The president of the association is expected from November 17-19 in Washington, DC, where professional training, research and innovation will be on the agenda.
Parmlin will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Education Trustees Miguel Cardona, Labor Marty Walsh, and Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Greaves, to underscore a mutual commitment to continuing and deepening close collaboration in the vocational training sector. This protocol, valid for three years, creates the necessary framework conditions so that interested parties can independently organize visits and start projects aimed at transferring knowledge.
Secretary Vaud will not be alone on his transatlantic journey. He will actually be accompanied by Martina Hirayama, Minister of State for Education, Research and Innovation, and Marie Gabriel Ignition Fleisch, Minister of Economy. The delegation will also include National Counsel Christa Markwalder (President of the Swiss-American Parliamentary Union), Matthias Egger, President of the Swiss National Fund (SNF), and Andre Kudelsky, President of Inoswiss.
The White House will host an interview with Eric Lander, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In addition, Parmelin will discuss with members of Congress and representatives of Swiss companies based in the United States the topic of strengthening cooperation in the field of vocational training. There will also be a virtual meeting with the Biden administration’s Secretary of Transportation, and former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.
Then another Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between the FNS and the US National Science Foundation (NSF). It is a declaration of intent with which the two entities pledge to cooperate extensively in the future. EAER notes that the USA is the main partner of Switzerland in the field of research: 15% of the scientific publications in the Consortium are the result of cooperation with the United States.
Contacts between the two countries are generally close and important to both economies: Washington is Berne’s second trading partner, while Switzerland is one of the world’s largest investors.
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