Entrepreneurship in Switzerland: Student activity

The entrepreneurial spirit of Swiss students is still below the international average. The majority do not dream of establishing a company.

The entrepreneurial spirit of students at specialized higher education schools (HES) and Swiss universities is still below the international average. According to a survey conducted in Switzerland on 3,400 students within the framework of the Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit Students' Survey (GUESSS), the majority of them have never seriously thought about establishing a business; their first aim is for a job in an SME or a large company after completing their studies.

Percentage of students wishing to establish a company, 2016

 

 

Immediately after end of studies

Five years after end of studies

Peru

1

13.6%

69.3%

Colombia

2

17.8%

67.4%

Mexico

3

12.1%

65.9%

Ecuador

4

23.6%

64.2%

Panama

5

17.6%

61.7%

Ukraine

6

8.2%

61.6%

Argentina

7

21%

61.6%

El Salvador

8

21%

57.8%

Uruguay

9

10.4%

56.9%

Belarus

10

8.9%

56.8%

India

11

24.3%

56.8%

Kazakhstan

12

15%

53.8%

China

13

8.2%

52.3%

Russia

14

10.7%

51.3%

Slovakia

15

9.1%

46.1%

Liechtenstein

16

17.7%

45.6%

Macedonia

17

14.5%

45.2%

Poland

18

6.6%

40.2%

Average

19

8.8%

38.2%

Morocco

20

6.9%

38%

Luxembourg

21

7.3%

37.8%

Lithuania

22

7.3%

37.8%

Estonia

23

9.1%

37.5%

Brazil

24

9.8%

37.4%

France

25

5%

36.1%

Croatia

26

7.3%

36.1%

Canada

27

5.7%

35.1%

Malaysia

28

9.5%

34.3%

Slovenia

29

7.1%

33.2%

Hungary

30

3.8%

33%

Switzerland

47

3.4%

21.1%

Source: International Report of the Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit Students' Survey (GUESSS) 2016 (next edition: 2018)

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Last modification 27.08.2018

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