Sunday, May 27


15:00 Meet at Hotel St. Josef


address: Hirschengraben 64/68 – CH-8001 Zürich

telephone: 044 250 57 57


15:00 – 17:00 Seminar 1

Share individual learning objectives

Identify common questions to be explored at each university

Review logistics of visits including logistics, protocol, and general questions


Briefing on Universität Zürich – Tami and Erika

Briefing on ETH – Anurag and Nicole

Briefing on Universität Basel – Ellen and Catherine

Briefing on FHNW Design School – Dean DePauw and Abram

Briefing on Université de Strasbourg – Cortney


Journal topic – Individual learning objectives and ways to achieve these. Initial observations.


18:30 – 20:00 Dinner @ Restaurant Swiss Chuchi

Monday, May 28

6:30 – 8:55 Breakfast @ Hotel St. Josef

09:05 – Depart from Hotel St. Josef on foot (together).


Universität Zürich (University of Zürich)

Main Building, E-Floor, KOL E 13, Raemistrasse 71, 8006 Zurich


09:25 – Arrive @ UZH main entrance


VT Visit to UZH– Global Perspectives Program 2018 

09:30               Welcome

Dr. Evi Fountoulakis, Deputy Director, International Relations Office

Prof. Karen P. DePauw, Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education


09:40               Introduction to UZH
                        Dr. Evi Fountoulakis, Deputy Director, International Relations Office


09:55                         Short Introduction

                                    All participants


10:00                           Graduate Campus: A platform for young researchers

Eric Alms, Transferable Skills Courses, Graduate Campus


10:20               Short Break


10:50                          University Politics – the role of VAUZ

Merlin Incenti-Medici, VAUZ International Higher Education Policy


11:10               Introduction to the Swiss Education System & Discussion

Prof. Dr. Philippe Gonon, Director, Institute of Education


11:30               Citizen Science at UZH

                        Prof. em. Dr. Daniel Wyler, Delegate of the President for Strategic Projects


12:00                          End of Visit



Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH Zürich)






12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at ETH Dozentenfoyer

13.14h ETH Link shuttle to Hönggerberg

13.30h  Arrive on the Hönggerberg Campus













19:00 – Dinner @ Wirtschaft Neumarkt,

address: Neumarkt 5 CH-8001 Zürich, telephone: 044 252 79 39

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

6:20 Gather luggage together in lobby/restaurant and checkout

6:30-6:50 Breakfast and check out @ Hotel St. Josef

6:50 – Depart Hotel St. Josef for Zurich HB, on foot (with luggage)

07:08 – Depart Zürich for Basel via train

8:13 – Arrive Basel SBB,

8:30 Drop luggage off at Hotel Mission 21

08:45 – Gather in Hotel lobby to head to UniBasel.

Meet Erich Thaler of Networks and Global Partnerships at UniBasel

University of Basel (UniBasel)






9:15-10:00 Walking tour of Basel en route to City Parliament

10:00 – 11:00 Visit of Basel’s City Parliament

Walk to the Old University (foundations from 1460) and to Münsterplatz (the City’s Cathedral where, among others, Erasmus’ tomb can be found).

11: 30 – 12:00 Alte Universität

Rheinsprung 11; 4051 Basel

Welcome and Introduction to EUCOR – The European Campus

by Dr Miriam Rohnsdorf

12:00 -13:30 Walk to Münsterplatz for lunch,

Enjoy the view from the Pfalz to France and Germany, with free time for lunch in Freie Strasse and on Marktplatz

13:30 Take the tram to Dreispitz


Fachhochschule für Kunst und Gestaltung (FHNW Academy of Art and Design / Campus Dreispitz)

Reception of the group by Director Prof. Dr. Kerstin Langkilde


Visit of the Academy

15:00 Depart FHNW

Tram ride to University of Basel Library

15:30 Group meets in the University Library (UB) lobby

Reception by N.N. (Specialist for the collection of publications originating from Basel. Collection “Basiliensia”)

17:00 Walk back to hotel



19:00 – Dinner at Restaurant Wilhelm Tell



Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Breakfast @ hotel bildungszentrum 21

08:50 – Depart hotel bildungszentrum 21, on foot

09:21 – Depart Basel SBB for Strasbourg via train

10:37 – Arrive Gare de Strasbourg-Ville.

