Switzerland, which is known for the Alps which covers more than sixty percent of its area and which is known for its scenic beauty, is being sought for higher education by students in recent past. Berne, being the capital city and Zurich being the largest city, Switzerland offers multiple educational opportunities at the under-graduate, graduate and post-graduate/doctoral levels.
French, German, Romanish and Italian are spoken and are the four national languages of Switzerland. With the United Nations headquarters located here, Switzerland houses twelve major universities that has research as their core objective and who are authorized to provide doctoral degrees.Apart from them, there are nine universities for applied sciences which offer professional studies and fourteen universities that offer teacher education. The University of Applied Science lays emphasis on practical application and hence students who complete these courses immediately get placed in the corporate set-ups. Hotel management schools are also present in Switzerland.
All the universities in Switzerland promote research and the Innovation Promotion Agency CTI and Swiss National Science Foundation are the key organizations that play a vital role relating to research in various disciplines in the Swiss. Research related to technology and science is very prominent in Swiss and other fields where research related studies is predominant in Swiss are health sciences, social sciences, education, fine arts and music.
For entering into a bachelors degree, a 12th standart equivalent qualification would suffice and for a masters degree, a bachelors degree would suffice. There are many programs that are offered in English in Swiss. For details relating to bachelors, masters and other programs and medium of instruction of a particular university, one can acquire the details from the Embassy of Switzerland that are present in many locations in India namely, Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkota.
The most prominent universities in Swiss are ETH Zurich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, St.Gallen, Berne University of Applied Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences and Arts and many more.
Swiss universities have produced many Nobel laureates, more notably Wilhelm Konrad Rontgen who was instrumental in discovering the X-rays. The current number of Nobel laureates that these universities have produced stands at twenty one and this is sure to increase in the days to come.