The Swiss Accreditation Council (SAR) has decided to grant the HTW Chur institutional accreditation as a university of applied sciences. The HTW Chur thus fulfils the requirements of the University Promotion and Coordination Act of 2015, which requires accreditation at institutional level and not at the level of the individual courses of study as has been the case up to now. Accreditation is also a prerequisite for the independence of the HTW Chur as a university of applied sciences in Graubünden. As a further step towards independence, the decision of the Federal Council on the eligibility of the HTW Chur for funding is now pending.
Independent University of Applied Sciences from Graubünden
Since 2000, the HTW Chur has been part of the FHO Fachhochschule Ostschweiz. Since experts believe that institutional accreditation is not possible in the current organisational form of the FHO, the government of the Canton of St. Gallen is implementing a restructuring of the universities of applied sciences located in the canton. The Hochschulförderungs- und Koordinationsgesetz HFKG (Federal Act), which came into force in January 2015, requires institutional accreditation of all Swiss universities of applied sciences by 2022.
Institutional accreditation is a necessary condition for independence and is the starting signal for the upcoming political process. This process begins with the application to the Federal Council by the government of the Canton of Grisons, via a hearing of all cantons within the framework of the Swiss University Conference. It ends with a Federal Council decision on the federal eligibility of each and every student of the HTW Chur.
Source: Media release of HTW Chur of June 29, 2018