Introducing Constructor Institute of Technology Schaffhausen

Introducing Constructor Institute of Technology Schaffhausen
Advancing Science and Education

Constructor Institute of Technology Schaffhausen

Knowledge through science

Constructor Institute of Technology, as a part of the Constructor ecosystem, operates with a shared purpose: driving transformative advancements in education, science, and technology. The Institute focuses on excellence in teaching and academic research to actively contribute to meaningful societal and economic changes.

Collaborating with renowned institutions such as Université de Genève and the National University of Singapore, the Institute offers advanced programs at the master, Ph.D., and postdoctoral levels.

The mission

With a solid commitment to building a sustainable future, Constructor Institute of Technology Schaffhausen prioritizes equal opportunities and gender equality, fostering an inclusive environment that empowers educators, staff, and students to thrive and contribute to knowledge and innovation.

Driven by a focus on Computer Science (CS) and Quantum Technology (QT), Constructor Institute of Technology strives for excellence in research, technology, innovation, education, and mentoring, leading the way in fundamental and applied research areas such as formal methods, quantum communications, software engineering for AI, and embedded systems.

The vision

Constructor Institute of Technology aims to become a leading research institution in Switzerland for Software Engineering and Quantum technologies with over 1.000 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and postdoctoral students by 2033.

Constructor Institute of Technology governance rests on the following ten core principles:

1. Innovation
We encourage creative, out-of-the-box thinking at all levels of Constructor Institute of Technology activities. In particular, we enthusiastically apply the “Humboldt” principles of many successful modern universities, keeping education and research closely intertwined for the benefit of both and fostering technology transfer.

2. Agility
We are ready to adapt quickly as new lessons are learned. 

3. Currency
We strive to benefit from the best modern management principles.

4. Practicality
We always keep in mind the practical benefits of Constructor Institute of Technology activities to our stakeholders, partners (academic and industrial), and society as a whole.

5. Transparency
Governance mechanisms are documented, and visible to all stakeholders of Constructor Institute of Technology.

6. Efficiency
All governance mechanisms are directed towards the fulfilment of Constructor Institute of Technology goals in education, research and technology transfer.

7. Ethics
We apply ethical rules, respect every individual involved in Constructor Institute of Technology processes, and convey to all stakeholders the Constructor Institute of Technology values of openness, honesty and fairness.

8. Reason
We apply to Constructor Institute of Technology governance the same principles of logical, systematic reasoning that govern Constructor Institute of Technology education, research and technology transfer.

9. Simplicity
We avoid unnecessary strictures and impediments.

10. Ambition
We never rest on any laurels but always aim for the higher step in excellence and achievements.

History and milestones
  • A new Pre-Master program launched, the Foundations of Information technology (FIT).
  • Prof. Dr. Manuel Oriol appointed as the president of Constructor Institute of Technology.
  • A new MSc program launched, covering Quantum Software Engineering and Computer Science (QSECS).
  • A new MSc program launched, covering Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Leadership (CSSEL).
  • Integration of Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT) and Jacobs University Bremen (JUB), as well as associated projects and companies, into a single entity, Constructor Group. SIT becomes Constructor Institute of Technology and respectively, JUB - Constructor University.
  • Graduation of first CSSE class.
  • First Constructor Institute of Technology patent.
  • Agreement signed with the University of Geneva, Switzerland for a joint centre in quantum technologies.
  • Acquisition of Jacobs University Bremen (JUB), Germany by SIT.
  • Third faculty member hired.
  • First class of CSSE students starts their master’s program in Schaffhausen (initially remotely because of Covid).
  • First non-faculty researchers (Ph.D. students and postdocs) hired, starting the Constructor research chairs.
  • Cooperation agreements with Carnegie-Mellon University (CMU, Pittsburgh, USA) and National University of Singapore (NUS), including provisions for hosting the first batch of students. First students start at CMU and NUS).
  • First “Schaffhausen Insights in Technology” conference brings Nobel Prize winners and other leading international speakers to talk to large local audiences.
  • Second faculty member hired, and decision to launch a master program in Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE) with a unique Technical Leadership focus.

 Decision by Dr. Serg Bell, a long-time tech and education entrepreneur and investor, to found a new university in Switzerland, initially “Schaffhausen Institute of Technology” (SIT). First faculty member (and provost) hired.

About the Constructor Group ecosystem

Constructor Group is a global institution founded in 2019 by Dr. Serg Bell, a long-time tech and education entrepreneur and investor. Through its ecosystem which includes a private university, research capacities, businesses, consulting services, and smart capital, Constructor Group aims to provide innovative education that covers the entire learning lifecycle and technology breakthroughs in five fundamental technology trends: machine intelligence, quantum technology, intelligent materials, hybrid reality, life engineering. 

Constructor Group consists of: 

Constructor  Knowledge
A provider of education services with education tools, worldwide traditional and online educational services for people of any age through its various affiliates. Constructor Knowledge also provides advisory and strategic services to education customers, including student recruitment, communications, and marketing support.
Constructor Technology
Software company delivering advanced tech solutions, platforms, and infrastructures for research and education. 
Constructor  Capital
Extending early-stage funding for science, technology, and digital transformation projects, to ensure that promising ideas and ventures receive the necessary support to thrive and make a meaningful impact.


The Constructor ecosystem thrives thanks to a unique network of academic partners, business leaders, world-class researchers, and Nobel Prize laureates. This diverse and influential network further enriches Constructor Group's initiatives and achievements.