Tertiary level professional education

Key terms: Vocational and professional education in Switzerland / Mobility and exchange / Governance of vocational and professional education and training

Tertiary level professional education is a form of tertiary level education which provides programmes for demanding occupational fields and leadership positions. It serves the purposes of staff training and helps professionals to specialise.

Tertiary level professional education comprises:

  • colleges of higher education

  • Federal Diploma of Higher Education examinations and Advanced Federal Diploma of Higher Education examinations

Tertiary level professional education is a Swiss speciality. Its education and training programmes and qualifications are less known abroad, in particular in countries which do not have a dual vocational and professional education and training system. In many countries, equivalent programmes are implemented at university institutions. To strengthen tertiary level professional education, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) and the stakeholders in vocational and professional education and training have developed English titles for tertiary level professional education qualifications.

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Last update of this page: 27.08.2018

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