For a thriving economy and for society as a whole the education system fulfills a very essential function. Whether in politics, culture, or business, Switzerland as we know it could not exist without a well-educated and innovative younger generation. High quality primary schools and a dual system of higher education have made Switzerland strong. But new insights and good ideas cannot be planned. They can only be encouraged: through long-term stability and a large measure of freedom. We are working to ensure that the right course is set, and that Switzerland tomorrow will retain its top ranking among the countries of the world.