University student numbers increase by 5%

The number of students at Swiss universities increased by 5% in the year 2020-21 to 164,575 – despite the coronavirus pandemic. There was an above-average rise in foreign students, reports Swissinfo.ch.

The most affected was the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Italian-speaking Ticino with a 12.8% rise. It was followed by the universities of Geneva and Lausanne and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), with increases of 6%-7.6%, according to figures published by the Federal Statistical Office.

This confirms the trend reported by universities that fewer school leavers were going on gap years owing to travel and health restrictions. For those finishing their bachelor degrees, many students have decided to do a masters owing to the difficulty of job hunting in a pandemic.
Full report on the Swissinfo.ch site