Meet the Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts!

At this evening reception we invite you to meet representatives from Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences & Arts, to learn about the Swiss model and to enjoy short presentations about projects the visiting delegates are working on.

Event Details


swissnex Boston
420 Broadway, Cambridge , Massachusetts 02138 United States


April 05, 2016 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm America/New York (UTC-05:00)



We invite  you to a networking reception with 14 representatives from Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences & Arts (see bios below). Learn about the Swiss model and enjoy short presentations about some of the projects the visiting delegates are working on. This event is organized by swissnex Boston in cooperation with swissuniversities. 


6:30 pm Doors open

7:00 pm Presentations

7:45 pm Networking reception

9:00 pm Doors close

Speakers (bios below)

The Swiss Higer Education Landscape
Maria Stergiou – Scientific Collaborator, International Relations, swissuniversities

The Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences & Arts
Prof. Robert Buttery – Head of International Relations, School of Business, FHNW

Google Glass Enhanced Textbooks
Prof. Anne-Dominique Salamin – Head of Cyberlearn, e-learning center of HES-SO

Connecting the Dots of Technology Enhanced Learning at HTW Chur
Prof. Christian Glahn – Director of Blended Learning Center, HTW Chur

Didactic Focus on Learning Platforms
Prof. Marco Sommer – Co-Director Learning and Teaching Center, HSLU


Additional UAS Representatives Attending:

Pascale Baer-Baldauf – Head MSc Business Information Technology FHS St.Gallen

Nina Grunder – Board of Directors Education, International Relations, HKB

Christophe Hadorn – Computer Scientist, Cyberlearn, e-learning center of HES-SO

Prof. Dr. Silvia Henke – Head of Department for Theory, Professor for Cultural Studies, HSLU

Dr. Hans-Gerd Josten – Scientific Collaborator, Institute of Higher Education Teaching and E-Learning,BFH

Christian Lochmatter – Head of IT Services, FFHS

Lisa Messenzehl – E-Assessment Consultant, ZHAW

Dr. Giovanni Randazzo – Technical Collaborator, SUPSI

Renato Soldenhoff – Head of E-Learning, ZHdK



Speaker Bios


Pascale Baer-Baldauf


University of Applied Sciences St. Gallen (FHS St. Gallen)

Department: Economics

Function: Head MSc Business Information Technology

Pascale Baer-Baldauf is the head of the MSc program Information and Technology at FHS St. Gallen since 2013. She holds a MA in Economics from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and has a teaching diploma for secondary school for economics and law from the University of Fribourg. During her studies she completed an exchange semester at the University of Lausanne and the Thammasat University Bangkok. She is a PhD candidate at the University of St. Gallen researching on the structural and process-related factors supporting the sustainable implementation of practice-orientation in study programs.

She was a research assistant at Berne University of Applied Sciences from 2007-2008, responsible for various projects (OAQ accreditation of EMBA programs, curriculum development, implementation of teaching audits, review of final exams). From 2008 – 2013 she lived in Rome, Copenhagen and London, where she worked on various projects (Assessment Centre assessor, business plan development for the Swiss School in Rome, English teacher at an international school, recruiter for the Olympic games).


Prof. Robert Andrew Buttery


University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW)

Department: International Office School of Business

Function: Head of International Relations

Robert Buttery is the head of International Relations at FHNW. He lectures in Management and International Studies. Robert Buttery’s work includes international issue monitoring for key operational and strategic decisions and their implementation. In 2008, in joint partnership with Canadian universities, Robert Buttery successfully launched an intensive and ground-breaking program (Canadian Academics Studying Europe – CASE) for faculty from Canadian business schools. CASE was awarded the BCCIE Award for Outstanding Program in 2013 and the CBIE Panorama Award for Outstanding International Education Program in Capacity Building in 2014. Robert Buttery has led several student and faculty mobility programs within university international consortiums and is an expert for program innovation, curriculum internationalization and mobility. He is an elected Board Member of the EAIE Business Education Expert Community, as well as an active member on various HEI committees.


