The University of Applied Science of Southern Switzerland has started a program for a Master of Advanced Studies in Footwear Management and Technology. It is the first such program in Europe to train managers, employees and technicians in the footwear industry as well as those who would like to work in it. It covers the entire life cycle of the shoe, from raw materials to product decommissioning and recycling. Its seven modules – management production, quality, environment, comfort, custom and style – are covered over two years.