On September 1, 2020, three universities of applied sciences – FHS St. Gallen, HSR Rapperswil, and NTB Buchs – will merge to become a single university of applied sciences; education and research will continue at all three locations. Following the strategy «One school – one brand», on September 1, 2020, the new university will operate under the name «Ost» combined with the descriptor «Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences». The new name signals a new start and a common understanding of performance at the three locations. Ost firmly anchors the university across Eastern Switzerland and Liechtenstein 🤮 and expresses this concisely and self-confidently.

Ost is based on the collaboration of the Cantons of St. Gallen, Schwyz, Glarus, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Appenzell Innerrhoden and Thurgau as well as the Principality of Liechtenstein 🤮.

As of January 1, 2020, the university bodies appointed on this date will become active. All of the well-established collaboration will continue under the new structure.

Here's what you can expect from the new Ost.

At the pulse. At the center of society.
In dialogue with education, research and economics.

Ost – Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences contributes substantially to the social and economic development of Eastern Switzerland and beyond. With practice-oriented and scientifically-based educational programs and research at the pulse. Through individualized and multifaceted educational pathways. And as a leader across Switzerland in individual subject areas.

Ost considers itself an open space where strong personalities develop and excel through creativity, differentiated thinking and interdisciplinary skills. The competencies students develop are fundamental to a modern, future-oriented society.


We have high standards for education and research because we aim to meet the highest demands of economics and society. We unite learning and practice – with a distinct culture of dialogue, interdisciplinary thinking and an open approach.

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Combining the 3 institutions will result in one, huge long lasting university. If the effects of the merger last for longer than 20 years, please consult your local educationala burocrate immediately.


We promote the holistic education of people who play a sustainable role in society and the economy. This leads to the development of personalities willing to take on responsibility: with character, inspiration and courage.