Western Switzerland accommodates high-tech competences in basic and applied research. In these fields, the region preserves the links that exist between Swiss and international entities, notably in teaching matters, thus ensuring rich and fertile exchanges.
In the cantonal universities, in the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne (EPFL) and in multiple other centres or laboratories of Western Switzerland, the fields of research are vast. Thanks to the bilateral agreements between the Swiss government and neighbouring European countries, or even more remote ones, the exchange programmes between researchers are numerous and encourage a wide range of competences. Thus, Switzerland ranks first in the rate of mentions by publication (1.70), a significant measure of the nation’s scientific impact. At the same time, in its degree of consideration by scientific publications, Switzerland positions itself:
In these research centres or laboratories, that count among the more prestigious ones of the planet (according to the international scientific magazine Nature, Switzerland leads the classification of 31 nations that produce 98 % of the worldwide scientific research), all the science and technology branches feed the most exclusive enterprises that are eager for innovation and prepared for competition, such as: