Contact details of the institution hosting the BHO
Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities CRUS
The BHO has been hosted by swissuniversities since January 2013. On 21 November 2012, the academic universities, universities of applied science and universities of teacher education in Switzerland together founded swissuniversities. The main task of this institution, to begin with, is to gradually prepare the merger of the three conferences that currently exist – CRUS, KFH and COHEP – to form the joint national rectors’ conference of Swiss universities by the end of 2014. This new institution is proposed in the Swiss Higher Education Bill on the promotion of universities and coordination in Switzerland’s higher education sector due to come into force in 2015. Furthermore, swissuniversities will endeavour to consolidate and further develop collaboration between the Swiss academic universities, universities of applied sciences and universities of teacher education und play a role in their coordination at national level. Since the beginning of 2013, it has been acting at an international level as national rectors’ conference in the place of CRUS for all Swiss academic universities, universities of applied sciences and universities of teacher education.
Swissuniversities and the ESC Zurich are in close collaboration. Euraxess Zurich undertakes a number of “BHO tasks” such as participating in TOPII.
EURAXESS Services Centres
Each cantonal university hosts an ESC (Basel, Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, Lugano, Neuenburg, St. Gallen, Zurich), but the ESC in Zurich is also in charge of the University of Zurich and of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Within the universities, the ESCs are either included in the Euresearch regional offices or in the international relations offices. One ESC is included in the HR department.
Local Contact Point
The LoCP is hosted by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.
Structure of the national network
Swissuniversities has the roles of the national coordinator, portal administrator and European coordinator. The Euraxess Coordination Board has been set up, which is consulted for strategic issues concerning Euraxess. Furthermore swissuniversities collaborates closely with the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation. In a common group of experts from different authorities such as the Federal Office for Migration and the Federal Social Insurance Office, the State Secretariat organises meetings to discuss a variety of topics. Swissuniversities and the ESCs are in regular contact and meet once or twice a year.
Swissuniversities and Euraxess Zurich are in close collaboration. Even if Euraxess Zurich is not officially appointed as BHO, it undertakes a number of BHO tasks such as participating in TOP2.
Full-time equivalent staff: Number of persons: BHO: 0.7 BHO: 4 ESC: 2.5 ESC: 13 LoCP: ? LoCP:(persons in charge): 1
Declaration of Commitment (DoC)
All institutions in the network have signed the DoC.
National funding of the EURAXESS Services Network
Since 2005, the CRUS has been designated as the BHO by the SER, the State Secretariat for Education and Research; for the years 2011 and 2012, the CRUS receives funding from the SER for coordinating the national network. Each ESC is funded by the respective university/Federal Institute of Technology.
Target groups of the Bridgehead Organisation
- authorities (State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, ministries, cantons, EC),
- university staff (management and administrative level), researchers and students
Target groups of the EURAXESS Services Centres
- administrative staff
Target groups of the Local Contact Point
- administrative staff
Relationship and communication between the BHO, the Steering Group for Human Resources and Mobility for Researchers (SG HRM), the National Contact Points (NCPs) and the Programme Committee
There are two SG HRM delegates: a representative of the SERI, the State Secretariat for Education and Research, and a person in charge of the BHO activities at swissuniversities. They are in contact on a weekly basis. The SERI representative also attends the People Programme Committee meetings, where the person in charge of the NCP does the substitution. The SERI and the NCP are in regular contact.