swissuniversities Cooperation Project
“H.I.T. - High Potential University Leaders Identity & Skills Training Program - Gender Sensitive Leaders in Academia” was launched as part of swissuniversities programme P-7 Equal opportunity and university development 2017-2020.
Projects within Module B foster collaborations between different types of higher education institutions.
All ten cantonal universities and the two federal technical universities of Switzerland are partners within the H.I.T. project. This concept of collaboration encourages innovative forms of networking and knowledge transfer between higher education institutions as well as strengthening the networks and empowerment of the program participants.
The H.I.T. program
- is designed as an exclusive, nationwide training program for excellent female professors
- provides extensive networking conditions throughout Switzerland
- includes 20 participants
- specific skills in academic leadership
- expert knowledge about the Swiss higher education system
- expertise in innovative, diversity-aware leadership
The University of Zurich as leading house will draw from area-specific UZH expertise, such as the internal collaboration with CHESS. Moreover, H.I.T. will benefit from key players’ knowledge of higher education institutions all over Switzerland.
The activities of the H.I.T. Program will start in September 2019.
The kick-off event is organized at the University of Zurich on 4 September 2019. The public ceremony in the afternoon will include plenary sessions with keynote speakers and panel discussions with distinguished guests, who are female leaders in academia. An extra icebreaker session will be organized in the morning exclusively for the H.I.T. participants, to allow them to get to know each other and to give them the opportunity to discuss important aspects of the program with the management team.
Several workshops led by internationally well-known experts in leadership and diversity in academia are organized from October 2019 to February 2020 at several locations in Switzerland. We will invite special guests – female leaders from universities, federal agencies and bodies responsible for higher education and research policies – to each event in order to enable them to discuss current issues in higher education in Switzerland. Our distinguished guests will give practical advice and share scenarios from their own careers to inspire the participants.
The closing event, including certificate award ceremony, will take place on 2 April 2020 in Zurich.
Further information can be found on the H.I.T. Flyer (PDF, 422 KB).