Specialist services

The specialist services deal with specific key topics, thus also supporting the work of the committees.

Bilingualism and Multilingualism

The specialist service Bilingualism and Multilingualism is part of the office of the same name, supporting it in its mission to develop bilingualism and multilingualism at the BFH. It is responsible for coordinating the tasks and activities of the Committee and provides advice and support in bilingualism and multilingualism issues.

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University didactics + E-learning

The specialist University didactics + E-learning office offers continuing education and support for all teaching staff at Bern University of Applied Sciences. It promotes quality teaching across all departments and helps inspire ongoing development. It provides support with questions concerning teaching and media-based learning.

It offers methodological training, workshops, counselling and coaching, publications and events. The specialist office also provides support for the use of e-learning platforms (Moodle and Mahara) and other digital media technologies and trends.

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The Research Committee develops strategies and guidelines for applied research and development at Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) and oversees their implementation.

The Committee encourages the transfer of knowledge and technology in teaching and practice and maintains relationships with partners in business, social, cultural and public institutions. Part of its remit is to coordinate and promote research activities throughout BFH. Its goal is to position BFH as an established and recognised research partner on the national and international stage.

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The Teaching Committee supports teaching at Bern University of Applied Sciences.

It deals with the national and international development of university teaching, addresses the concerns of groups that have a stake in teaching within the university and encourages an exchange of experience and mutual support. The Committee supports the departments in delivering targets that affect teaching and advises them on curriculum development. It also develops a regulatory framework for the university’s study programmes and recommendations for department-specific regulations.

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University sport

Bern University of Applied Sciences provides an exciting range of sports activities and events for its students and staff. The specialist University Sport office develops, expands and communicates programmes in collaboration with the departments and external partners.

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Watersports Office

Office opening hours:
Mon–Thur 9 am–noon/2 pm–4 pm
Fri 9 am–noon

Engineering and Information Technology (Biel)

Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering (Biel)

Engineering and Information Technology + Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering (Burgdorf)

Swiss Federal Institute of Sport Magglingen

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences

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International Relations Office

The International Relations Office is the centre for international affairs at Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH). The specialist office ensures the participation of BFH in international education programmes, supports the departments in implementing internationalisation and promotes staff and student mobility at BFH.

Sustainable Development Office

As part of its strategy, BFH has set itself the goal of consistently observing the principles of sustainable development in its teaching, research and operational management. As a practice-oriented university, BFH aims to place even stronger emphasis on equipping its students with the tools to help shape a sustainable future.

The Sustainable Development Office coordinates the tasks and activities of the specialist service of the same name and advises and supports on sustainability issues if necessary. It leads the support platform BFH SUSTAINS, the Certificate of Engagement in Sustainability (CES) as well as various projects, such as the development of the sustainability reporting for the BFH. In addition, BFH is responsible for the organisation of the Sustainability Day at the three Bern universities.     

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