Evaluation by Oxford Research confirms value of the swissnex network

The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI employed the specialised knowledge company Oxford Research to evaluate the swissnex network during 10 months of 2019. The result was an in-depth evaluation that describes the swissnex Network as a customer-oriented, flexible and dynamic organisation that offers added value to its publicly funded and private partners. The analysis also inferred that without the support of swissnex, most universities, researchers and start-ups would not be able to achieve their internationalisation goals to the same extent.

Oxford Research attests that the swissnex Network plays an extremely valuable role in the internationalisation activities of Swiss players in education, research and innovation (ERI). Their evaluation concludes that the five swissnex locations (Bangalore, Boston, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco and Shanghai) are strongly anchored in their respective local ERI systems. Over 80% of the swissnex ERI partners who responded to the survey are either satisfied or very satisfied with the services they receive. 70% informed that they would not have been able to achieve their goals to the same extent without the support given by swissnex, and 75% intend to continue working with the network or to work more closely with it.

The evaluation also states that the whole swissnex network is well informed about the latest trends, bringing direct benefit to all partners and that thanks to the decentralised organisational model used, the swissnex locations combine a high degree of flexibility and interdisciplinary creativity. Adaptation of strategic priorities, which swissnex offers at each given location, provides partners appropriate and tailor-made services to help them achieve their internationalisation goals. Coupled with a visible and accessible local presence, this organisational model is one of swissnex’s strong points, especially if compared to similar instruments that other countries have.

The assessment created by Oxford Research also identifies improvements that could be made to the network, namely the creation of a joint internet infrastructure. This would allow swissnex to raise its visibility both in Switzerland and abroad. The appraisal also suggests that the swissnex locations could focus to a greater extent on long-term projects with greater impact.

 

swissnex Network group photo during the Annual Meeting, 2019. The five swissnex locations (Boston, San Francisco, Bangalore, Shanghai and Rio de Janeiro) and their branch offices can be found in some of the world’s most lively innovation hubs. Along with around 20 science councillors based at Swiss embassies, swissnex promotes Switzerland’s influence as a global innovation hotspot.