HEC Lausanne

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HEC Lausanne
École des Hautes Études Commerciales
Logo HEC Lausanne.png
Established 1911
Type Public
Dean Thomas Von Ungern-Sternberg
Academic staff 75 professors [1]
Students 2'644 [1]
Location Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
Affiliations EQUIS, AMBA
Website www.hec.unil.ch

HEC Lausanne (standing for Faculté des Hautes Études Commerciales), also called the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne, is the affiliated business school of the University of Lausanne. Since 1911,[2] HEC Lausanne has been developing teaching and research in the field of business and economics.[3] HEC Lausanne offers Bachelor, Master, and PhD degrees, as well as executive education, including a part-time Executive MBA, short, open courses, and tailor-made programs for organizations.[4]


In 1537, the Academy of Lausanne was founded as a school of theology. In 1890, the Academy of Lausanne received the status of University, economics was taught within the Faculty of Law that economics is taught. This period was strongly influenced by Léon Walras (1834–1910), the founder of the Lausanne School and creator of the general equilibrium theory.[5] It was also the time of Vilfredo Pareto (1848–1923), famous author of the concept of Pareto efficiency.

On April 15, 1911, the "Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales" (HEC) was founded by Léon Morf and Georges Paillard within the Faculty of Law. The same year, the school welcomed its 12 first students.[6] Léon Morf, professor of management tools, public accounting, and financial mathematics was its first dean, followed by Georges Paillard.[5]

Over the years, professors like Henri Rieben, founder of the first department of European Integration, François Schaller, President of the Bank Council of the Swiss National Bank from 1986 to 1989, perpetuated the reputation of the school.[7]


HEC Lausanne is located at the shores of the majestic Lake Geneva's panorama, a major pool for European industry, banking and research. HEC Lausanne collaborates with the Swiss Finance Institute and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL - Management of Technology program), which are also based on the same campus in Lausanne.


Undergraduate School[edit]

Internef, main building of HEC Lausanne

The three-year cycle has led to the issuance of a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in a chosen specialization.The first two years consist of a common core curriculum in which students learn to master modern management tools and develop their critical thinking. In the third year, students may choose between two specializations:[8]

  • BSc in Management
  • BSc in Economics

Graduate School[edit]

HEC Lausanne Masters of Science (MSc) include two to three semesters and a thesis that can be associated with a three- to six- month internship. All Masters can lead to the acceptance into a PhD program. HEC Lausanne offers the following Masters of Science (MSc) degrees:[9]

  • MSc in Accounting Control and Finance
  • MSc in Actuarial Science
  • MSc in Information Systems
  • MSc in Economics
  • MSc in Finance
  • MSc in Management

HEC Lausanne also offers multidisciplinary Master programs in collaboration with the Faculty of Law and Criminal Justice of the University of Lausanne:

  • Master of Law (MLaw) in Law and Economics
  • Master of Law (MLaw) in Legal Issues, Crime and Security of Information Technologies

Executive MBA[edit]

HEC Lausanne offers different Executive MBA (EMBA) degrees:

  • Executive MBA in Management & Corporate Finance[10]
  • Executive MBA in Healthcare Management[11]
Extranef, main building of the Executive Education

PhD Programmes[edit]

HEC Lausanne offers the following doctoral programs (PhD):[12]

  • PhD in Actuarial Science
  • PhD in Information Systems
  • PhD in Economics
  • PhD in Finance
  • PhD in Management
  • PhD in History of Economic Thought
  • PhD in Public Administration (in collaboration with IDHEAP, the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration)


  • many associations and a long list of events;
  • an alumni network of more than 10,000 members
  • world-renowned professors
  • Bachelor and Master quality training which has an excellent reputation
  • Master degree in Actuarial Science is unique
  • French is the main teaching language.

Accreditation and rankings[edit]

The School received the AMBA and EQUIS accreditations for the overall quality of its programs, research, and teaching.[13]

HEC Lausanne is highly rated in several rankings. In 2013, the HEC Lausanne Master degrees in Finance and Management were ranked 17th and 27th in the global rankings of the Financial Times. In 2013, the HEC Lausanne Master in Accounting, Control and Finance was ranked in 1st place for the second consecutive year in the Eduniversal ranking.

