In Svizzera si svolgono ricerche internazionali di alto livello. Il CERN, celebre per aver contribuito allo sviluppo di Internet e alla scoperta del bosone di Higgs, e l’ambizioso Human Brain Project ne sono due importanti esempi.
An indication of the high quality of Switzerland's higher education and research providers is their performance in international higher education rankings. Both Swiss universities and the two federal institutes of technology in Lausanne and Zurich systematically rate highly in these lists. Thanks to the fact that Switzerland invests heavily in research and development, it has earned the reputation as one of the most innovative and competitive countries in the world.