The University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons is an innovative and entrepreneurial higher education institution with over 2,000 students. It trains people to become responsible and skilled professionals and managers. As a university of applied sciences with strong regional roots, University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons attracts students from beyond the canton and even from outside Switzerland with its welcoming atmosphere. With its applied research, it contributes to the development of innovations, knowledge and solutions for society. University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons offers a range of bachelor’s, master’s and further education programmes in Architecture, Civil Engineering, Digital Science, Management, Multimedia Production, Photonics, Technology and Tourism. It is also actively involved in applied research and development and provides consultancy and other services across all its disciplines. Institutional accreditation in accordance with the Federal Act on Funding and Coordination of the Swiss Higher Education Sector (HEdA) as well as the gaining of four stars as part of the “EFQM Recognised for Excellence” peer-assessment and certification under ISO 9001 and ISO 29990 provide an important basis for University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons’s overall development. The innovative University of Applied Sciences of Graubünden has been part of the University of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland (FHO Ostschweiz) since 2000. The university’s history dates back to 1963 with the foundation of the “Abendtechnikum Chur”, a technical college offering evening courses. The University of Applied Sciences University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons has been an independent legal entity under public law since 1 January 2006.
What do we stand for?
On 14 December 2018, the Federal Council recognised University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons qualification for financial support. The way has thus been opened for Switzerland’s eighth public university of applied sciences from 1 January 2020. Only upon gaining independence will the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons be able to introduce additional training and further education programmes as part of its business opportunities – in addition to its current profile. The Grisons educational institution already offers a number of university-level study programmes that are found nowhere else in Switzerland.
New name, new appearance
Since 3 September 2019, the name 'HTW Chur' has been a thing of the past. On this day, 'University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons' was launched in the presence of the President of the Cantonal Government and Head of the Department of Education, Culture and Environment Protection (EKUD), Dr Jon Domenic Parolini, as well as the President of the University Council, Brigitta M. Gadient. The objective of the University of Applied Sciences of the Grisons is to broaden the brand’s appeal and communicate its innovative and, in some cases, unique offering.