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Swiss Distance University of Applied Sciences

Created in 1998, the Swiss Distance University of Applied Sciences (Swiss Distance UAS) offers nationally recognised Bachelor and Master's degrees as well as a range of further education courses in economics, information technology, law and health. By allowing students to study anywhere and at their own pace, the Swiss Distance UAS enables students to combine work, family and study. 


The Swiss Distance UAS has regional centres in Zurich, Basel, Bern and Brig. It employs over 100 full-time and more than 400 part-time lecturers who focus on conveying subject-specific knowledge in a practice-orientated tuition to a total of about 2300 students (as of 2018). In 2004, the Swiss Distance UAS became an affiliated school of the Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana (SUPSI). 


The Swiss Distance UAS offers degree courses in applied sciences based on blended learning. This means that about 80% of the formation takes place through supervised distance study, while the remaining 20% is done at the regional centres in Zurich, Bern, Basel and Brig. By offering innovative courses that combine different types of e-learning with traditional education methods, and by training professionals without removing them from their jobs, the Swiss Distance UAS has closed a gap in the Swiss educational system. 


In its three research institutes, the Swiss Distance UAS engages in applied research covering web science, management, innovation and e-learning that complies with all national Swiss education standards:

Institute for Research in Open-, Distance- and eLearning (IFeL)


The Institute for Management and Innovation (IMI)


Laboratory for Web Science (LWS)



The Swiss Distance University of Applied Sciences (SDUAS) has been conducting research into technology-based learning for almost 20 years. In 2016, these research achievements were honoured with a UNESCO Chair for Personalised and Adaptive Distance Education.