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Horw set to gain campus for teachers and engineers

The University of Teacher Education Lucerne and the School of Engineering and Architecture at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts are set to launch a joint campus in Horw. The investment costs total 365 million Swiss francs. The campus is also planned to promote start-ups and research.

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The University of Teacher Education Lucerne and the School of Engineering and Architecture at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts both need more space. The Governing Council of Lucerne is now planning to support their needs. On Monday, it presented a new concept to this end. A comprehensively planned architectural and operational campus for both educational institutes is to be constructed on cantonal land in Horw. For this, existing buildings of the School of Engineering and Architecture will initially be completely renovated and expanded, with new buildings then also to be constructed. For the University of Teacher Education Lucerne this means that it can be located within a single location in future, rather than the 11 sites it is currently spread across. Reports are suggesting that the investment costs for this project will run to approximately 365 million francs.

According the press release issued by the Canton of Lucerne, the new campus should not only generate a “positive spirit”, rather it should also have a distinct “charisma and pull as a cluster”. The press release also states that the campus should generate synergy potential for research, teaching and the economy: “Laboratories, certification and inspection bodies, innovation networks, research institutes and companies: they can all establish themselves on this campus. Right here, where young people are training for the future; here, where innovations are developed”.

The Governing Council of Lucerne intends to outsource the planning, construction and operation of the new campus to Immobilien Campus Luzern-Horw AG.

The consultation process of Governing Council will remain open to submissions and ideas up to January 10, 2020. It will deal with business related to the project over the course of 2020, with a referendum then planned for 2021.

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