EDUCA SWISS is a Swiss foundation that promotes and finances education. We help motivated individuals to achieve their educational project, on the one hand by providing free assistance in the planning and budgeting of their professional education project, and on the other hand by arranging student loans at favourable interest rates.

EDUCA SWISS’ Vision and Commitment

We wish to create opportunities together because we are convinced that every person should be able to achieve their education project. Education not only strengthens the national economy, but also promotes a healthy society. Money in the form of a student loan creates a lasting impact, increases the graduation rate and can be used again after repayment. Our guiding principles are encouragement, commitment and professionalism.


Simon Merki

Managing Director

Christina Zöller

Executive Assistant

Imelda Beer

Imelda Beer

Volunteer Team Manager

Katharina Cuthbertson-Merki

Support for Candidates and Lenders

Ferdinand Pelzelmayer

Project Manager DreamTeam


Mirjam Senn

Project Manager Network and Prevention DreamTeam

Marie Hallmann

Marie Hallmann

Marketing Services & Communication

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Tamara Ilic

Business Trainee

Foundation Board and Expert Council

In 2015, the Foundation Board founded EDUCA SWISS in Lucerne. The Expert Council provides professional support.

News and Events

Keep up to date with our news and events agenda.

Our history

EDUCA SWISS has become an indispensable part of Swiss education. Learn more about our history.

EDUCA SWISS is supported among others by


Matthias Aebischer

National Council Bern

«Education is a human right and should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their social background or financial starting position. I am committed to this along with EDUCA SWISS Foundation.»

Matthias Michel

Matthias Michel

Council of States Zug

«I support EDUCA SWISS in its goal of ensuring that every ambitious person in Switzerland can complete an education or training program – regardless of their financial situation or social background.»

Sandra Locher Benguerel

Sandra Locher Benguerel

National Councillor Graubünden

«Education is the key to a self-determined life and contributes to a strong and stable society. That’s why I support EDUCA SWISS in its goal to create fair opportunities.»

Professor Dr. Theo Wehner

Industrial Psychologist

Theo Wehner studied psychology and sociology, is now a visiting professor at the University of Bremen and professor emeritus at the Center for Organizational and Work Sciences at ETH Zurich University. As an expert, he works for leading foundations that finance education. His research focuses on the meaning of professional work and the act of becoming in today’s society. How do we learn through experience – especially in dealing with mistakes and failure? What is the nature of volunteer work? How do we define effective support and guidance for people in their professional development? These questions are highly relevant for the EDUCA SWISS’ work especially.

Peter F. Weibel

Expert on Business and Foundations

Peter F. Weibel studied business administration at the University of Zurich and spent many years in leading positions for leading companies in Switzerland, including as CEO of PwC from 1988 to 2003 and as a member of the Board of Directors of Credit Suisse Group from 2004 to 2012. For 15 years now, Peter F. Weibel has committed professionally to education, social issues and culture. He was awarded the Medal of Honor of the City of Zurich for his services as long-time President of the Festivals. He contributed to the development of several foundations, including the Pestalozzi Foundation. Since 2012, he has presided over the Foundation of the University of Zurich. For EDUCA SWISS, Peter Weibel’s experience in professional governance, sustainable fundraising and especially in impact-oriented leadership is particularly valuable.