In its capacity as a centre of excellence at the service of the canton, the HES-SO Valais-Wallis works hard to reinforce an interdisciplinary culture and way of working, both within its own walls and beyond. The UAS has therefore opted to focus its activities on three hubs or interdisciplinary axes, which are in line with the priorities set by the canton and are ideally suited to positioning the UAS as a leader in both the Swiss and international arenas. Energy, Health and Tourism are the three key fields of study to which the various institutes’ activities are aligned, in order to develop innovative projects.
Since Switzerland’s major energy transition challenges cannot be addressed by solutions emerging solely from a single area of expertise, the HES-SO Valais-Wallis decided to create the Institute of Sustainable Energy to provide a multidisciplinary response to these issues. This Institute brings together people from different schools of the HES-SO Valais-Wallis, thus merging technical, digital, economic and social skills.
In 2014, the Health axis set up the HES-SO Valais-Wallis “Health Technology Innovation Center” (HTIC), whose mission is to encourage synergy between the institutes carrying out research into technologies for the support of sustainable health, by means of aspects such as the detection and prevention of disease, nutrition and healthy living, patient support, the management of chronic illnesses, rehabilitation aids, the integration of people with disabilities and support for the elderly and their families. The HTIC is already home to several interdisciplinary projects undertaken at the HES-SO, such as the Nano-Tera IsyPeM 2 project, in which the ITV, ISI and IIG institutes are developing a miniaturised solution for the forecasting of medication concentrations.
The aim of the Tourism Development Axis is to reinforce research in the field of tourism and to contribute to the optimisation of added value. Combining the strengths of all the institutes of the HES-SO Valais-Wallis, it seeks to reposition tourism within a sustainable, interdisciplinary perspective. Its long-term objective is to reinforce the status of the HES-SO Valais-Wallis as an institution that advises local and regional tourism operators, as well as the relevant political bodies, and will position the HES-SO Valais-Wallis as a Swiss centre of excellence for promoting sustainability in the tourism industry. In the coming months, the Tourism Development axis will concentrate primarily on two essential aspects of tourism: the development of innovation transfer and of incubation processes in the world of tourism, and the creation of new tourism services and products.