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First event for Swiss supporters on the eve of the World Economic Forum

From left to right: Howard Rosen, President, SFOU;Prof Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor; John Rolley, Vice-President, SFOU Guy Spier, Board Member

The first ever event hosted by the newly created Swiss Friends of Oxford University (SFOU) saw Swiss supporters and friends gather on the eve of the 2018 World Economic Forum at a reception in Zurich hosted by Howard Rosen CBE, SFOU President and alumnus of Exeter College.

Welcoming the guests, Howard Rosen explained the significant tax benefits gained by donors giving to Oxford through SFOU. He added: “We’re not a fund-raising organization, nor a social club, but we are all friends, and we intend to have regular annual events.”

The evening’s guest of honour, Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson, thanked Howard Rosen and the SFOU Board for their support and commitment to encouraging more donors based in Switzerland to support the University and colleges.

The Vice-Chancellor spoke about the close links between Switzerland and Oxford, the positive impact of the University on the global economy, and the importance of maintaining Oxford’s world-class contribution to research and education.

The new association helps supporters in Switzerland to make tax-efficient donations to the University and colleges for capital projects, academic posts, scholarships and research programmes. It can accept gifts in kind and legacies, with no Swiss gifts tax due. Membership fees of the association will be used in part to provide financial support for Swiss-resident students through a scholarship fund.

To find out more about Swiss Friends of Oxford University, how to join the association, and future events, please visit the SFOU website: www.oxfordfriends.ch or e-mail: info@oxfordfriends.ch

22nd January 2018

John Rolley appointed Vice-President

At its meeting on Tuesday, 3rd October 2017, the Board of the Association unanimously elected Board member John Rolley as Vice-President of SFOU.
John has a Master’s degree from Oxford University (Lincoln College), was a Visiting Professor of Business Communication at Webster University, Geneva, and studied opera singing at the Conservatoire de Nice. John is Managing Partner at R&R Value Partners, specialists in corporate performance enhancement. He was formerly head of Advisory & Sales Training Delivery in Europe at UBS, regional manager of the Financial Times for a number of major markets, and Chairman of the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Geneva.  

6th October 2017


Swiss Friends opens for business to support Oxford

A new association has been launched in Zurich to help the University of Oxford’s supporters in Switzerland make tax-efficient donations to the University and its colleges.

Swiss Friends of Oxford University (SFOU) allows alumni, friends and organisations to give financial support for key projects, including capital projects, academic posts, scholarships and research programmes. It can also accept gifts in kind. The association will also provide financial support for Swiss resident students through a scholarship fund, and will organise events for its members.

At yesterday’s special Board meeting, Howard Rosen CBE, SFOU President and alumnus of Exeter College, said: “After close to two years of preparation, Swiss Friends is at last ready to get to work. Not only are donations from Swiss residents now tax deductible, legacies and gifts in kind are also exempt from any applicable cantonal tax. We’re confident this will increase support for Oxford and look forward to welcoming lots of members.” Liesl Elder, Chief Development Officer at the University, said: “This represents the beginning of a new and exciting relationship between the University and Swiss Friends. We are enormously grateful to Howard and his colleagues for all of their hard work and dedication. The new association will assist us greatly to attract more donors based in Switzerland and support the University of Oxford’s vital research and teaching activities.”

To find out more about the Swiss Friends of Oxford University please e-mail: info@oxfordfriends.ch.

Board members from L-R: Guy Spier, Liesl Elder, Howard Rosen, John Rolley

4th October 2017


SFOU ready to go

After close to two years of preparation, the statutes have been drafted, the Association established, tax rulings have been negotiated, the branding has been created, the bank account has been set up, and the board elected.

SFOU is at last ready to get to work.

Its role is to make it easier and more tax efficient for alumni and supporters living in Switzerland to help Oxford University and its colleges and departments remain the best educational institution in the world.

Our official launch will be at the beginning of October, but the Association is already accepting members and processing donations.

11th September 2017