Université de Strasbourg

11:05 – Université de Strasbourg et pause café dans le jardin intérieur

4 Rue Blaise Pascal, 67081 Strasbourg, France


17:00 – 18:00 – Explore Strasbourg on way to dinner


18:00 – Dinner at Au Pont Saint Martin

5 rue des moulins, 67000 Strasbourg.

20:45 – Depart Au Pont Saint Martin to walk to Gare de Strasbourg

21:21 – Depart from Gare de Strasbourg-Ville for Basel via train

22:39 – Arrive Basel SBB


Thursday, 31 May 2018 (Chorpus Christi)

Breakfast @ hotel bildungszentrum 21


9:00 Seminar 2

Debriefings from visits to UZH and ETH (Day 1)

Debriefings from visits to Universität Basel, FHNW Design School (Day 2)

Debriefing from visit to Université de Strasbourg (Day 3)


Journal topic 2 – Initial observations and reflections about Swiss (Zürich) universities – things that you expected and those you did not expect. Describe what you anticipate hearing and seeing on our university visit to University of Strasbourg and UniBasel in the Upper Rhine region.

Journal topic 3 – Initial reflections on differences and commonalities between Swiss and French universities. Consider missions, structure, students, and facilities. In short, a narrative focused on “what I have learned thus far.


Briefing on Politecnico di Milano – Missie and Sara

Briefing on Milano, Bellinzona

(if we have time, otherwise these last briefings will be on Thursday night)

10:45 – Be in lobby with luggage and checked out of hotel.

11:00 Depart Hotel

11:10 – Travel to Basel SBB. Walk to Spalentor, Bus 30 (3 stops) (with luggage)

11:30: grab snacks/lunch for train to Riva

12:04 – Depart Basel SBB via train

17:17 – Arrive CapolagoRiva San Vitale

17:30 – 18:30 Check-in process at Steger Center







Evening – GPP Switzerland Opening Reception at Steger Center.

Dinner and History of Steger Center and Riva San Vitale with Daniela Doninelli

Friday, 1 June 2018

Breakfast @ Steger Center

07:22 – Depart (on foot) for train station.

 07:47 – Depart Capolago/Riva San Vitale for Milan, Italy via train

 08:50 – Arrive Milano Centrale

9:06 Tram to PoliMi

Politecnico di Milano







09:30 – Meeting at the Aula Magna

(Building 1, 1st floor, piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32)

09:30 – 10:15 – Guided tour of the Campus

10:15 -11:30 – Introduction to Politecnico di Milano

by Francesca Fogal (International Relations and EU Projects Office)

11:30 – 13:00 – Meeting with Prof. Paolo Biscari,

Director of the Politecnico di Milano PhD School

13:00 – 14:30 – Meeting with Politecnico di Milano PhD students and brunch

14:30 – Conclusion of Politecnico di Milano Visit


14:30 Take tram to Duomo

Duomo di Milano

Free time in Milan (recommendations: Caffè Cova, Castello Sforzesco, Duomo di Milano, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milanese Cuisine [e.g. coffee, cotoletta alla milanese, gorgonzola, risotto milanese salame milano, etc.], Parco Sempione, San Siro)


Open Dinner

Open return, individual tickets to Riva San Vitale


Note: Last train for Capolago/Riva San Vitale departs Milano Porta Garibaldi @ 23:09 and Milano Centrale @ 23:10 (1 June 2018) and may involve a 45 minute walk. When planning your return trip, don’t forget about tomorrow’s schedule.


