Microcity brings its Neuchâtel partners together in an innovation network that consists of:
- 4 teaching and research institutions (TRE)
- 1,000+ researchers
- 7,000+ students
- 6,000+ apprentices
- 800+ annual technological transfer projects
The CIFOM (an interregional training centre in Neuchâtel) is an institute that offers basic, higher and continuous vocational training in the following fields:
- technical sectors (watchmaking, mechanics, computing, automation and automobiles),
- the applied arts (decoration, decorative items, visual communication and fashion),
- commerce (business, sales and pharmacy),
- the health and social sectors.
It contributes to the sustainability of short-, medium- and long-term expertise in the Neuchâtel region.
The CPLN (a vocational centre on the Neuchâtel lakeshore) offers dozens of basic training courses that are tailored to meet the needs of business and are divided into four branches:
- technical trades,
- commercial trades,
- artisanal trades,
- and agriculture and nature-related trades.
The CPLN also awards professional diplomas and offers post-degree training. Some training can be taken on a full-time basis and/or while continuing with employment.
The CSEM (Swiss Centre for Electronics and Microtechnology) is a research and development centre (public-private partnership) that specialises in:
- systems engineering,
- and information and communication technologies.
The CSEM brings together 450 highly qualified specialists located at its sites in Neuchâtel, Alpnach, Muttenz, Landquart and Zurich.
The Neuchâtel campus of the EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) focuses on microtechnology and is home to the EPFL’s Institute of Microengineering (IMT).
The IMT concentrates on four areas:
- Micro and nanosystems, including microelectronics and flexible electronics,
- Optics and photonics,
- Micromechanics and micro-manufacturing.
Overall, the EPFL offers 13 comprehensive degrees, from Bachelor’s to Master’s level. Over 10,000 students representing 120 different nationalities, and more than 6,000 employees and 350 lecturers study or work at the EPFL across five French-speaking cantons (Neuchâtel, Vaud, Fribourg, Geneva and Valais).
The mission of the FSRM (a Swiss foundation for research in microtechnology) is to promote microtechnology. It offers companies continuous professional development training courses, mainly in the industrial and technological fields.
The FSRM regularly organises scientific meetings with its academic partners focused on a specific research theme, usually attracting between 100 and 1,000 attendees.
The FSRM is active on an international level through its involvement in nine European research projects. It is responsible for disseminating the research results. It is also in charge of organising the FSRM-kids technical workshops.
The HE-Arc Ingénierie engineering school works in an industry that is the only one of its kind in the world. It develops applied research, trains pragmatic engineers and offers continuous professional development training courses closely tied to the needs of its region’s economic fabric and industrial base.
HE-Arc Ingénierie concentrates on four fields of activity that reflect the design and production specialisations found in the Swiss Jura Arc area, namely:
- Smart and micro-manufacturing: solutions for agile, adaptive and efficient production facilities.
- Smart sensing and digitalisation: solutions that include sensors, the internet of things and services.
- Watchmaking and industrial luxury: from design to industrialisation in workshops.
- Health and medical technologies: from microsystems to medtech digitalisation.
The University of Neuchâtel (UniNE) has more than 4,000 students and hundreds of researchers spanning around 40 different disciplines.
The University has nine internationally recognised skills centres, where researchers work on the following themes:
- Time-frequency and optical metrology,
- Complex systems and Big Data,
- Intellectual property and innovation law,
- Hydrogeology and geothermics,
- Migration and mobility,
- Social interaction,
- Chemical ecology,
- Health law,
- Cognitive science.
The UniNE awards Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. The institution ensures that professions in need of academic training receive the knowledge that they require, promotes critical thinking and prepares students for scientific work.