USI works with a number of international, national and regional entities in its education, research and knowledge dissemination activities.

Research projects, study programmes, doctoral programmes and mobility programmes, in cooperation with universities and research centres in Switzerland and elsewhere, are coupled with applied studies, field projects carried out by students, other educational initiatives (such as internships) and events with institutions and businesses in Switzerland and abroad.

The USI academic network comprises 500 partners in 90 different countries and is based on the following:

  • a series of framework agreements (particularly on education and mobility);
  • coordination of, or participation in, research platforms, such as PASC, the National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR) and the Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research;
  • and above all the scientific networks of individual researchers, who communicate and work together with colleagues from all over the world on projects and publications, and as part of associations and scientific symposia.