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Working for a better digital world

We are the competent and trusted partner for digitalisation issues that jointly concern the education, research and innovation community in Switzerland.



By providing a forward-looking and secure basic infrastructure, innovative solutions and targeted advice, and connecting relevant specialist communities, we help universities and other partners within and outside the academic world to make effective and efficient use of the opportunities presented by digitalisation.

The services provided outside the academic world create demonstrable value for the foundation’s beneficiaries.

The aim is to strengthen the joint innovative power and to help expand Switzerland's competitiveness in the long term.

The purpose of the foundation

SWITCH was founded in 1987 under private law by the Swiss Confederation and the eight university cantons that existed at the time: 

"The foundation has as its objective to create, promote and offer the necessary basis for the effective use of modern methods of telecomputing in teaching and research in Switzerland, to be involved in and to support such methods. It is a non-profit foundation that does not pursue commercial aims." (Excerpt from the deed of foundation, Berne 22 October 1987)

Our customers


Education, Research & Innovation (ERI) Community
  • Swiss universities on tertiary level (academic sector) and their research institutions
  • extended ERI community


Internet Community

Internet Service Providers, Hosters, Domain Registrars


Critical infrastructure organisations (CIO)

Banking, Industry & Logistics, Energy; Healthcare, Government


Good to know


employees work for the private-law foundation


university members benefit from SWITCH services

since 1997

SWITCH has supported the Swiss economy in the fight against cybercrime through CERT

>8 Mio.

people – Switzerland as an overall business location – rely on SWITCH’s services around the clock in Switzerland and Liechtenstein

>2 Mio.

.ch and .li domain names – among the safest in the world – are registered with us. Critical infrastructure: Switzerland would come to a standstill without SWITCH!