Partnerships and memberships

BFH is a member of various national and international organisations, networks and alliances.


BeLEARN is the competence centre for digitalisation in education. The five founding universities (University of Bern, PHBern, Bern University of Applied Sciences, EPFL, EHB) receive funding from the Canton of Bern for cooperation projects in the areas of digital skills, digital tools and data science for education.

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Nature Positive Universities

In 2022, on the initiative of the UN Environment Programme and the University of Oxford, almost 120 universities around the globe have joined forces to form the global alliance «Nature Positive Universities».

These universities commit to taking measures to reduce their own ecological footprint and to make a contribution against the progressive loss of natural habitats.


The EU promotes international alliances of higher education institutions. In this way, it wants to join forces in the European Higher Education Area to implement long-term strategies for knowledge transfer.

Pioneer was founded in 2020. Both universities and universities of applied sciences, such as the Université Gustave Eiffel, the Iscte University Institute of Lisbon and the Technische Hochschule Köln, are involved.

In terms of content, all PIONEER members have both technical and cultural-social specialisations. The alliance is thus well positioned to contribute significantly to the sustainable social design of urban spaces.

As a member of PIONEER, BFH can network and position itself even better in the European higher education area. This is all the more important because Swiss universities now have only limited access to EU research funding as a result of the breakdown in negotiations with the EU.

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swissuniversities is the common voice of the Swiss universities and promotes cooperation and coordination between the universities and the different types of higher education institutions.

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