Switzerland National Experiences

Published: 19/07/2011 | Modified: 16/12/2014, 4:42 pm

Contact details of the institution hosting the BHO

 

Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities CRUS

Address: Sennweg 2
Phone: +41313066036
Mail: bho@euraxess.ch
URL web site: www.swissuniversities.ch
URL national EURAXESS portal: www.euraxess.ch

Bridgehead Organisation

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

  • researchers
  • administrative staff

Target groups of the Local Contact Point

  • researchers
  • 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.

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1. General information

Published: 15/12/2014 | Modified: 15/12/2014, 9:30 pm

The Swiss security system is divided into five areas:

  1. The Swiss old-age, survivors’ and disability insurance scheme (3 pillar system
  2. Protection against the consequences of illness and accidents
  3. Income compensation allowances in case of maternity
  4. Unemployment
  5. Family allowances

2. Foreign employee

Published: 15/12/2014 | Modified: 15/12/2014, 9:30 pm

  • Employees enjoy full social security coverage
  • No difference between fixed and temporary contracts

3. Foreign researcher without contract

Published: 15/12/2014 | Modified: 15/12/2014, 9:31 pm

Depending on the citizenship of a researcher and the existence of bilateral social security agreements the person may be subject to the Swiss social insurance system or may be exempted.

4. Foreign student

Published: 15/12/2014 | Modified: 15/12/2014, 9:31 pm

Regardless of citizenship, all students and PhD candidates who are gainfully employed or who reside in Switzerland are subject to health insurance, the old-age, survivors’ and invalidity insurance

5. Comments on benefits

Published: 15/12/2014 | Modified: 15/12/2014, 9:32 pm

Health insurance- access to medical treatment, compulsory for everyone residing longer than 3 months. Must be taken out individually from one of the health insurance companies.

Accident and occupational disease insurance – compulsory for all employees.

Maternity leave – granted for 14 months when 1. The insured person is engaged in paid employment 2. She has been insured in the compulsory old age and survivors’ pension during the nine months immediately prior to delivery, 3. She has worked during this period for at least five months.

Family allowance – employed parents of children up to the age of 16 (or 25 in the event of an apprenticeship or on-going education) are entitled to family allowances.

Unemployment – A person is entitled to unemployment benefits when he/she had been employed and paying compulsory contributions for at least 12 months during a two-year period.

Old-age, survivors’ and invalidity insurance AVS (1st pillar) is the basic pension insurance – compulsory for all residents

The occupational pension scheme (2nd pillar) – compulsory for all employees.

Individual provident measures (3rd pillar): voluntary basis

6. Eager to learn more?

Published: 19/12/2014 | Modified: 09/01/2015, 1:54 pm

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