They generally require three years of fulltime study or four to five years of part-time study. Around 15% of those who obtain a Bachelor’s degree go on to take a Master’s, which generally takes about three semesters. The courses on offer include: engineering, information technology, architecture, construction and planning, chemistry, life sciences, agriculture and forestry, business and services, design, health, social work, music, theatre and other artistic disciplines, applied psychology, applied linguistics and physical education.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Linda Lou, Project Leader Academic Affairs, via