University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland

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University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland
founding January 1, 2006
Sponsorship Cantons of Aargau , Basel-Country , Basel-Stadt , Solothurn
place Windisch AG
President of the Board of Directors Crispino Bergamaschi
Students 12,419 (2018)
Employee 2947 (2018)
including professors 524 (2018)
Networks Swissuniversities

The University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) is a university of applied sciences in Switzerland and is active in teaching, research, further education and services. It is an intercantonal public-law institution with its own legal personality. The sponsors are the cantons of Aargau , Basel-Landschaft , Basel-Stadt and Solothurn . The FHNW comprises the following nine universities, which are concentrated in Basel, Brugg-Windisch, Muttenz and Olten: applied psychology, architecture, construction and geomatics, design and art, life sciences, music, teacher training, social work, technology and Economy. The head office is in Windisch AG .

Performance mandate

As part of the state treaty between the cantons of Aargau, Basel-Landschaft, Basel-Stadt and Solothurn, the sponsoring cantons lead the FHNW with a four-fold performance mandate. This includes training and further education, application-oriented research and development as well as services for the benefit of third parties. One of the concerns is the success of the graduates on the labor market. One focus is on the interdisciplinary processing of social issues and challenges such as the aging of society, the energy transition and the consequences of digital change.


The courses are characterized by their practical relevance and are offered as full and / or part-time courses. The FHNW offers 29 Bachelor's and 17 Master's programs in the fields of applied psychology, architecture, construction and geomatics, design and art, life sciences, music, teacher training, social work, technology and economics.

Development of student numbers (enrolled students as of October 15, excluding further education)

year Diploma / Bachelor master Total m / f (in%)
2018 10,308 2111 12,419 50/50
2017 10'218 2012 12,230 50/50
2016 9943 1945 11,888 49/51
2015 9436 1826 11'262 49/51
2014 8871 1663 10,534 48/52
2013 8424 1579 10'003 49/51
2012 7893 1543 9436 49/51
2011 7405 1489 8894 50/50
2010 7344 1316 8660 50/50
2009 7115 1057 8172 50/50
2008 6891 544 7435 50/50
2007 6401 119 6520 51/49
2006 6101 61 6162 52/48

further education

Further education offers Master of Advanced Studies (MAS), Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS), Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS), as well as specialist seminars and conferences.

Research and service

In addition to education and training, application-oriented research and development is of great importance. In a spectrum of scientific disciplines, the FHNW realizes research projects together with partners from industry, economy, culture, administration and institutions and also participates in European research programs. The FHNW promotes the transfer of knowledge and technology to companies and institutions.

In 2018, application-oriented research and development comprised 1251 projects and 371 service projects.

Strategic Initiatives

In order to strengthen the competence for interdisciplinary cooperation, three-year impulse programs are launched (strategic initiatives). The strategic initiatives are intended to build up competencies for cooperation with practice partners and provide impulses for teaching.

The strategic initiatives 2015 to 2017 were successfully implemented. The focus for 2018 to 2020 will be on the following topics: digital change in construction, digital technologies for people with disabilities, digital entertainment games for the elderly, collaborative robots and mobile health processes.


The FHNW was founded on January 1, 2006, based on a state treaty between the supporting cantons of Aargau, Basel-Landschaft, Basel-Stadt and Solothurn. It emerged from the merger of the Aargau University of Applied Sciences (FHA), the Basel University of Applied Sciences (FHBB), the Solothurn University of Applied Sciences (FHSO), the University of Education and Social Work in Basel and the Solothurn University of Education. Since January 1, 2008, the University of Music and Schola Cantorum Basiliensis have been integrated into the FHNW.


People from over 60 nations work and study at the FHNW. In addition, the FHNW maintains partnerships with foreign universities and institutions and participates in European research programs as well as in the implementation of trinational and multilingual courses.


The FHNW's strategic management body is the University of Applied Sciences Council (President of the University of Applied Sciences Council: Ursula Renold), which is elected by the governments of the supporting cantons. Operationally, the FHNW is managed by the Executive Committee (President: Crispino Bergamaschi ) and the Management.

The upper supervision of the FHNW is exercised by the parliaments of the four supporting cantons. You set up an Inter-Parliamentary Commission (IPK). The four cantonal governments are responsible for joint supervision of the FHNW, the business of which is prepared by the government committee and the four education directors. Financial supervision is carried out by the financial controls of the host cantons.

The FHNW consists of nine universities (* = main location):

In 2013 the FHNW Campus Brugg-Windisch and the FHNW Campus Olten were opened. The new FHNW Campus Muttenz was opened in 2018.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Crispino Bergamaschi. Retrieved May 13, 2019 .
  2. a b c d Annual Report 2018. Retrieved May 13, 2019 .
  3. ^ Members. In: swissuniversities, 2019, accessed on August 31, 2019 .
  4. The FHNW - portrait. Retrieved April 24, 2019 .
  5. Strategic Initiatives 2018 to 2020 . FHNW. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  6. Strategic Initiatives 2015 to 2017. Accessed April 24, 2019 .
  7. University of Applied Sciences Council. Retrieved April 24, 2019 .
  8. Ursula Renold. Retrieved April 24, 2019 .
  9. Executive Board. Retrieved April 24, 2019 .
  10. management. Retrieved April 24, 2019 .