Prof. Dr. Christian Glahn


University of Applied Sciences Chur (HTW Chur)

Department: Blended Learning Center

Function: Director
Christian Glahn is director of the Blended Learning Center and professor for blended learning at HTW Chur. He holds an MSc in Media Education from the University of Innsbruck, Austria and a PhD in Information Systems from the Open Universiteit Nederlands, The Netherlands.

He has studied and researched the fields of computer and educational sciences in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands and has been active within the European technology enhanced learning research community for more than 15 years. He is experienced in bridging innovative context-aware technologies and formal training, non-formal learning, and performance support in universities, defense, public services, and industries. His research focuses on integrating smart technologies into existing technology-enhanced learning environments in higher education at the organizational level through in increased interoperability, student motivation, self-regulation, and educational designs. He is chairing the Swiss eduhub SIG Mobile Learning and was a member of the executive board of the International Association for Mobile Learning (IAMLearn).


Nina Grunder


Berne University of Arts (HKB)

Department: Continuing Education

Function: Member of the board of directors, Education, International Relations

Since 2012 Nina Grunder is member of the board of directors and within the scope of this role she is responsible for the education field. At the same time, Nina Grunder is the head of the further education programs in singing voice. She has a teacher education and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Singing, as well as a Master of Advanced Studies in Integrative Management. As of 2004, she is founder and director of an art agency for young musicians and from 2005 onwards managed several large projects in the music field (amongst others, for the Venice Biennale, the Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Days for New Chamber Music in Witten and the Bern City Theatre). In 2009 Nina Grunder developed several further education programs for the Bern University of the Arts and in 2010 she established the arts doctoral porgam “Graduate School of the Arts”. She is chief executive of the renowned music competition “Concours Nicati”.


Christophe Hadorn


University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO)

Department: Cyberlearn

Function: Assistant

Christophe Hadorn is an assistant at the Cyberlearn Center of HES-SO since 2012. He is in charge of innovative developments. He holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in business information from HES-SO. His interests go to wearable devices, immersive helmets, google glasses etc. to support learning.


Prof. Dr. Silvia Henke


Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU)

Department: Design & Art

Function: Head of the Department for Theory, Scholar (Professor) for Cultural Studies
Silvia Henke is a cultural scientist and Professor for cultural theory and Head of the Department for Theory at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts since 2000. She studied German and French Philology at University of Basel and holds a PhD in drama from the Universities of Basel and Hamburg. From 1990 -1995 she was an assistant professor at the German Literary Theory University of Basel and subsequently became a Scholar until 1999 for German Literary Theory and Media Studies at University of Basel. From 2011 to 2015 she was a lecturer for cultural sociology in MAS cultural management at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.



Dr. Hans-Gerd Josten

Berne University of Applied Sciences (BFH)

Department: Institute of Higher Education, Teaching and E-Learning (HDEL)

Function: Scientific Collaborator

Hans-Gerd Josten is a Scientific Collaborator at the Institute of Higher Education, Teaching and E-Learning (HDEL) at BFH. He studied in Bonn, Germany, where he obtained diploma and PhD in Laserphysics. He also holds the Diploma for High School Teaching in Physics, Mathematics, and Informatics. He spent 10 years teaching at different high schools in Switzerland. Since 2001 he is a scientific collaborator in E-learning for SVC-Projects Eduswiss Online, ICT-Law and EU project Solocom. Since 2002 he is a scientific collaborator in E-learning at BFH and since 2005 Moodle expert responsible for BFH. From 2012 – 2015 he worked additionally as a lecturer at PH Berne, giving introductory courses in physics.


Christian Lochmatter


Swiss Distance University of Applied Sciences (FFHS)

Department: IT Services

Function: Head of IT Services
Christian Lochmatter is the Head of IT Services at the Swiss Distance University of Applied Sciences. He obtained an engineering diploma in telecommunication from the University of Applied Sciences HES-SO and holds a further education diploma in technology and informatics from the Berne University of Applied Sciences.


