The Valais campus of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Western Switzerland (Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse occidentale – HES-SO) is positioned midway between research, teaching and innovation. As the organisation which symbolises the canton, it offers nine courses of study and consists of four colleges: the College of Engineering, the College of Management and Tourism, the College of Social Work and the College of Health. It awards Bachelor of Science degrees, as well as offering a Master of Science in numerous fields. It also organises continuing education and post-doctoral courses. With its six research institutes, HES-SO Valais is currently engaged in more than 950 research projects. It attracts 2,000 students every year and has 500 employees.