According to the Federal Council’s message, the Swiss Virtual Campus will be
run by the existing Swiss University Conference and taken over by the new SUC
when that comes into operation.
Two bodies have been set up to prepare and implement the whole programme: the
Swiss Virtual Campus Commission and the Swiss Virtual Campus Steering Committee.
The creation of two supervisory bodies will ensure that there is close contact
with universities, which is essential for the success of the programme, and
that the proposals submitted will receive an impartial assessment by recognised
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The main responsibilities of the institutions are as follows:
The Swiss University Conference (SUC) is responsible for the programme. As determined by the federal resolution,
the SUC makes the final decision on financing of projects and mandates recommended
by the Steering Committee and approves the financial plan developed by the Steering
Committee (SC) is responsible for the implementation of the programme.
It evaluates the incoming proposals, selects which will be supported and negotiates
the financing of the individual projects and mandates.
Management is under control of the secretariat of the SUC. It is responsible
for all organisational questions and monitors the progress of the programme
in general as well as of each individual project and mandate. At the request
of the Steering Committee, it prepares the programme progress and financial
The Commission has prepared the call for proposals. It establishes contacts with interested
parties from the university, cantonal, federal, and business communities.
The universities of applied sciences (UAS) and the Swiss federal institutes
of technology (SFIT) are completely integrated within the programme, and are
appropriately represented in the Steering Committee.
The Federal Office for Education
and Science (FES) is responsible for controlling, progress and financial
reporting, and auditing the Swiss Virtual Campus programme. It establishes appropriate
guide and hands down decrees.
A progress report and a financial report must be submitted annually. The 2002
annual report will serve an important purpose not only as an interim report
on the programme but also as part of the next message on promoting education,
research and technology. The final report serves as a basis for the third phase;
it will include an evaluation in the form of an analysis of the impact of the
programme and enable the Swiss University Conference to draw conclusions concerning
the Swiss Virtual Campus programme and make recommendations to the decision-making
bodies in the field of education. It is planned to organise a public event to
mark the end of the project.