Swiss Schools Abroad are Considering Vocational Training

by swisscham in Culture & Society

The new Federal Law on the diffusion of Swiss vocational training abroad (LESE) gives the possibility to these institutions to extend the offer subsidized by the Confederation, creating then a curriculum of basic vocational training combining practical training in companies and theoretical teaching at school. The export of this learning model, which attracts more and more interest abroad, is a strategic priority for Switzerland in the framework of international cooperation formation. There are currently 17 Swiss schools located in Europe, Asia and Latin America with approximately 7,500 students including 1800 from Switzerland. As for the creation of new Swiss schools abroad, discussions are ongoing. In China for instance, an association has been founded for this purpose, says Derrick Widmer, President of educationsuisse. He estimates that Switzerland must act quickly, especially in developing countries. However, this initiative is not an easy undertaking in an area affected by strong competition from private international schools.

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