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Swiss school eyes longer holidays for non-smoking staff
File photo: Flickr

Staff at a school in the canton of Basel Country who provide a positive role model by not smoking should receive an extra week's holiday, one member of staff has suggested.

Zurich 'to force kindergarten to take German classes'
File photo: AFP

Should children of kindergarten age be forced to study German if their language skills aren't up to scratch?

Zurich snubs plan to let school kids sleep in
File photo: Dan DeLuca

School children in Zurich who were expecting to get a little more sleep have seen their hopes dashed.

School with 163-year history named top 'young' university
EPFL in Lausanne. Photo: Alain Herzog

Lausanne’s federal technology institute EPFL was founded in its current form in the 1960s, but dates back far longer.

School brings in legal expert over handshake issue
The school is located in Therwil, near the city of Basel. File photo: Michelle Kinsey Bruns

A Swiss legal expert will decide on the validity of a decision by a Therwil school to allow male Muslim students to avoid shaking hands with female teachers for religious reasons.

Teacher fired over doggy daycare dilemma
File photo: Jens Peter Salvesen

A primary school in Bern has dismissed a popular teacher for continuing to bring her blind dog into class.

Outrage as teacher uses suicide case in physics lesson
Pont Bessières bridge in Lausanne. Photo: Grez Wikimedia Commons.

Parents and students have reacted with shock and anger after a teacher decided to use suicide as an example in a physics lesson.

ETH Zurich named top non-UK university in Europe
ETH Zurich regularly rates highly in international rankings. Photo: Ed Seymour

The Swiss federal technology institute is the only establishment outside the UK to place in the top five of the prestigious Times Higher Education's European rankings.

Switzerland makes top six in world literacy study
Photo: Jo Naylor

Switzerland beaten only by Nordic countries in study analyzing literate behaviour and resources.

Children told to speak German or pay 'penalty'
Photo: Canton of Solothurn

Parents of children who do not speak German at all times at a school in the canton of Solothurn have been warned they will be forced to pay a financial penalty.

Zurich and Lausanne unis launch 43 startups
Photo: ETH Zurich

Switzerland's top-ranked universities, the federal institutes of technology in Zurich (ETH) and Lausanne (EPFL) created a total of 43 startup companies in 2015.

International language firm to take over bourse
Photo: SIX Swiss Exchange

Education First (EF), an international language training company founded in Sweden, has confirmed that it is acquiring the building housing the Swiss stock exchange in Zurich.

How international school prepped me for Columbia
Alex Kuznetsov on campus at Columbia. Photo: Handout

International schools have a reputation for putting students in a "bubble" but Alex Kuznetsov explains how attending such schools in Zurich prepared him well for New York's prestigious Columbia University.

New English school set to open in Geneva
Photo: Geneva English School

Reflecting continuing strong demand for English-language schooling in the Lake Geneva region, the Geneva English School has announced plans to launch a new secondary school next year.

Swiss rank second for education spending
Photo: OECD

Switzerland is second only to Luxembourg among developed countries for its level of public spending on education, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says.

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