Science, Technology & Education

Singapore ETH Centre – Future Cities Lab © Copyright ETHZ
Singapore ETH Centre – Future Cities Lab © Copyright ETHZ

About us

The Science and Technology Office of the Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore is part of the swissnex network developed by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). Its aim is to strengthen bilateral relations in science, technology, higher education, and innovation between Switzerland and Singapore. We report on developments in science and technology in Singapore and strengthen contacts with local institutions as well as with the private sector. The office also organizes multiple events in the fields of education, research and innovation.

Check out our worldwide activities.

nextrends Asia

nextrends Asia is a platform showcasing upcoming education, research, innovation and policy trends from China, India, Israel, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia, and how Switzerland’s innovation players engage with them. We have partnered with the two Swiss Leading Houses responsible for bilateral science & technology collaboration with Asia – ETH Zurich and the Zürich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) – as well as with the think tank Asia Society, for content and insight collaboration.

For articles, interviews and podcast highlighting Singapore .

Study in Switzerland

If you consider studying in Switzerland, the official information platform for Swiss Higher Education is studyinswitzerland.plus. Here you will find information from deadlines for applications and scholarships, cost of living to food culture.

If you still need convincing to study in Switzerland, our Deputy Head of Mission gives you his five top reasons to study in Switzerland in this video.

Every year the Embassy participates in the Study in Europe Fair in Singapore. Their website is also a good resource with much relevant information on different European countries, including Switzerland 

Here is a summary of our public universities and the general requirements for Singapore students

ThinkSwiss scholarship for Singapore-based undergrad and grad students

ThinkSwiss Research Scholarships offers the opportunity for undergrad and grad students enrolled in a Singapore university to pursue a two to three months research internship in a public Swiss institution. Successful candidates will receive a prorated amount according to the length of their stay on the basis of approximately US$1,600 per month.

Find all relevant information here

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars (post-graduate)

The Swiss Government, through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), awards various scholarships to foreign scholars and researchers. These scholarships provide graduates from all field with the opportunity to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research in Switzerland at one of the public universities. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you are welcome to request all application forms directly at this representation (singapore@eda.admin.ch) during the call for the scholarships (usually from September to December).

Find all relevant information here.

Joint EPFL and A*STAR Programme

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) and the Agency for Science, Technology and research (A*STAR) signed an agreement that enables collaboration between the two institutions at the doctoral level. Young researchers in life sciences, engineering, physics and mathematics have the possibility to complete half of their courses at the partner research facility.

Find all relevant information here.

Work Holiday Programme for Switzerland-based students and graduates

Under this programme, university undergraduates and graduates aged 18 to 25 of all nationalities studying in public universities in Switzerland are allowed to live and work in Singapore for up to six months.

Please consult the website of the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for more information.

Swiss Academic Presence in Singapore

Currently there are four Swiss academic institutions present in Singapore. The first was the Singapore-ETH Centre established in 2010 as a collaboration between the National Research Foundation of Singapore and ETH Zürich. It has three major research programmes, the Future Cities Laboratory, Future Resilient Systems and Future Health Technologies. In 2012 the University of St.Gallen opened its St.Gallen Institute of Management in Asia (SGI), which is offering Asia-related academic activities for students and executives. In 2015 the Institute for Management Development (IMD) South East Asia opened its Executive Learning Center (ELC) in Singapore, which is the representation of the independent academic institution with Swiss roots IMD. The youngest addition is the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) Group, which opened their first overseas campus in Singapore. They offer a bachelor program in International Hospitality Management, with students beginning their studies with a preparatory year in Lausanne followed by three years of study in Singapore.

Official website of the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC)

Official website of the St.Gallen Institute of Management in Asia (SGI)

Official website of the Institute for Management Development South East Asia (IMD SEA)

Official website of the EHL Campus (Singapore)