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University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana
Logo of SUPSI Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana 01.png
Type Public; Swiss University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Fachhochschule, Haute école specialisée
PresidentAlberto Petruzzella
RectorFranco Gervasoni, director
Administrative staff
794 [1]
Students3'681 (bachelors and masters) + 5'505 continuing education [2]
Undergraduates3'164 [3]
Postgraduates517 [4]
Location, ,

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland ( Italian: Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana, SUPSI) is one of the Universities of Applied Sciences of the Swiss Confederation. SUPSI offers more than 30 bachelor and master courses, complementing theoretical scientific knowledge and practical technological advances applied to real projects. Various departments of SUPSI are mainly based in Southern Switzerland.


SUPSI was established on 11 March 1997 by Canton Ticino and it received federal recognition in 2003. The new institution integrates preexisting specialized schools and public and private research institutes which date back to 1852 with the Cantonal High School initiated by Carlo Cattaneo and providing higher education courses in mechanics and architecture. [5]

In 1997 SUPSI integrates within its new organization:

  • STS Electronic Engineering Section (established in Manno in 1993)
  • SSQEA College for Financial and Administrative Managers (established by Canton Ticino in 1987 as a third cycle following the commercial schools)
  • SSAA College of Applied Arts (established by Canton Ticino in Lugano in 1985 as a third cycle of the CSIA Educational Centre for Artistic Industry)
  • ICIMSI Institute of Computer Integrated Manufacturing of Southern Switzerland (established in Manno in 1992 as a private-public initiative to develop applied research in support of industry)
  • ICTS the Cantonal Experimental Technical Institution
  • the Cantonal Office of Geology and Hydrology which becomes the Institute of Earth Science (IST).

In 1997 SUPSI is divided into four departments: Construction and Territory, Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, Applied Art and Business Administration.

In the following years other specialized schools and public and private research institutes were integrated:

  • 1998 College of Social Work (established by Canton Ticino) becomes a department.
  • 1999 IDSIA Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence Research (established in Lugano in 1988); it is jointly run by Università della Svizzera italiana and SUPSI thanks to an agreement between the two institutions.
  • 2004 Fernfachhochshule Schweiz (FFHS) based in Brig and with training centers in Basel, Bern and Zurich.
  • 2006 Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana - Scuola Universitaria di Musica (Conservatory of Southern Switzerland/Ticino Music Conservatory) [6]
  • 2006 Accademia Teatro Dimitri (established in 1975 by the Swiss clown Dimitri as a school of movement theatre). [7]
  • 2007 Phsyiotherapie Graubünden (based in Landquart); Bachelor in Physiotherapy affiliated to the Department of Health Sciences.
  • 2011 MAInD; Master of Arts in Interaction Design. [8] [9]

Organization and administration

As a Swiss University of Applied Sciences ( Fachhochschule, Haute école specialisée, scuola universitaria professionale), SUPSI is an autonomous organization, and it has a university status with a focus on professional training and applied research. Its four institutional mandates are first and second level university education ( bachelor's degree and master's degree), continuing education, applied research and consulting and support services to businesses and institutions.

The governance of SUPSI is based on:

  • SUPSI Council is composed of members nominated by the State Council of Canton Ticino and it has a mandate of strategic direction and control.
  • SUPSI Board
  • University administration includes the director, the head of shared services and the directors and deans of the departments and the associated schools.
  • Departments and associated schools
  • Consultative commissions. Each department and associated school has a Consultative Commission appointed by the SUPSI Board.

From a financial point of view, SUPSI is supported by Ticino cantonal contributions, contributions from the Swiss Confederation and is self-financing. The support of Canton Ticino is regulated by a performance contract based on the number of students enrolled and on the volume of projects acquired.

Departments and associated schools

SUPSI is organized in departments and associated schools. The associated schools are managed by private institutions, and they are integrated within SUPSI general administration. Departments include institutes, laboratories, and centres of expertise; they are organized in academic disciplines.

Due to the progressive integration of preexisting specialized schools and public and private research institutes, the structure of the departments changes through time [10]

Department for Environment, Constructions and Design

  • Institute for Materials and Constructions
  • Institute of Earth Sciences
  • Institute for Applied Sustainability to the Built Environment
  • Laboratory of Visual Culture
  • Laboratory of Applied Microbiology

Department of Business Economics, Health and Social Care

The departments works in basic training, continuing education, research and services.

