HEC Lausanne

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HEC Lausanne
École des hautes études commerciales
Logo HEC Lausanne.png
Type Public
Established 1911
Dean Jean-Philippe Bonardi
Academic staff
300 researchers [1]
Students 3'000 [1]
Location Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
46°31′20″N 6°35′03″E / 46.522256831837°N 6.5841794013977°E / 46.522256831837; 6.5841794013977
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. This period was strongly influenced by Léon Walras (1834–1910), the founder of the Lausanne School and creator of the general equilibrium theory. 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.[5] Léon Morf, professor of management tools, public accounting, and financial mathematics was its first dean, followed by Georges Paillard.[2]

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.[6]


HEC Lausanne is located on the University of Lausanne campus, on the western side of the Lausanne metropolitan area, with direct metro rail access to the center of the city.[7] It overlooks Lake Geneva, 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 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
Extranef, main building of the Executive Education

Executive MBA[edit]

Since 1979, HEC Lausanne offers an MBA programme designed for managers et professionals who want to evolve or acquire new competences and responsibilities in their career.

The part-time Executive MBA programme lasts 16 months and participants can choose between two focus areas:

  • Management & Corporate Finance[10]
  • Healthcare Management[11]

Executive Education - Continuing Education[edit]

HEC Lausanne also offers various programs of Executive Education:

  • Executive Masters (MAS):[12]
    • European Sport Governance (MESGO) - in collaboration with 5 academic institutions and universities and 6 leading sports institutions,
    • International Taxation - in collaboration with the Faculty of Law, Criminal Sciences & Public Administration,
    • Healthcare Management;
  • Certificates (CAS) / Diplomas (DAS):[13]
    • Strategic Marketing and Communication (CAS/DAS),
    • Finance and Accounting (CAS),
    • Strategic Risk in Banking (CAS),
    • Sport Management (CAS),
    • Healthcare Management (CAS);
  • Short Programs[14] - Short and open programs, which last from 1 to 8 days in the following fields:
    • Marketing and Communication,
    • Finance and Accounting,
    • Strategic and Financial Risk,
    • Strategic leadership;
  • Customized Programs[15] - Executive Education platform offers to businesses, organisations, associations and other groups to develop tailor-made training programs specifically designed according to their needs and requirements.
  • Affiliated Programs:
    • Sport Administration and Technology (MAS) - in collaboration with the AISTS,
    • Doing Business in Asia (CAS) - in collaboration with the EPFL,
    • Cultural Management (DAS) - in collaboration with the FCUE.

PhD programmes[edit]

HEC Lausanne offers the following doctoral programs (PhD):[16]

  • 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 Alumni;
  • world-renowned professors;
  • Bachelor and Master quality training which has an excellent reputation;
  • Master's degree in Actuarial Science is unique in Switzerland;

Accreditation and rankings[edit]

The Faculty received the AMBA and EQUIS accreditations for the overall quality of its programs, research, and teaching.[17]

HEC Lausanne is highly rated in several rankings. In 2016, the Master's degree in Finance is ranked 21st in the global rankings of the Financial Times.

In 2016, the Master's degree in Accounting, Control and Finance was ranked in 1st place for the fourth consecutive year in the Eduniversal ranking.


HEC Lausanne conducts research activities with a very high level of scientific rigor and with industrially relevant contributions.[18] The Faculty stands out for the importance it attaches to the quality of its research for more than a century. Aimed to train the leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow, as well as to provide sound advice to organizations and policy makers, research is central to all activities of the Faculty. Studies conducted in the Faculty aim to understand the fundamental mechanisms and dynamics governing the economic and business world - be they of strategic, operational, financial, legal, behavioral or ethical nature - and to explore individuals’ behaviors and decision-making in this context.

The research units are:

  • Department of Finance (IBF)
  • Department of Information Systems (ISI)
  • Institute of Applied Macroeconomics (Créa)
  • 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:[19]

  • Comité des Etudiants HEC
  • Finance Club
  • HEC Espace Entreprise
  • HEConomist
  • Innovation Time
  • Junior Entreprise HEC
  • SDE Semaine de l'entrepreneuriat
  • START Lausanne
  • oikos Lausanne
  • Wine Society
  • PhDnet

Notable alumni[edit]

HEC Lausanne counts among its 10'000 alumni renowned personalities:


  • 2015-2018 : Jean-Philippe Bonardi
  • 2012-2015 : 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 2016)
  2. ^ Péju, Tahyri (2010). "Avant l'an zéro, d'académie en Université". site web du centenaire de HEC Lausanne. 
  3. ^ "Université de Lausanne". Dictionnaire historique de la Suisse. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "General Presentation". HEC Lausanne website. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "François Schaller" (PDF). Swiss National Bank. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  7. ^ UNIL, Welcome to Campus. Retrieved 2016-09-26
  8. ^ "The HEC Lausanne Bachelors". Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "The HEC Lausanne Masters". Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "Executive MBA HEC Lausanne". Retrieved 17 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "The Executive MBA HEC Lausanne". 17 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "Executive Education - Executive Masters". www.unil.ch/hec-formation-continue. 21 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "Executive Education - Certificates / Diplomas". www.unil.ch/hec-formation-continue. 21 February 2017. 
  14. ^ "Executive Education - Short Programs". www.unil.ch/hec-formation-continue. 21 February 2017. 
  15. ^ "Executive Education - Customized Programs". www.unil.ch/hec-formation-continue. 21 February 2017. 
  16. ^ "Doctorates - HEC Lausanne". Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  17. ^ "Rankings and accreditations". Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "Research at HEC Lausanne". Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  19. ^ "Student associations". Retrieved 16 August 2016. 


  • 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°31′20″N 6°35′03″E / 46.52225683183685°N 6.584179401397705°E / 46.52225683183685; 6.584179401397705