Universities of applied sciences (HES)

The universities of applied sciences are colleges geared to the practical side in both their curriculum and their research activities. These different courses are taken by around 4,700 students.

University of Art and Design, Lausanne (ECAL)


Renowned for its innovation and dynamism, the ECAL has earned itself an international reputation among the top ten of the schools of art and design in Europe. It is directed by Pierre Keller, one of the best known Swiss artists of his generation, who was awarded the French title "Officier des Arts et des Lettres de la République française" in 2000.

Lausanne Hotel School (EHL)


Set up in 1893 by Jacques Tschumi, this is the first and oldest hotel management establishment in the world, and the most renowned such establishment internationally among professionals in this sector. It is the only hotel school in Europe to have been accredited as an institution of higher education by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC, USA). It is the only hotel school in Switzerland to offer courses at UAS level (University of Applied Sciences) recognised by the government. Since it was established, the EHL has educated more than 25,000 in people in tourism-related fields. 1,400 students from more than 80 different countries are currently taking courses here.

Vaud School of Business and Engineering (HEIG-Vd)


The purpose of Vaud School of Business and Engineering is to provide future engineers and economists with the theoretical and practical knowledge they need to perform the technical and management tasks at management level. It has 1,500 students in nine bachelor programmes: business administration, microengineering, system engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, telecommunications, geomatics, media engineering, and engineering and management.

The University of Applied Sciences education centres also include the following schools :


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