The Human Development Report (HDR) is an annual milestone published by the Human Development Report Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The rankings are based on three basic areas — life expectancy, education and income/standard of living. In 2015, Switzerland secures the third spot behind Norway and Australia.
Reliability and safety favor intelligent mobility in Switzerland
Intelligent mobility is on everyone’s lips Depending on their purpose and destination, means of transport are used and combined differently, “sharing instead of owning” as a principle of the sharing economy has changed the market fundamentally. Switzerland is a pioneer in carsharing. Commercial use began here almost 30 years ago.
In carsharing “Mobility Carsharing” is the Swiss market leader. Apart from the social stability and reliable public transport, the intelligent technology of “MobiSys” has contributed to Mobility’s success, revealed Marcel Amstutz, CEO Mobility Systems + Services and CIO Mobility Cooperative in an interview. “In general Switzerland has a great advantage compared to its neighbors or the Asia Pacific region thanks to the reliability and density of the public transport network. Mobility cars are normally used in a very targeted way. Integrated into a larger trip, the success and as a result the satisfaction of Mobility customers hinges on the reliability of public transport. Other important factors are safety and reliability.” As a self-service system, carsharing depends on users taking care of the car. “The social responsibility of the carsharing users is a great advantage in Switzerland. However, due to the great demand over the years, the digital safeguard provided by the MobiSys software has also made a crucial contribution to the user experience.”
Geographic and political safety play a role
In terms of data security the geographic and geological situation is also an advantage for Switzerland, according to Amstutz, “Hosting data from within Switzerland is a sales argument. Not only are you relatively safe from earthquakes here, but also from political upheavals that could radically change legislation, meaning you would no longer have any access to your data.”
Self-driving cars: the business model continues to develop
Marcel Amstutz still sees great growth potential in the field of intelligent mobility. The share of Wallet in Switzerland is still in the one percent range. “In Switzerland it is above all the multi-modal model that is emerging. Users want to make a journey from A to B and the composition should be as optimal as possible in terms of capacity utilization, time, costs or the ecological footprint. In this way an individual mix of different means of transport can emerge. The integration with public transport already mentioned is also continuing to develop.” Self-driving cars will soon play an important role in this mix too. These will add an even bigger customer base, since a driver’s license will no longer be needed. “On the technology side, the carsharing providers who also use the MobiSys software outside Switzerland have the same needs and requirements. Consequently this means a lead in international competition for Mobility Systems + Services and Switzerland, which hopefully can be exploited."
The beginnings of Mobility
The “self-driver community” operated in Zurich from 1948 to 1998 is regarded as the worldwide pioneer of carsharing. The first larger carsharing projects then began in Europe, the USA and Japan in the early 1980s, but these all ceased operations relatively quickly. In 1987 two carsharing cooperatives were formed independently of each other in Switzerland: ATG AutoTeilet in Stans and ShareCom in Zurich. These then merged in 1997 to form today’s Swiss market leader Mobility Carsharing. The MobiSys software is the result of many years of experience in carsharing and was developed especially for Mobility Carsharing by Mobility Systems + Services. This SaaS solution has also been internationally licensed since 2011.
Switzerland ranks 3rd in the Human Development Report 2015
A bright future for ICT in Switzerland
For the first time, Switzerland makes the top 10 of the International Telecommunication Union’s ICT Development Index; a composite index combining 11 indicators into one benchmark measure that can be used to monitor and compare developments in information and communication technology (ICT) between countries and over time. The indicators are grouped in 3 main sub-indices; readiness, use and skills.
Switzerland climbs up the Global Adaptation Index
Switzerland comes back to its best position in the Global Adaptation Index thanks to its outstanding performance in terms of readiness to improve resilience. The University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) summarizes a country's vulnerability to climate change and other global challenges in combination with its readiness to improve resilience.
Switzerland: the best place for young workers
Switzerland comes out first in the latest Young Worker Index by PricewaterhouseCoopers, outperforming Germany and Austria. Published by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Young Workers Index assesses how well OECD countries are developing the economic potential of their young people. The index is a weighted average of eight indicators that reflect the labor market activity and educational participation of people aged under 25 in 34 OECD countries.
Switzerland tops world ranking of business talent 2015
The IMD World Talent Report is based on 20 years’ worth of competitiveness-related data, including an in-depth survey of more than 4,000 executives in the 61 countries covered by the study. In the 2015 edition, Switzerland leads the way in developing, attracting and retaining talent to satisfy corporate needs.
The Legatum Index recognizes Switzerland’s prosperity
Switzerland ranks second in the Legatum Prosperity Index for the third time in a row. The index assesses how prosperous an economy is based on more than just macroeconomic factors – also taking into account wellbeing. The index ranks 142 countries across eight categories: the Economy, Entrepreneurship & Opportunity; Governance; Education; Health; Safety & Security; Personal Freedom; and Social Capital.
Switzerland is the world’s most positive country in 2015
For the first time, Switzerland has topped the World’s Most Positive Country Index, leaving the second and third spot to Sweden and China respectively. The alpine country jumped to the first place from last year’s fourth position mostly thanks to its consistent display of competitiveness in nurturing innovation and talent.
Switzerland is the second strongest nation brand
Renowned brand valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance released the 2015 edition of its Nation Brands report which measures the strength and value of the nation brands of 100 leading countries. Between 2014 and 2015, Switzerland has moved up the Nation Brand Strength ranking from 3rd to 2nd place – scoring a brand strength index (BSI) of 89.5 over 100 and a triple-A brand rating.
Switzerland ranks as the number 2 country globally based on average job value of investment projects
Switzerland shines in the 2015 edition of the IBM Global Location Trends Report. The latter presents and analyzes the latest trends in corporate location selection around the world, providing the most realistic and up-to-date reflection of expansion and relocation behavior of companies, as well as the degree in which countries and regions around the world are successful in attracting new business.
ETH (Zurich) – First Swiss university to make the top 10 of the QS Worldwide University Ranking
2015 is a turning point for Swiss higher education and more specifically for the ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. For the first time, a Swiss school enters the top 10 of renowned QS Ranking, among exclusively British and US American elite universities. The QS World University Ranking lists the world's top universities produced by Quacquarelli Symonds and published annually since 2004.