The ODEC, headquartered in Winterthur, is the Swiss Association, which represents the Graduates of graduates of Colleges of Higer Education of all specialisations. ODEC was founded in 1981 as a Swiss Association of Technicians TS (SVTS) and opened in 2005 with the creation of the CHE education level for all specialisations.
The main objective of the ODEC is the positioning and representation of interests of the graduate students in politics, business and society at national and international level. Important further concerns are the further development of the HF education program and the expansion of further training opportunities.
The association is financed by more than 85 per cent through membership fees, which means that it acts independently from the federal government, the cantons and the economy, which ensures a consistent interest in its members.