The level of staff training is a key factor for innovation and competitiveness.
Swiss schools and advanced educational training institutions have a reputation for quality. Conscious of this advantage, the Swiss government is committed to ensuring that Switzerland remains a leading country for training. It is therefore not surprising that according to OECD reports Switzerland invests proportionately more per student than any other member country.
The Republic and Canton of Jura has established both excellent professional and technical schools but also schools preparing students for universities or specialised advanced education and the HES University of Applied Sciences (engineering and business management).
In addition to these training centres, the main universities and advanced studies institutes of Switzerland can be reached in 1h30 from the canton of Jura, as well as the University of Technology at Belfort Montbéliard in France.
Innovation, research and technology transfer
With practically no natural resources, it is thanks to research, a creative spirit and an exceptional capacity for innovation that Switzerland holds a leading position in innovation. In 2015, Switzerland remains the most innovative country in the world and ranks first in the Global Innovation Index (GII) for the fifth time in a row.
Switzerland invests almost 3% of its GDP in research, and has put in place very targeted structures such as the Swiss National Fund for Scientific Research and the Swiss Agency for the Promotion of Innovation (CTI).
The following technological sectors are targeted in particular: life sciences, micro- and nanotechnologies, precision engineering, information and communication technologies, and technologies related to energy and the environment.
The canton of Jura collaborates closely with different research centres, and participates in important national consortiums for technology transfer. This guarantees Jura companies access to world-class research centres such as the Ecole polytechnique fédérale of Lausanne (EPFL), the Swiss Centre for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) in Neuchâtel and the University of Basel, among others.
The canton of Jura is increasingly sensitive to innovation and technology transfer. It has thus equipped itself with a specific structure, Creapole SA, charged with implementing an appropriate innovation policy.
Its activities are being developed along five main lines:
- identifying and supporting innovative technology start-ups,
- building awareness of companies with respect to technology transfers,
- creating a broad network of partners capable of solving companies’ technological problems,
- making available infrastructures capable of hosting activities with high technological components,
- building awareness of opportunities for enterprise and innovation.
Protection of intellectual property
The protection of intellectual property is well developed in Switzerland. Anyone wishing to patent an invention, register a trademark or a design should contact the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI). Switzerland is a signatory of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) Convention. Thus companies active internationally can obtain world rights based on a single inscription.Creativity and innovation are therefore well protected!
It is to be noted that Switzerland is the world leader in the number of inventions patented per inhabitant.