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Audit Construction investment contributions for higher education institutions - State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation

Audit number: 21320

Over the past five years, the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) has paid out an average of around CHF 83 million per year in financial assistance for construction projects at universities and universities of applied sciences. The contributions are granted to cantons for the acquisition, construction and conversion of buildings for teaching, research and other higher education purposes. The basis for these payments is the Federal Act on Funding and Coordination of the Swiss Higher Education Sector (HEdA). According to the dispatch on the HEdA, only strategically important projects that could not be carried out without federal funding are to be supported. 23 applications were approved between 2017 and 2020.