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The Rectorate directs and represents the HES-SO. It is composed of the Rector, who presides over it, three Vice-Rectors and a Secretary General. The Rectorate is supported by the Central Services in Delémont.

Luciana Vaccaro, Rector

Luciana Vaccaro has been the first female Rector of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland since October 1st, 2013.

Along with the Rectorate team, which assumed office at the beginning of 2014, the Rector pursues the development of academic missions encompassing the reinforcement of the HES-SO’s proximity with the relevant professional environments as well as its promotion within the higher learning, research and innovation landscapes nationally and internationally.

In May 2014, Luciana Vaccaro was designated as successor to Monika Wohler (Fachhochschule Ostschweiz) on the Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) as Representative of the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences (KFH). This position, which came into effect in September 2014, marks the first time for the HES-SO.

With an Ph.D. in Sciences from the EPFL, Luciana Vaccaro began her career as Assistant Professor at the Microtechnic Institute of the University of Neuchâtel (Institut de microtechnique de l’Université de Neuchâtel), before taking on the directorship of a MAS (Master of Advanced Studies) programme in Health Economics at the University of Lausanne.

In 2009, she established the Grants Office of the EPFL, which she led up until her nomination to the head of the HES-SO.

See also the presentation by Luciana Vaccaro at the 2014 TEDx Geneva conference on the theme of “Academic liberty, public funding and social ethics” ( «Liberté académique, fonds publics et éthique sociétale»).

Yves Rey, Vice-Rector, Teaching

After directing the faculty of Management and Services in Valais, Yves Rey took on the overall responsibility for this field at the HES-SO in 2007.

As such, he directed the field in 6 schools as well as the HES-SO Master.

As Vice-Rector, Teaching, he is now tasked with reinforcing the academic aspects, as well as guiding the institutional accreditation process and the positioning of the HES-SO study streams.


Patrick Furrer, Vice-Rector, Research and Innovation

Patrick Furrer is responsible for the coordination and reinforcement of research and innovation within the HES-SO.

With strong experience as a researcher, he has built a solid network with partners both nationally and internationally.

Formerly Vice-Director of Euresearch, he led the National Contact Point for Information and Communication Technologies for 12 years.


Denis Berthiaume, Vice-Rector, Quality

Denis Berthiaume brings to the HES-SO broad international expertise gained as a lecturer in university pedagogy and international relations in France, Belgium, Canada, Japan, Morocco, the United Kingdom and Tunisia.

Denis Berthiaume has also led the centre for teaching support of the University of Lausanne.

Prior to joining the HES-SO, he worked as a consultant in teaching development for higher learning, working with 30 institutions of higher learning in six countries.

Sarah Kopse-Scholberg, Secretary General

Sarah Kopse-Scholberg assists the Rector and the Office in the steering and management of the institution.
She was previously a consultant for a project linked to Harvard University, where she earned her MPA.

She also worked for five years with the Federal Parliament as a sub-commissions secretary and scientific staff member.

Before joining the HES-SO, Sarah Kopse-Scholberg was advisor to the Director General of the SRG SSR.




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