| Organization SVC Consolidation Program
In accordance with the Federal Council’s message, the Swiss Virtual
Campus is to be run by the existing Swiss University Conference and taken
over by the new SUC when it commences operations.
Two bodies were set up to prepare and implement the entire Programme: the
SVC Commission and the SVC Steering Committee. The creation of two supervisory
bodies ensures that there is close contact with universities, which is essential
for the success of the Programme, and that the proposals submitted are given
an impartial assessment by recognised specialists.
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The main responsibilities of the institutions are as follows:
University Conference (SUC)
Under the agreement between the Swiss government and the university
cantons on collaboration in the university field, the SUC provides project-linked
funds (Art. 6 Para. 1 Item b) and thus assumes responsibility for the
Programme. It approves the Implementation Plan and appoints the members
of the Steering Committee and its chair upon the proposal of the CRUS.
Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS)
The development of online courses and their integration with university
curricula are eminently academic areas. Together with the opportunity
to strengthen the engagement of the rectorates at the local level through
the creation of competence centres, it was deemed appropriate that the
operational implementation of the SVC Programme at the national level
should also come under the rectorates. This approach was approved by the
CRUS, to which the operational implementation was entrusted as of 1 January
2004. The programme coordination office (administration) will be attached
to the CRUS for administrative purposes, in the same way as it is now
under the SUC. In addition, the CRUS ensures the link between the rectorates
and the Programme, a function hitherto handled by the SVC Commission,
which was wound up at the end of 2003.
The Steering Committee is responsible for implementing the Programme.
Its brief is as follows:
- to carry out the Implementation Plan for 2004-2007
- to define the qualitative criteria for project selection
- to organize submissions for projects
- to evaluate and select drafts and project applications for universities,
and propose finance plans for them
- to evaluate drafts and project applications for universities of applied
sciences and forward them to the OPET
- to monitor and support projects during their development phase
- to define the mandates to support the Programme and the development
of projects; it can decide to place mandates up to an amount of 50,000
francs per contract
- to submit reports
- to inform the public
The Steering Committee consists of 10 members, including the chair and
two foreign experts. The State Secretariat for Education and Research
SER (former Federal Office for Education and Science FOES), OPET, CRUS
und SUC each delegate a permanent observer. Guests may be invited to take
part in meetings.
The Committee may set up technical groups. It submits its financial proposals
to the CRUS for the attention of the SUC.
of the SVC Program
The main task of the SVC coordination office (administration) is to assist
the Steering Committee in the performance of its duties and in securing
the link with and between university competence centres. Its other tasks
- responsibility for all matters pertaining to programme organization
- drafting of qualitative and financial reports
- budget preparation
- following up mandates and projects in cooperation with the Steering
- Event organization.
Secretariat for Education and Research SER ( former Federal Office for Education and Science FOES)
The SER is responsible for credit management, auditing and reporting,
and issues guidelines for this purpose.
Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (OPET)
The OPET promotes the introduction of eLearning at the Universities of Applied Sciences. The OPET is also represented in the Steering Committee SVC.