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Performance audit Teacher training for vocational training schools - Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training

In order to teach, the teaching staff of vocational training schools must undergo specific teacher training. In Switzerland, the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET) is the expert organisation for this training. It is owned by the Confederation and has its headquarters in Zollikofen, with activities in all three language regions. In 2017, the SFIVET employed more than 170 full-time equivalent staff. Its annual budget is approximately CHF 46.5 million, of which CHF 40 million is covered by a federal contribution.

Audit number: 18089

Management Letter Nachvollziehbarkeit der Mittelzuteilung an die Professorinnen und Professoren der ETH Zürich und der EPFL

Die Eidgenössische Finanzkontrolle (EFK) hat eine Prüfung der Nachvollziehbarkeit der Mittelzuteilung an die Professorinnen und Professoren an der ETH Zürich und der EPFL zeitgleich vom 30. April bis 22. Mai 2019 durchgeführt. Geprüft wurde, ob die Mittelzuteilung nachvollziehbar, transparent und objektiv ist und ob der Grundsatz der Gleichbehandlung gewahrt wird. Thematisiert wurden ausserdem Beschwerdemöglichkeiten im Zusammenhang mit der Mittelverteilung.

Audit number: 19507

audit Financial supervision of national alternate funding for Horizon 2020 - State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation

Following the vote in favour of the initiative on large-scale immigration on 9 February 2014, the European Union (EU) withdrew Switzerland's full participation in the Horizon 2020 research framework programme (H2020). Many Swiss researchers thus found themselves excluded from project consortia. In June 2014, the Federal Council decided to directly finance Swiss participation in projects relating to H2020 programmes no longer receiving money from the European Commission (EC) by means of a project by project financing method. Switzerland's status without full association lasted from September 2014 to the end of 2016. The last requests for commitments for new projects will arrive at State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) in 2018. Due to the multi-year duration of the projects, SERI estimates that it will have to finance and supervise around 1,000 projects involving almost CHF 600 million until around 2024.

Audit number: 17655