Looking back

2020 | Development of Centre for Service Learning and project handover

At the beginning of 2019, stakeholders from different Swiss higher education facilities with an interest in Service Learning met for the first time. One year later, the “Swiss Centre for Service Learning at higher education facilities” was established. At the end of 2020, the Swiss Centre for Service Learning handed over the entire project to the associati.

2017 | “100 years of studies in social work” anniversary project

To celebrate 100 years of the Lucerne School of Social Work, students started planning a large number of undertakings for the public interest in autumn 2017. Together with partners, they implemented these undertakings at various locations in the German-speaking part of Switzerland, between 18 February and 4 March 2018. All undertakings are shown on the project platform. Mora about the anniversary undertakings

2016 | “Service-Learning – Studierende engagiert in der Gesellschaft” (students engaged in society) seminar

For a number of years now, the Swiss Centre for Service Learning, a project of the Migros Culture Percentage, has been focused on encouraging the use of service levels at all levels of education. At the university level, it cooperated with the Institute for Business Ethics of the University of St. Gallen in 2016 and took part in the seminar “Service-Learning – Studierende engagiert in der Gesellschaft”, which was led by Prof. Dr. Christoph Schank, a board member of the current association.

Around 20 students gave themselves the task of developing ideas for a Service Learning web platform at Swiss higher education facilities. Among other things, this involved creating the name ben:edu, which stands for beneficium and education. The logo was also developed at this time.

The following students took part in the seminar: Elias Boeni, Fiona Bucher, Camille Chauvin, Achille Chevrier, Michele De Maio, Kilian Elsasser, Martina Gromo, Mirjam Käser, Angelo Kaufmann, Lukas Koller, Lars Marxer, Marija Milutinovic, Julia Moll, Paul-Clemens Sachsen, Ilija Sajlovic, Symeon D. Spiess, Selma Vuckic, Carl Zenger.


In the subsequent semester, the Swiss Centre for Service Learning funded a fellowship for Prof. Dr. Jantje Halberstadt, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, at the University of St. Gallen. Together with Christoph Schank, she drew up numerous documents, which were posted on this website, serving in particular as the basis for the iooi Service Learning tool and the Service Learning Canvas. The fellowship was also supported by the foundation Stiftung Ernst Witzig.