  • Inno3 Competence Centre
  • Tax Law Competence Centre
  • Laboratory of methodology and statistics
  • Medical Humanities Centre

Department of Innovative Technologies

The focus of the Department of Innovative Technologies is applied engineering sciences in the industrial sector, technological and IT services for both educational and research purposes. Within the department there are:

  • Institute CIM (Computer Integrated Manufacturing) for Sustainable Innovation. [11]
  • AI Lab IDSIA Institute Dalle Molle for Artificial Intelligence. [12]
  • Institute for Information Systems and Networking
  • Institute for Systems and Applied Electronics
  • Institute of Systems and Technologies for Sustainable Production

Department of Teaching and Learning

The department works in education, research and services.

Associated schools

  1. Accademia Teatro Dimitri
  2. Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana
  3. Fernfachhochschule Schweiz


SUPSI is located in southern Switzerland, in cantons Ticino, Valais and Graubünden.

Location Centres Facilities Note
Canobbio Department for Environment Constructions and Design
Manno Supsi Directorship, Department of Health Sciences, Department of Business and Social Sciences and Department of Innovative Technologies Day nursery
Locarno Department of Teaching and Learning
Lugano Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana
Verscio Scuola Teatro Dimitri
Brig Fernfachhochschule Schweiz
Landquart Physiotherapie Graubünden


The first SUPSI diplomas are awarded in 2000 in architecture, civil engineering, computer science, electronic engineering, interior design, visual communication, conservation and restoration, business administration and social work. In 2001 the Canton Ticino Chamber of Commerce for Industry and Craftsmanship, the Association of Ticino Industries, the Ticino Banking Association and by Ticino Section Swiss Construction Companies establish the Ticino Economy Prize (Premio dell'Economia Ticinese) for the best SUPSI graduates; in 2011 the Prize Talenthesis is established. [13]

Undergraduate programme (Bachelor's degree)

Graduate programme (Master's degree)

Continuing education

SUPSI provides further trainings and qualifications: [16]

  • Master of Advanced Studies (MAS)
  • Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)
  • Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS)
  • Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)


A research service is co-managed by SUPSI and Università della Svizzera italiana. [17]

Notes and references

  1. ^ 2011. Source: SUPSI in cifre: Rapporto annuale 2011, Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera Italiana, 2011, p. 105.
  2. ^ 2011-2012. Source: SUPSI in cifre: Rapporto annuale 2011, Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera Italiana, 2011, p. 93 and 98.
  3. ^ bachelors 2011-2012. Source: SUPSI in cifre: Rapporto annuale 2011, Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera Italiana, 2011, p. 93.
  4. ^ masters 2011-2012. Source: SUPSI in cifre: Rapporto annuale 2011, Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera Italiana, 2011, p. 93.
  5. ^ Those courses will stop in 1956, with the establishment of the Federal Polytechnic of Zurich.
  6. ^ The website of the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana
  7. ^ The website of the Accademia Teatro Dimitri
  8. ^ the MAIND Program website
  9. ^ "MAInD turns into a Master of Arts in Interaction Design!". Master of Advanced Studies in Interaction Design. Retrieved 2021-11-21.
  10. ^ From the initial structure established in 1997, and the creation of a new department of Social Work in 1998, the departments were restructured in 2003 (departments of Environment, Construction and Design, Business and Social Sciences, Innovative Technologies), and they integrate previous inducements research institutes.
  11. ^ The website of the Institute CIM (Computer Integrated Manufacturing) for Sustainable Innovation
  12. ^ The website of the Institute Dalle Molle for Artificial Intelligence
  13. ^ Premio Talenthesis
  14. ^ Developed within a collaboration among Edinburgh College of Art ECA, Istanbul Technical University ITU, Polytechnic Lahti POLY LAHTI, University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart UASS, Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana SUPSI
  15. ^ the MAIND Program in Interaction Design merges knowledge coming from the design disciplines in a unique profile able to set new thinking in design, in the technological innovation and in the human needs.
  16. ^ Website of continuing education (Italian)
  17. ^ The research service on USI website

See also

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SUPSI Latitude and Longitude:

46°01′24″N 8°55′02″E / 46.0233°N 8.9172°E / 46.0233; 8.9172