The University of Lugano (Università della Svizzera italiana-USI) was founded in 1996. As a public institution independent of state control, it joined the nine cantonal universities and two federal institutes of technology that form the Swiss university system. It distinguishes itself as the only university outside Italy where the official language of tuition is Italian.
Today, USI comprises four Faculties: Economics, Communication Sciences and Computer Science in Lugano, and Architecture in Mendrisio, for a total student population of approximately 1550 from 35 different countries, and a total teaching staff of 300 professors and assistants.
Benefiting from a unique geographic, political, and cultural location, USI has gained distinction as a multilingual and multicultural university, with a broad international outlook. It enjoys privileged relations with several Italian universities, particularly with those located in Northern Italy, and has built special collaborative or exchange partnerships with a number of foreign universities in Europe and elsewhere.

The institutes involved in this project are the Faculty of Communication Sciences and Faculty of Informatics

Founded in 1898 as a «business academy», the University of St.Gallen (HSG) continues to pursue the goal of providing its nearly

5,000 students with a practice-oriented education, guided by an integrative view of business, economics, law and social sciences.

With success: The HSG has been constantly ranked among the top business schools in Europe , most recently as no. 1 together with

London Business School and LSE by the German magazine “Wirtschaftswoche” in 2005. Accreditations by EQUIS and AACSB International underline our commitment to a holistic curriculum that meets the highest academic standards.

The institute involved in this project is the MCM institute

From the time of its creation in 1559 by Jean Calvin, right up to the recent discovery by University astrophysicists of extrasolar planets, the University of Geneva has continued to grow and develop while maintaining its longstanding tradition of excellence with an international angle.

The University of Geneva is the second largest university in Switzerland and is a public institution of the Republic and Canton of Geneva. It pursues three missions: Teaching (classes are, in general, taught in French), research, and service to the wider community.

The institute involved in this project is the HEC Management Studies Department

We are a modern university.  The "Applied Sciences" means that we focus on not simply teaching theory, we enable those who come to us to apply this knowledge in practical projects or professional environments.  Students come to us with vocational training, education and/or experience already in place.  Our areas of competence include engineering, business, ITC, social work, education, applied psychology, design.

We not only teach undergraduates. We offer a high-quality selection of professional post-graduate courses and programs. We research and develop and offer consulting in our specialist fields.

The institute involved in this project is the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Technology (i3t)