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Lucerne - Switzerland's sixth ICT campus is being built in Lucerne with support from CSS Krankenkasse. To this end, young talents in the subjects of mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology (MINT) are being sought in the 7th grade of elementary schools. You will then receive permanent funding on campus.

The Lucerne-based CSS health insurance company is the main sponsor of the new CSS ICT Campus Central Switzerland. As announced by CSS, it will open on June 26 at the health insurance headquarters.

After Muttenz BL, Bern, Zurich, St.Gallen and Lenzburg AG, this will be the sixth ICT campus in Switzerland. In view of the acute shortage of skilled workers in the country, it is intended to promote the next generation in the so-called MINT subjects of mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology. For this purpose, young people with a MINT affinity are systematically sought in the 7th grade of elementary schools. You will then receive continuous and individual support on a campus.

Girls are still in the minority in the MINT subjects. The message goes on to say that the unusually high proportion of female students at almost 50 percent at the previous ICT campus locations is all the more remarkable.

This type of MINT funding is supported by the Northwestern Switzerland ICT Scouts / Campus Association. The systematic search and continuous support of mainly hidden talents is "urgently needed", says David Tassi, managing director of the regional OdA (Organization of the Working World) ICT Vocational Training Central Switzerland and the driving force behind the Central Switzerland ICT campus location. The head of the elementary school education department at the Canton of Lucerne, Aldo Magno, also sees this new initiative as an “ideal addition” to his own efforts in this area. mm

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