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12
2020

CUSO by numbers

Caroline Betto-Colliard, Denis Billotte & Pauline Fritsch, CUSO

CUSO is a joint organization of the universities of French-speaking Switzerland, whose mission is to offer doctoral training programs to the largest possible number of doctoral candidates in the network. You may be familiar with one or more of these doctoral programs. But what do you know quantitatively about CUSO, its offer and its operations? From a series already published on Twitter, this post provides some answers... in numbers!


CUSO is the largest community of doctoral candidates in French-speaking Switzerland !

32 thematic doctoral programs
1 transferable (soft) skills program
4 600 doctoral candidates
70% of all doctoral candidates in “Romandie”

 

CUSO means: a rich and diversified training offer !

10 programs in natural and exact sciences (STEM):
  • Earth Surface Processes & Paleobiosphere
  • Ecology & Evolution
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Mineral Sciences
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • StarOmics
  • Statistics
11 humanities programs:
  • German Lang&Lit
  • English Lang&Lit
  • Italian Lang&Lit
  • French Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Contemporary History
  • Age of Enlightenment Studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Art History
11 social sciences programs:
  • Theology
  • Religion Studies
  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Sociology
  • Political Science
  • Law
  • Behavioural Economy
  • Gender Studies
3 axes for training
  • scientific knowledge

  • methods

  • career development

5 600 h/year, training activities
1 600 teachers and experts

 

CUSO is a very extensive network of institutions !

4 member universities

UNIFR-UNIGE-UNIL-UNINE

2 associate institutes

ISDC-IHEID

… and other partners

UNIBE-UZH-UNILU-UNIBAS

< 2 500 000 CHF/year, funded by universities
 

 

CUSO means: more than 1000 people committed to doctoral training !

Conseil académique, Commission de coordination et de gestion (governing bodies) : 
14 rectors and vice-rectors
General office:  4 people
Skills program: 2 people
Thematic programs:
32 directors
32 coordinators
400 committee members 
> 520 training activity organizers

 

CUSO also offers a program for the development of transferable skills !

> 100 workshops / year
> 900 h of training / year
> 1 000 participating doctoral candidates / year
> 35 trainers
6 themes
  • Organization, Management, Planning 
  • Scientific English
  • Research & Society
  • Communication
  • Career Planning
  • Scientific Information

 

CUSO also means «Ma thèse en 180 secondes» !

MT180 Suisse

6 university finals
1 national final event

   + specially tailored workshops
   + personal coaching
   + partnership with FNS

… and the winner of the Swiss finals gets qualified for the international finals !