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New tech university launches in Switzerland

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A brand new university for technological study has been established in Switzerland, called the Schaffhausen Institute of Technology, or SIT.

Positioned near other technological centres such as Zurich, Munich, Stuttgart and Konstanz, Schaffhausen has been chosen as an ideal campus site for SIT, connecting its specially-developed technology education programs with Europe’s growing need for talent in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning, advanced materials and quantum technologies, blockchain and cryptographic architectures, software engineering and cyber security, among others.

“Schaffhausen Institute of Technology is a new type of university, pioneering a new model of technical education,” said Bertrand Meyer, SIT’s provost. “An integral part of SIT’s mission is for our students to collaborate with industrial and technology companies. The objective of this partnership will be the fostering of successful technology start-ups and spin-offs. In fact, the SIT campus will include a comprehensive technology park, bolstering Schaffhausen as a centre for technology and innovation.”

SIT is also collaborating with Carnegie-Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, the US, and the National University of Singapore (NUS) to deliver its master’s program that has initially been offered to a select group of international students.

As a private university, SIT has been initially funded by Acronis, with the company’s CEO, Serguei Beloussov, predicting a bright future for the institute. “In 20 years, we will have created 2,000 to 3,000 jobs thanks to SIT,” he said .

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