The Handelsblatt, a German economic journal, publishes an annual ranking of the best faculties of economics in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In 2013, HEC Lausanne ranked 8th and third at the Swiss level. HEC Lausanne also ranked first at the Swiss level and 4th at the European level for the quality of its academic publications in the Shanghai ranking.


HEC Lausanne conducts research activities with a very high level of scientific rigor and with industrially relevant contributions.[14] The research units are:

  • Department of Finance (IBF)
  • Department of Information Systems (ISI)
  • Department of Management (DEMA)
  • Institute of Applied Macroeconomics (Créa)
  • Institute of Health Economics and Management (IEMS)
  • Department of Actuarial Science (DSA)
  • Department of Economics (DEEP)
  • Department of Organizational Behavior (OB)
  • Department of Accounting and Control (DAC)
  • Department of Marketing (DMK)
  • Department of Operations (DO)
  • Department of Strategy, Globalization and Society (SGS)
  • Department of Business and Tax Law (D-DAF)

Student organizations[edit]

The student organizations are omnipresent at HEC Lausanne and represent a real support to the community. These organizations offer diverse activities to students, linking them to the business environment and giving them the opportunity to get involved during their studies:[15]

  • Comité des Etudiants HEC
  • Finance Club
  • HEC Espace Entreprise
  • Junior Entreprise HEC
  • oikos Lausanne
  • PhDnet
  • START Lausanne
  • MoT Alumni Association

Notable Alumni[edit]

HEC Lausanne counts among its alumni renowned personalities:

  • Claude Béglé, CEO & Executive Chairman of SymbioSwiss
  • Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of the Board of Hublot
  • Sepp Blatter, President of FIFA
  • Louis C. Camilleri, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Philip Morris International
  • Gaspard Proust, Comedian


  • Since 2012 : Thomas von Ungern-Sternberg
  • 2009-2012 : Daniel Oyon
  • 2006-2009 : Suzanne de Treville
  • 2004-2006 : François Grize
  • 2000-2004 : Alexander Bergmann
  • 1990-2000 : Olivier Blanc
  • 1986-1990 : Francis Léonard
  • 1977-1986 : Charles Iffland
  • 1961-1977 : Robert Grosjean
  • 1936-1961 : Jules Chuard
  • 1928-1936 : Adolphe Blaser
  • 1925-1928 : Georges Paillard
  • 1911-1925 : Léon Morf


  1. ^ a b Fact and Figures [1] (Retrieved 12 August 2014)
  2. ^ "Avant l'an zéro". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Université de Lausanne". Dictionnaire historique de la Suisse. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Présentation générale". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Avant l'an zéro, d'académie en Université". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Faculté de droit, Université de Lausanne (1937). L'école des hautes études commerciales, à l'occasion de son XXVe anniversaire. Son histoire, son présent, son avenir. Direction de l'école. p. 7. 
  7. ^ "Bulletin des gradués d'HEC Lausanne". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "The HEC Lausanne Bachelors". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Our Masters". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Executive MBA HEC Lausanne". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "The Executive MBA HEC Lausanne". 12 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "Doctorates - HEC Lausanne". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Rankings and accreditations". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Faculty and Research". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Student associations". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 


  • L'Ecole des hautes études commerciales: à l'occasion de son XXVe anniversaire: son histoire, son présent, son avenir, Lausanne, Direction de l'école, 1937.
  • Cinquantenaire de l'Ecole des hautes études commerciales, Lausanne, Payot, 1962.
  • 1537-1987: de l'Académie à l'Université de Lausanne, Lausanne, Musée historique de l'Ancien-Evêché, 1987.
  • Dictionnaire des professeurs de l'Université de Lausanne dès 1890, Lausanne, Université de Lausanne, 2000.
  • Nicole Meystre-Schaeren, "Université de Lausanne en français", Dictionnaire historique de la Suisse (en ligne), 2013.

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Coordinates: 46°11′43″N 6°08′24″E / 46.1954°N 6.14°E / 46.1954; 6.14