Events - 29.03.2016 - 00:00 

Education trends in Switzerland

The HSG, PHSG and FHS jointly invite the general public to the Science Café in the St.Gallen Textile Museum. On Wednesday, 6 April 2016, 5.30 to 7 p.m., the vice-presidents of St.Gallen’s three institutions of tertiary education and their guests will discuss the latest trends in Switzerland’s education landscape and the value of the Maturität certificate.


30 March 2016. Are the skills displayed by new undergraduates in decline? And if they are, how can institutions of secondary and tertiary education counter this trend? Some educational researchers ascribe these decreasing educational standards to an increase in the proportion of young people who obtain the Maturität certificate. According to their hypothesis, the proportion of holders of this university entrance qualification has increased too strongly in a nationwide average: from 1985 onwards alone, it has soared from 12 per cent to about 20 per cent today.

The value of the Maturität certificate

What is Switzerland’s Maturität certificate worth today? How many people should be allowed to obtain this qualification? Are they able to study? Or should institutions of tertiary education introduce admission tests? Guests in the Science Café will include Dr. Marc König (Headmaster of the Cantonal School am Burggraben), Prof. Dr. Lukas Gschwend (Vice-President, Teaching, University of St.Gallen) and Prof. Dr. Martin Annen (Vice-President, Teaching, Pädagogische Hochschule St.Gallen). The debate will be moderated by Prof. Dr. José Gomez, Head of the Centre of Tertiary Education, FHS St.Gallen.

Science Café in St.Gallen

The Science Café deliberately eschews lectures. Instead, the focus will be on discussions with guests over a cup of coffee. The evening of Wednesday, 6 April 2016, 5.30 to 7 p.m. on the topic of “What is the Maturität certificate worth today?” will conclude the series of events in the St.Gallen Textile Museum, Vadianstrasse 2.

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