Name: Jacques

Surname: Bersier

Organization: HES-SO//FR HEIA-FR

Type of organization: University / Institute of competitiveness

Country: Switzerland

Short bio:

Since 2003, Prof. Bersier has been the deputy director of the « Haute école d’ingénierie et d’architecture de Fribourg » (HEIA-FR) member of the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (HES-SO). He is also Director for Applied Research and Development. Prior to that, he taught Mechanics, Multibody Dynamics and Numerical Simulation for 24 years. He obtained diplomas in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1975, 1978) and a diploma in Business Informatics at the University of Fribourg (1994). In 2005 he launched and has coordinated the Swiss Plastics Cluster, followed in 2009 by the Science and Technology Centre of the Canton of Fribourg (PST-FR) . The PST-FR is an initiative for cluster activation and support and the project is part of the new regional innovation policy (NPR) of the canton of Fribourg. From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Bersier has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Universities of Applied Sciences of the Swiss Center of Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education (OAQ). Since 2009 he is an affiliated member of the Center for Competitiveness of the University of Fribourg and from 2014, a member of the EUR-ACE label committee, representing the Swiss Agency of Accreditation and Quality Assurance (AAQ). Since 2016 he is member of the EUSALP AG2 and lead partner of the Interreg VB S3-4Alpclusters project.