SIT Receives Strong Endorsement from Leading Scientists and the Canton of Schaffhausen

16 Dec 2019

The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT), an international research-led institution founded in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, with a mission to provide research, knowledge, and education, hosted its first annual Schaffhausen Insights in Technology conference in Schaffhausen. At the conference, SIT announced that the Cantonal Government of Schaffhausen is willing to support the next project steps of the SIT.

The process of establishing SIT has benefited greatly from broad community engagement. To support the promotion of innovative development in the Canton and to respond to the growing demand for ICT specialists, the Canton of Schaffhausen has decided to support the first project phase for the establishment of the SIT. The first stage should provide the necessary basis for a comprehensive assessment of the potential of the SIT development. According to the 2020 budget, the cantonal government plans to support the SIT project with a total of three million Swiss Francs over the next three years.

Christian Amsler, State Councillor of Department of Education of Schaffhausen, says: “Schaffhausen could strongly benefit from SIT's education, research, and innovation offering. It will provide the region with new experts in the field of information and communication technology, technology transfer between the university and the industry, and the establishment of start-ups from the SIT Tech Park”.

Chairman of the Board of the SIT, Dr. Serguei Beloussov, who is also the Founder and CEO of Acronis, a cyber protection company with dual headquarters in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and Singapore expressed his gratitude to the Canton for their pledge of support. “We are grateful and honored to receive the support from the Canton. To meet the global need for science and technology experts, we have assembled a team of world-class researchers and scientists to lead the school and provide research, knowledge, and education in the fields of software, physics, and digital transformation.

SIT Insights in Technology Conference

The Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics, Professor of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Wolfgang Ketterle delivered the keynote presentation at the conference, followed by a presentation of the Chairman of the Board of SIT, Founder and CEO of Acronis, Dr. Serguei Beloussov.

Until SIT’s physical facilities have been established, the Institute is currently offering Master’s Programs in partnership with CMU in Pittsburgh, USA, and NUS in Singapore. SIT students will benefit from getting two master’s degrees. The first students have already started their education at these partner universities in the academic year 2019-2020.

Also, it was announced that in 2019, SIT successfully established its first department in Software Engineering, with two chairs, led by Prof. Bertrand Meyer, Chair of Software and Security, and Prof. Mauro Pezzè, Chair of Software Testing and Analysis.

Leading academics and scientists support SIT

SIT has built a leadership team combining educational, academic, science, and research as well as management expertise. In addition, SIT has also established an advisory board, including:

  • Prof. Sir Konstantin Novoselov: Nobel Prize Winner in Physics, Professor of Physics Center for Advanced 2D Materials, National University of Singapore
  • Prof. Mark Kamlet: Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Provost Emeritus at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Prof. Mikhail Lukin: Professor of Physics, and Co-Director Harvard University, Harvard Quantum Optics Center and Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms
  • Prof. Artur Ekert: Director Center of Quantum Technologies at Oxford University Fellow of Merton College, University of Oxford. Lee Kong Chian Centennial Professor, National University of Singapore
  • Prof. Nicolas Gisin: Professor of Quantum Information and Communication, University of Geneva

About Schaffhausen Institute of Technology

The Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT) is an international research-led institution founded in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, with a mission to provide research, knowledge, and education. SIT focuses on three areas of advanced technology: software, physics and digital transformation. SIT bridges the gap between education, research and applications for industry, unifying them in one institution and removing barriers between specialties and disciplines.