Center of innovation
The canton of Vaud is proud to be a leading European hub in terms of technology and innovation. Its research centers and technology parks attract large numbers of international specialists.
Switzerland is very much an international hub for innovation and this reputation is richly deserved, with its levels of expenditure in research and development activities among the highest around the globe (some 3.5% of GDP). Close ties between universities and institutes of higher education and industry promote the transfer of knowledge and technologies. Institutes on an international scale, such as the European particle physics laboratory (CERN) and the Paul Scherrer Institute devoted to natural and engineering sciences, attract specialists from all four corners of the globe.