The HES-SO Valais Wallis (formerly HEVs) is a high school in Switzerland , which is part of the Bern School of Western Switzerland. With its 9 degree programmes and 7 research institutes, the HES-SO Valais-Wallis is a leading hub of skills and innovation, preparing students for the world of work, and contributing both to economic and social development and to the creation of jobs within the canton. The HES-SO Valais-Wallis has around 2,300 students and is made up of 4 schools.
Starting in 2003, the development of regional HEIs, initially separated between HEVs and HES-S2, is evolving towards a rapprochement at the level of the administrative infrastructure (general secretariat). Specific identities remain preserved by the existence of two intercantonal legal instruments (concordat and convention), which establish two strategic committees and two separate steering committees, with a joint presidency. Following the adjustments required by legal compliance, French-speaking Switzerland will have fulfilled the federal requirement for single regional HES by 2006.
In 2007, this institution takes the name of HES-SO Valais. The 1st January 2015, the HES-SO Valais Wallis endorsed his status as an autonomous institution under public law, non-profit, with legal personality. The organization of the Valais-Wallis HES-SO, matrix-type, is compatible with both the HES missions and the "products" approach of the service contracts (new public management ). A single general directorate covers all the activities deployed on the sites of Sion, Sierre, Visp and Leukerbad. This enhanced internal alliance promotes synergy between the study programs and the mobilization of resources in the pursuit of common objectives.
The Valais-Wallis HES-SO is managed by a Director General and three Assistant Directors, who also carry out 50% of teaching and research activities. Food technology, biotechnology and analytical chemistry are the three aspects covered in the practice-based Bachelor of Science HES-SO in Life Technologies. Future engineers can rely on the skills of the teaching staff, who divide their time between teaching and research. Based in Sion, the Life Technologies degree programme and research institute combine their resources to provide the best possible training for future professionals and offer their skills in food technology, biotechnology and chemistry to SMEs and larger businesses in Valais and the rest of Switzerland.
The Institute of Life Technologies is part of the School of Engineering of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland Valais (HES-SO Valais-Wallis). Our activities include applied research and development (aR&D), services and continuing education courses. Our partners are SMEs and multinationals from the pharmaceutical, biotech, diagnostics, food, cosmetic and chemical industry sectors. Our team of approx. 70 professors, scientific and technical staff members carry out a large number of research projects every year. They provide a wide range of services and consultancy that fulfil the highest quality requirements.