"If these challenges from abroad are to be met, Switzerland must introduce certain structural changes to its education and research policy," said Petra Huth, a Credit Suisse analyst specialized in economic & social policy.
Higher education institutes need to be benchmarked against each other from a cost and quality point of view, to provide students with objective information about which faculties or courses offer the highest quality, Petra Huth
said.Medium-term labor force requirement also need to be forecast and published, enabling students to make well-informed choices about future job opportunities, she
explained.Such measures could diminish the existing mismatch between labor supply and demand, she
Research Results Need to Be Disseminated
..."Merging the country's two federal research development agencies , the Commission for Technology and Innovation (KTI) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) , would be one step forward, as it would trigger synergies and optimize the use of contacts," Petra Huth said.
A merger could in turn facilitate the assessment of projects.
"The allocation of research funds must also be reformed, so that the implementation of research results is better rewarded.Project results need to be systematically analyzed, in order to favor successful researchers, who should in turn benefit from additional financial means," Petra Huth
recommended."The link between research funds and the potential implementation of research results needs to be strengthened," she
underlined.This way, project funds can be allocated into areas stimulating economic growth."There would be an increased results-driven mentality and collaboration with the private sector," she