Lisa Messenzehl


Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)

Department: President’s Office

Function: E-Assessment Consultant
Lisa Messenzehl is part of the E-learning coordination group at ZHAW since 2015. They provide didactical advice and technical support for teachers using their E-learning tools Moodle and Mahara. Lisa Messenzehl is the responsible consultant for online exams, she assists in E-assessment Projects and trains teachers to prepare and implement examinations with digital tools.

Lisa Messenzehl holds a diploma in political sciences and an M.A. in educational management. From 2007 – 2010 she was office manager for an intercultural exchange organization and coordinated EU funded youth education programs. She worked at Basler Bildungsgruppe  from 2010 to 2014 and headed different projects in the field of higher vocational education: She processed educational quality management, developed new study programs and supported private schools with their marketing and PR activities.


Dr. Giovanni Randazzo


University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI)

Department: IT

Function: Technical Collaborator

Giovanni Randazzo is an expert in technology and communication for the Web with more than ten years of experience in the field. He is a technical collaborator at the information systems services office at SUPSI. He obtained his PhD at the TEC-Lab (Technology Enhanced Communication Laboratory) at the Università della Svizzera Italiana. He has founded a communication agency in which he served as Chief Technology Officer and he managed projects in the area of Southern Switzerland. He directed ticinoinfo SA, the competence center in Canton Ticino for technologies applied to tourism.


Prof. Anne-Dominique Salamin


University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO)

Department: Cyberlearn

Function: Head of Cyberlearn, Professor
Anne-Dominique Salamin is Professor and Head of Cyberlearn, E-learning center of University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland. She holds a MSc in Educational Sciences and Distance Learning from the University of Lyon Lumière II, France and a Post-Graduate Diploma on Distant Learning from the University of Montreal, Canada. She leads the research laboratory ENSLAB (Enhanced Student Laboratory) which aims to analyze the effect of innovative technologies on learning. Her research expertise lies in education, multimodal platforms, mobile learning and cognitive processes in learning in distant environments. She teaches communication at undergraduate level and monitors master theses in the field of communication and E-Learning. She is an active reviewer and presenter for several international conferences in the distant education field, such as: E-Learning conference 2011, 2012; Eden conference 2013; E-Learn 2013; Ed media 2014; E-Learn 2014; ICEWL 2015; #dLRN 2015.


Renato Soldenhoff


Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

Department: Cultural Analysis / Dossier Teaching

Function: Responsible for e-learning
Renato Soldenhoff is a conceptual designer, project developer and Head of E-Learning at Zurich University of the Arts. He studied Leadership in Digital Communication at Berlin University of the Arts and Process Design at Hyperwerk FHNW in Basel. Additionally to his work at ZHdK Renato Soldenhoff runs his own conceptual design agency “Curious About”.


Prof. Marco Sommer


Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU)

Department: Learning and Teaching Center (eLearning/didactics)

Function: Team Leader
Marco Sommer is professor of computer Science at HSLU School of Business since 2002. He provides E-Learning trainings for professors and is involved in postgraduate and student education and manages the technical office new learning media.

Marco Sommer is an automotive engineer FH and has a postgraduate diploma in software-engineering from the Berne University of Applied Sciences, a postgraduate diploma from the Swiss Institute of Professional Pedagogics and a certificate for educational media from the University of Duisburg.

He was a teacher at vocational schools in Zurich and Solothurn, Switzerland from 1992 – 1999. Before joining HSLU he then was at Swiss Post in Berne to coordinate and complete the project management for technology-based instruction media and E-Learning-platform-services.


Maria Stergiou 


swissuniversities, Swiss Rector’s Conference

Department: International Relations

Function: Strategic planning Internationalization Universities of Applied Sciences & Arts

Maria Stergiou, is responsible for the strategy of the Universities of Applied Sciences & Arts Mobility Program 2016. The program aims at strengthening international cooperation and partnerships and improving the visibility of Swiss Higher Education through thematic delegation tours abroad and is under the auspices of the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). She was program manager of the initiative ThinkSwiss – Brainstorm The Future, and worked as project leader and scientific collaborator in the domain of art & science, international promotion, intercultural relations for the University of Zurich, swissfilms, Swiss Federal Office of Culture and the City of Zurich.