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What is SUPSI

The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) is one of the nine professional universities recognised by the Swiss Confederation.

Founded under federal law, SUPSI offers more than 30 Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree courses, characterised by cutting-edge education which unites classical theoretical-scientific instruction with a professional orientation. Great care is given to research, carried out in key sectors on competitively acquired projects with large European and national agencies or mandated by organisations and institutions.

Vision for the future

SUPSI as an agent for change, contributing to the development of a culturally forward-looking region, epitomised by companies, organisations and professional operators who are able to address the complexity of socio-economic, technological, environmental and cultural phenomena, in line with the principles of sustainable development.


In a society marked by profound changes, SUPSI produces, develops and disseminates knowledge and expertise as propellant forces fundamental to supporting the economic, social, technological and artistic progress of the region, and to contribute to the cultural and ethical growth of both society as a whole and its individual members.

In order to achieve this goal, SUPSI operates in the fields of first and second level university education, continuing education, applied research, and in the provision of consulting and support services to businesses and institutions, adopting a collaborative and cooperative stance with the main interlocutors.

SUPSI acts as a cultural and relational bridge connecting Southern Switzerland – which can be defined as the chosen reference region – to the rest of Switzerland and to Northern Italy.

The distinctive features of SUPSI are its ability to:

  • achieve a harmonious amalgamation of its university and professional roles, by focussing specifically on quality when operating in its diverse sectors;
  • when necessary, adopt a multidisciplinary approach, in response to the demands of an increasingly complex situation requiring the application of a broad range of skills and knowledge;
  • understand and satisfy the needs of the various stakeholders, in line with the principles of sustainable development.


strength in teaching, research and service provision activities, responsive, in terms of both form and content, to the actual needs of the user.; originality, in the institution’s ability to present itself with methodologies integrating theory and practice, and with a flexible

an organisational structure that can give a balanced appreciation to issues of identity and difference;

multidisciplinarity, as the approach integrating diverse fields of knowledge in order to find solutions to complex problems, combining the economic, environmental and social aspects of sustainability;

partnership internally, with the academic institutions and with other public and private organisations, in order to act in a synergic and efficient manner;

innovation, as a constant fundamental objective, in order to adopt a proactive stance in predicting the future developments of a rapidly evolving situation;

territoriality, when executing the institutional mandates, indicating the special focus placed on the needs of the reference region;

internationality, to create opportunities for international mobility and cooperation for teachers, researchers and students.


  • Mendrisio

    SUPSI-DACD Campus Mendrisio Via Francesco Catenazzi 23, CH-6850, Mendrisio