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Naming of a new vice-rector Quality. Validation of a new funding model of HES⁠-⁠SO schools by the Governmental Committe. Decision to launch two Masters of Science in Osteopathy and in Health Sciences (together with Unil-UNIGE).


First elections at the HES⁠-⁠SO and the HES⁠-⁠SO Valais-Wallis.

A collaborative council and six disciplinary 

participatory councils are elected for the entire HES⁠-⁠SO and a representative council for the HES⁠-⁠SO Valais-Wallis.


In March, accession of a new Rectorate. Launch of a Bachelor of Science HES⁠-⁠SO in Oesteopathy (September 2014), a Master in Interdisciplinary Innovation for Product & Business Development (INNOKICK – September 2015), a Master of Science HES⁠-⁠SO in Global Hospitality Business (September 2015).


New agreement enters into effect. The Governing Committee nominates the first Rector of the HES⁠-⁠SO. A full Rector’s Council, composed of three Vice-Rectors and a Secretary General, is nominated in December. The HES⁠-⁠SO celebrates its 15th anniversary.


The new inter-cantonal agreement is validated by the parliaments of all the HES⁠-⁠SO cantons (Be-Ju-Ne, Genève, Fribourg, Valais, Vaud). HES-SO//Transition is launched in order to streamline the transition towards this new agreement and to prepare for the future institutional accreditation.


The Federal Department of Economic Affairs authorises the launch of the two Master programmes en Ingénierie du territoire (Geomatics, Land Management and Civil Engineering) and in Theatre with the Master Campus Theater CH. In July, the new agreement is submitted for consultation by the cantonal governments. In November, the first cantonal Parliament (Valais) validates this document unanimously.

2010 In January, the Federal Council unconditionally approved the HES⁠-⁠SO’s preliminary draft agreement.

In February, the Federal Department of Economic Affairs authorizes the launch of the Master in Nursing Sciences offered jointly by the HES⁠-⁠SO and the University of Lausanne. In August, the group of experts appointed by the Federal Council submits its report on the preliminary draft of the Agreement.


In April 2008 the Federal Council confirms the HES⁠-⁠SO’s management authorisation. At the end of November the Strategic Committee of the HES⁠-⁠SO submits a preliminary draft of the Agreement to the Federal Council.


The HES⁠-⁠SO is given the authority to launch eight new Master programmes (Engineering Sciences, Business, Management and Services, Music, Design and Fine Arts) that augments the existing offer in Architecture and Cinema.

2006 Start of the integration of the Fine arts into the HES⁠-⁠SO provision.

Integration of music into the HES⁠-⁠SO provision. The Intercantonal Agreement on the Universities of Applied Sciences (AHES) of the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education comes into force. This text specifies the contributions to be made by the students’ home cantons to the UAS authorities.


Merge of SO and S2: the fields Engineering Sciences and Architecture, Business, Management and Services, Design and Health, Social Work are brought together under the label of HES⁠-⁠SO.


The Intercantonal HES-S2 Convention creates the UAS of Health and Social Work of Western Switzerland (S2). The degree courses start a year later.

The Intercantonal Agreement on the UASs regulates access to the UAS at intercantonal level, together with the contributions to be made by the students’ home cantons to the UAS authorities.

The Intercantonal Concordat on the HES⁠-⁠SO is signed. It binds the cantons involved and determines the structures and operational methods of the HES⁠-⁠SO in the fields of Engineering Sciences and Architecture, Business, Management and Services and Applied Arts.


The Ordinance for the creation and management of the Universities of Applied Sciences (OHES) of 11 September 1996 sets out the Federal law on the UASs. It specifies in particular the degree courses, the approved qualifications, as well as the measures relating to professional development and applied research and development.

The Swiss Parliament votes in the Federal law on UASs.
The Conference of the cantonal offices for professional training of French-speaking Switzerland and Ticino (CRFP) decides to create a single UAS for Western Switzerland.



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