Switzerland is one of the most innovative and competitive countries in the world. For several years now it has topped the rankings of both the Global Innovation Index and the Global Competitiveness Index. Switzerlands universities of applied sciences are strong partners to the Swiss economy.
The University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW ranks amongst Switzerlands leading and most innovative universities of applied sciences. It is composed of nine Schools covering Applied Psychology, Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geomatics, Art and Design, Life Sciences, Music, Teacher Education, Social Work, Engineering and Business. The modern campuses are in northwestern Switzerland, near the borders with Germany and France and in the immediate vicinity of the cities of Basel and Zurich, as well as of national and international companies.
The FHNW has a student body numbering more than 10,000. With 29 bachelors and 18 masters programmes and numerous continuing education courses on offer, the practical education and training provided by its 800 or so lecturers is geared to the market. As a result, the FHNW turns out sought-after graduates. The Schools are concentrated in four campuses, located in Basel, Brugg/Windisch, Muttenz and Olten.
The majority of courses are taught in German: an increasing number of programmes however are offered partially or entirely in English. Please consult the individual sites.
Aside from the education and training offering, a high priority is placed on applied research and development. The FHNW participates in research projects alongside national and international partners from industry, business, culture, administration and institutions and is involved in European research programmes. FHNW, the University of Basel, the Paul Scherrer Institute and the Friedrich Miescher Institute collaborated to launch the «Integral Product Development» project. This project is to generate services and consultancies in the realm of application-oriented research and development and to position the FHNW as a knowledge transfer platform between schools of higher education, business and society.