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Bern approves solution for Erasmus students
Students intending to go on an Erasmus exchange in 2014-15 will now be able to. Photo: Jirka Matousek

Bern approves solution for Erasmus students

Following the suspension of Switzerland's participation in the Erasmus student exchange programme, on Wednesday the federal government approved plans for a 23-million-franc ($26 million) interim solution. READ () »

 Reputation of top Swiss universities rises: survey
Photo: ETH Zurich

Reputation of top Swiss universities rises: survey

Switzerland’s top two universities have boosted their global reputation in the eyes of academics, according to a new survey. READ () »

Swiss students shut out of EU exchange deal
The door to European exchange is being shut. Photo: zvg

Swiss students shut out of EU exchange deal

The European Union has blocked Switzerland from its Erasmus+ student exchange programme as a result of the vote to re-introduce quotas on EU citizens. READ () »

Business school teacher shows porn in class
File photo: Velkr0

Business school teacher shows porn in class

Students at a Zurich business school on Monday were surprised to see pornographic images beamed on to the classroom blackboard after their teacher forgot to turn off the overhead projector. READ () »

Zurich couple fined for taking kids to America
Zurich school officials take a dim view of unofficial holidays for students. Photo: Frank Perry/AFP/Getty Images/File

Zurich couple fined for taking kids to America

Removing your children from public school in the canton of Zurich during a period outside official holidays can be an expensive process, as one couple recently found out. READ () »

EU freezes research and student exchange funds
Photo illustration used for the EU's Horizon 2020 programme. Image: European Commission

EU freezes research and student exchange funds

In a tit-for-tat retaliation, the European Union has frozen research grants for Swiss universities worth hundreds of millions of euros and suspended the involvement of Switzerland in the Erasmus student exchange programme. READ () »

Immigration vote
Student groups fight threatened mobility curbs
Students outside the University of Zurich: hundreds of millions of euros for research are also at risk. Photo: University of Zurich

Student groups fight threatened mobility curbs

In yet more fallout from the decision of Swiss voters to curb immigration to Switzerland from the European Union, student organizations are alarmed about the impact this will have on educational exchange programmes. READ () »

Swiss ban proposed on sex education for kids
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Swiss ban proposed on sex education for kids

Swiss voters will decide whether to ban compulsory sex education for children under nine after conservative groups mustered enough signatures to force a plebiscite, the authorities said on Monday. READ () »

US Coursera bans impact Swiss universities
Aerial view of EPFL. Photo: Alain Herzog

US Coursera bans impact Swiss universities

Internet courses offered by Swiss universities through the Coursera online learning platform that were supposed to be accessible anywhere in the world have been blocked in four countries by American government sanctions. READ () »

Neuchâtel reinstates plagiarizing expat prof
Professor Sam Blili. Photo: University of Neuchâtel

Neuchâtel reinstates plagiarizing expat prof

The Neuchâtel government after lengthy deliberations said on Wednesday it has lifted the suspension of an expat Canadian university professor accused of plagiarism while issuing a reprimand against him. READ () »

Server crash hits Zurich university online exam
Photo: University of Zurich

Server crash hits Zurich university online exam

Red-faced administrators at the University of Zurich’s faculty of law are having to rethink a decision to allow students to take exams online after a server crash foiled one such experiment on Monday. READ () »

Teacher jailed for ‘sado-masochism’ with pupils
The Aigle theatre where the teacher worked. Photo: Faceebook

Teacher jailed for ‘sado-masochism’ with pupils

A former theatre teacher convicted of having sex and sado-masochistic relations with adolescent girls who were his pupils, over a 10-year period, was sentenced by a Lausanne magistrates’ court on Thursday to five years in jail. READ () »

Wawrinka teams up with Swiss hospitality schools
Florent Rondez (SEG), Stanislas Wawrinka and Benoît Samson (SEG). Photo: Anja Hammächer

Wawrinka teams up with Swiss hospitality schools

The Swiss Education Group (SEG), operator of five English-language schools in hotel management and culinary arts, announced on Thursday the appointment of tennis star Stanislas Wawrinka as its new ambassador. READ () »

Swiss students best for maths outside Asia: Pisa
Photo: OECD

Swiss students best for maths outside Asia: Pisa

Students from Switzerland and neighbouring Liechtenstein outperformed those from the rest of the world outside of Asia in a global survey of 15-year-olds, released on Tuesday. READ () »

Zurich ranks among world’s top student cities
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Zurich ranks among world’s top student cities

Zurich is one of the top six cities in the world for university students, according to a ranking issued on Wednesday by QS, the consulting firm. READ () »

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