Bern University of Applied Sciences

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Bern University of Applied Sciences
Berner Fachhochschule
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Type Public university
Established 1997
Rector Dr. Herbert Binggeli
Administrative staff
2,282 (equivalent to 1,560 full-time)
of which professors: 888 (equivalent to 572 full-time) (31 December 2016)
Students 6,864 (31 December 2016)
Location Bern, Biel, Burgdorf, Magglingen, Zollikofen, Switzerland
Website http://www.bfh.ch/

The Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH, German: Berner Fachhochschule, French: Haute école spécialisée bernoise) is a public vocational university with a strong national and international profile. It comprises six departments and also incorporates the Higher Technical School of Wood, which is affiliated to the Department of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering.

Locations[edit]

BFH is currently spread across 26 locations in Bern, Biel, Burgdorf, Magglingen and Zollikofen. In 2012, the parliament (Grand Council) of the Canton of Bern decided to bring together the Department of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering and the Department of Engineering and Information Technology onto one campus in Biel. The Biel campus is expected to open in Autumn 2021.[1] The consolidation of the Department of Business, Health and Social Work and the Bern University of the Arts onto one campus in Bern is planned for Autumn 2023.[2]

Departments[edit]

The Departments of the Bern University of Applied Sciences include:[3]

  • Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering and the affiliated Higher Technical School of Wood
  • School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences
  • Bern University of the Arts
  • Engineering and Information Technology
  • Business, Health, Social Work
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen SFISM

As well as Bachelor and master's degree programmes, BFH offers continuing education, applied research and development and other services.

The sports, agriculture, forest science, automotive engineering, nutrition and dietetics, literary writing and medical informatics degree programmes are unique in German-speaking Switzerland or throughout the whole of Switzerland.

Growth[edit]

The following table shows how student numbers at the Bern University of Applied Sciences have grown since the University was founded in 1997.

Year1 Bachelor studies Master studies Diploma programmes2 Continuing education3 Total
1997[4] 800
2000[4] 4190
2005[5] 3893 940 4831
2006[5] 4255 868 5123
2007[6] 3454 62 256 557 4952
2008[7] 3944 372 20 479 4935
2009[8] 4835 663 32 593 5673
2010[9] 4734 883 5 715 6337
2011[10] 4938 975 0 506 6419
2012[11] 5127 1100 0 497 6724
2013[12] 5284 1090 0 401 6775
2014[13] 5477 1121 0 559 7157
2015[14] 5528 1136 0 151 6851
2016[15] 5609 1255 0 179 7043

1 Figures as of 31 December
2 Degree programmes prior to the Bologna Reform (which introduced Bachelor/Master's degree programmes)
3 Only MAS/EMBA students (not including CAS/DAS students). From 2014 onwards, non-matriculated MAS/EMBA students are also included in the statistics for BFH's areas of activity.

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Coordinates: 47°09′30″N 7°16′38″E / 47.1583°N 7.2772°E / 47.1583; 7.2772