Academic Relations

Academic Relations

Facilitating exchange between Swiss and North American researchers and academics

We work with some of the world’s leading academic and research institutions to facilitate partnerships that cross borders, disciplines, and methodologies. Our aim is to support Switzerland’s renowned academic ecosystem by engaging and attracting the world’s top research talent.

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What We Offer

Access and attract top researchers in North America
Our Boston office is situated right between Harvard and MIT, two of the world’s top academic institutions. We have cultivated a network of talented and innovative researchers here in Boston as well as in New York City where we have a satellite office, and across much of the eastern United States and Canada. Let us help you engage with the heart of the North American research community.

Grow your university’s visibility in North America
We aim to increase our partners’ visibility through press outreach, customized activities and events, and targeted communications campaigns. Whether your objective is growing your reputation within a specific academic community or with the general public, we can work together to achieve it.

Get inspired with a customized “study tour”
Experience a specific industry or network in North America or gain access to the Boston or New York innovation and higher education systems at large. We can research and program an agenda tailored to your unique learning objectives. Past tours include:

  • An introduction to Boston’s life science ecosystem
  • An exploration of American universities’ administration offices

Our services are tailored to each individual partner. To explore how we can help you meet your goals, e-mail Jonas.

Jonas Brunschwig
Head of Academic Relations


“I discovered Boston as a CleanTech-Hub for startups, for crazy ideas with an extensive support system and facilities. The mindset of students and professors is very different from Switzerland. Here in Boston, people are very business-oriented. Everyone wants to found a startup and pushes you to do something”
Nicola Mona
Co-Founder & CEO / Skypull
"My experience was outstanding. swissnex Boston organized high-level meetings for me with MIT, Harvard, BU and WPI representatives in the field of digitization. They made it possible for me to quickly access the cutting edge of digitization in the American academic landscape. I gained an extensive new understanding, a considerable new network of contacts, and many valuable ideas to bring back to ZHAW. In the department of Life Sciences and Facility Management, this led to the establishment of a new initiative called "Digitization@N". I would like to express my sincere thanks to swissnex for their support. The experience of working together with swissnex Boston has been awesome!"
Prof. Dr. Urs Hilber
Dean of the School of Life Sciences and Facility Management / ZHAW
"swissnex Boston offered the environment I was looking for. Although it’s a non-university setting, it sits at the intersection of the 'real' world and the academic world. Boston is unique because of the concentration of MIT and Harvard and many other excellent universities, but also in being a major hub that offers a lot of opportunities. I was able to visit local companies – both startups and major corporations – and several of Boston’s academic institutions. It was great to get to swissnex from the inside and to actually see the diversity of opportunities here. I’m really impressed with what has been accomplished and the staff are knowledgeable, friendly and always willing to help."
Professor Milad Zarin
Chair of Economics / University of Neuchatel
"It has been a pleasure to work with the swissnex Boston team because they share many of the same attributes that Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne values: they support the exchange of global academic knowledge, inspire excellence, openness and innovation. Their business approach of “connecting the dots” in education has proven valuable to us when we have organized outreach events in the local market. swissnex Boston has supported the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne for years and has assisted in helping us grow and increase our brand presence year-round through a joint internship program. We partnered with swissnex Boston because of their high level of professionalism, reputable presence in the region and willingness to work together so we could attain our immediate and long-term goals based on our mutual business needs"
Ikerne Azpilicueta
Director of Admissions and Recruitment / Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne
"Working with swissnex Boston was extremely valuable in boosting the presence of Uni Basel in the Boston area. In two years of collaboration, we went from almost zero institutional contacts to the launch of an alumni chapter, a permanent presence at the MIT European Career Fair and hosting the Global Perspective Program students."
Erich Thaler
Director of International Affairs / University of Basel

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Past Projects