Organization: HES-SO//FR HEIA-FR and INNOSQUARE CLUSTERS
Type of organization: University / Institute of competitiveness
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).
Type of activities that best describe my current responsabilities: Lead organisation, set strategy and action agenda, design programs and policies .
I have been active in economic development for: Between 10 and 15 years .
I have experience with the following economic development-related tools: Industry analysis , Regional economic analysis , Cluster analysis , Benchmarking , Evaluation , Training , Project management .
I have experience with the following economic development-related topics: Internationalization , Innovation, R&D , Workforce development , Location/cluster/marketing/branding/communications , Emerging clusters , Impact assessment/evaluation , Capacity building .
I have worked in the following world regions: Europe , North America .
I have worked in the following industries: Metal Processing/Manufacturing , Plastics .
I am fluent (to high proficient) in the following languages: English , French .
I am interested in: Participating in joint programs/cooperation projects , Doing peer reviews of programs/policies/initiatives , Being a speaker .