Rectors' conference of the Swiss universities

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Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities / Conférence des Recteurs des Universités Suisses
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purpose Promote common concerns of Swiss universities and protect their interests
Chair: Christoph Schäublin (until 2002)
Executive Director: Matthias Stauffacher (until 2012), Raymond Werlen
Establishment date: January 1, 2001
Dissolution date: December 31, 2014
Number of members: Representatives of the universities
Seat : Bern , SwitzerlandSwitzerlandSwitzerland 
Website: at

The Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS) existed under this name from 2001 to 2014.

It emerged from the Swiss University Rectors' Conference (SHRK) founded in 1904 . Article 8 of the Federal Law on the Promotion of Universities and Cooperation in Higher Education (UFG) of October 8, 1999 and a “Cooperation Agreement” of December 14, 2000 (Section 3: Articles 11-14) gave the Rectors' Conference organ status for the first time . That is why it was newly constituted as an association with the name “Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities / Conference des Recteurs des Universités Suisses” (CRUS) with new statutes. The Conférence des Recteurs des Universités Suisses was the origin of the abbreviation CRUS and it provides a broader range of tasks and a changed division of labor with the Swiss University Conference as the highest higher education policy body.

On January 1, 2015, the CRUS joined the Rectors 'Conference of the Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences (KFH) and the Swiss Conference of Rectors of the Universities of Education (COHEP) in the newly founded Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities ( swissuniversities ) .

The CRUS pursued the goal of promoting the common concerns of the Swiss universities and protecting their interests. Among other things, she advocated coordination and cooperation in teaching, research and services. Occupied with all matters that require mutual understanding or a joint statement in the higher education sector, she represented all Swiss universities vis-à-vis political authorities, economic circles, social and cultural institutions and the public.

One of the tasks since 2001 has been to organize the registration process for studying medicine in Switzerland and to obtain approval for this.

Predecessor Swiss University Rectors' Conference (SHRK)

As early as 1904, the rectors of the universities and the ETHZ had come together rather informally for the Swiss University Rectors' Conference (SHRK) in order to discuss common issues and problems at occasional meetings and to cultivate friendly relations. At the end of the 20th century, the universities were called for more autonomy and the rectors were elected for longer terms, significantly strengthened and given greater powers. That is also why the CRUS was founded

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Federal law on the promotion of universities and cooperation in the higher education sector
  2. SUK INFO November 2010 - From SHRK to CRUS page 5
  3. compare federal law on the promotion of universities and coordination in the Swiss university sector
  4. Chr. Schäublin: From the SHRK to the CRUS SUK * CUS Info p. 5