Education and training in Ticino
Culture and the arts are particularly important in Ticino, and the internationally acclaimed architect Mario Botta is from Mendrisio.
The staple industries are chemicals, finance, tourism and viticulture, and 70% of Ticino's employment is in the services sector, 28% in manufacturing, and 2% in agriculture.
International companies with headquarters in Ticino include Bally International, Hupac Intermodal, IBSA Institut Biochimique, and Turbomach Ticino's official language is Italian and language courses are widely available.
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Language and other part-time courses in Ticino
Part-time courses to learn a language, take up a new hobby, or acquire professional skills are widely available. Online courses offer flexibility. Migros Club School is popular throughout Switzerland for a wide range of part-time courses, and there are several branches in the Canton of Ticino. The Ticino government education department has information on courses for adults, including Italian courses for newcomers. The Scuola di Scultura di Peccia is a renowned sculpture school also offering part-time courses and workshops.
Professional training and career guidance in Ticino
- The Swiss education system follows several tracks that lead either to academic study, vocational training or an apprenticeship The Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SVIVET), or Istituto Universitario per la Formazione Professionale (IUFFP) provides information on all aspects of further education in Ticino.
- The Ticino government website has comprehensive information on the public schooling system, including tertiary education and vocational training.
- Orientamento is the Ticino branch of the federal career counselling service and offers guidance, information and support. Offices are located throughout the canton.
Tertiary education in Ticino
CRUS created a very useful and comprehensive list of all degree programmes in Switzerland that are offered in English.
The University of Lugano is known as the Universita della Svizzera italiana. USI has four faculties, Architecture, Economics, Communication, and Informatics and is planning to add additional departments. Course levels range from Bachelors to PhD and teaching is in Italian and English. The Open University is also present in Switzerland and Ticino. Consult IUFFP and The Rectors' Conference of Swiss Universities (CRUS) for further information on studying in Switzerland.
Switzerland adheres to the Bologna Reform, a system developed to recognise foreign qualifications and facilitate mobility in the tertiary education sector. For postgraduate study, factors such as recognition of foreign qualifications, experience, and permission to study in Switzerland are taken into account.