Saturday, 2 June 2018

Breakfast @ Steger Center

08:15 – Depart (on foot from) Steger Center for train station.

08:40 – Depart Capolago/Riva San Vitale for Bellinzona via train

9:27 – Arrive in Bellinzona

Explore the Bellinzona Saturday Market, and Bellinzona (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Consider going up to Castello Montebello, or just sitting and enjoying the day, perhaps with a caffè. (If you go to Castello di Montebello, please allow at least 20 min time to walk to Castelgrande. It can be slightly challenging to find the paths to the castles. See Appendix.)


12:30 – Lunch @ Grotto Castelgrande

Local train to Lugano

Free time in Lugano

Dinner on your own

Local rain to Riva S. Vitale

Evening Wine Tasting with Daniela Doninelli


Sunday, 3 June 2018

Breakfast @ Steger Center

Work Day @ Steger Center

Lunch @ Steger Center

Seminar 3

Debriefings from visit to PoliMi

Continued discussion of observations/reflections from visits (all completed but SUPSI and USI).

Journal topic – observations and reflections of academic perspectives and impact upon the future of higher education from a global perspective. Impact of European higher education on U.S. higher education, especially graduate education.

Conversation about cultural visits – Bellinzona, Lugano, etc.

Briefing on Lucy Ferrrari

Briefing on SUPSI – Ernesto and Tyler

Briefing on USI – Amiel and Brittany

Journal topic – initial observations and reflections related to individual project topic and individual learning objectives


18:00 Take Minibus to Carona

19:00 – Dinner @ Ristorante San Grato (Carona, Switzerland)

Return to Riva San Vitale via minibus


Monday, 4 June 2018

Breakfast @ Steger Center

07:55 – Depart (on foot) Steger Center for train station.

08:09 – Depart from Capoloago-Riva San Vitale for Lamone-Cadempino via train

08:30 – Arrive @ Lamone-Cadempino

09:04 – 09:21 – Bus 449 (Bioggio Molinazzo, Stazione) from Lamone-Cadempino, Stazione to Manno, Centro di Calcolo (11 stops)


Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana (SUPSI)







09.30    Welcome and introduction to the Swiss education system, SUPSI and DACD department (

Presentation of SUPSI’s internationalisation activities

10.30    Introduction to ISAAC (Institute for Applied Sustainability to the Built Environment ) and activities in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the built environment

11.30    Presentation of research and training activities in the field of design and visit to FabLab

12.30    Lunch

Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)







Schedule for USI visit TBD

TBD Dinner at Steger Center

Following dinner we will hold seminar 4

Planning session for discussion of Global Seminar with colleagues from UniBasel @ Steger Center and Conference @ Swiss Embassy

Reflections on individual learning outcomes

Journal topic – observations & reflections on university visits (both personal & professional). Anything & everything you would like to write. Please continue to write in your journal throughout the remainder of the experience

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

10am – 4pm Global Summit

Breakfast  @ Steger Center

Morning – Work Day @ Steger Center

Special Lunch @ Steger Center

Universität Basel GPP arrive @ Capolago-Riva San Vitale


Global Summit @ Steger Center


14:00 – Opening Session

Welcome and Introductions – K. DePauw


Logistics for the swiss embassy and group assignments

15:00 – Afternoon Break

15:30 – Working Session #1 –

17:00 – Coffee & Conversation in the Garden

Group Photo


18:00 – Dinner at Steger Center


Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Breakfast @ Steger Center

Free time

12.00 – Lunch @ Steger Center


Seminar 8

Individual Research Presentations



TBD – Final Dinner @ Steger Center


Closing Reception @ Steger Center


Seminar 9


Reflections on individual learning outcomes and Global Student Seminar.

Program evaluation and concluding comments.


Journal topic – Observations and reflections on global experiences and becoming a global citizen.


Thursday, 7 June 2016

Breakfast @ Steger Center

Depart Steger Center