University of Liechtenstein

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University of Liechtenstein
Motto Study with prospect
Type University
Established 1961
President Jürgen Brücker
Academic staff
Students 800
Location Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Website [1]
University of Liechtenstein

The University of Liechtenstein (German: Universität Liechtenstein) is the largest of four centers for higher education in the Principality of Liechtenstein. It focuses on two fields of study – architecture and business economics. The University of Liechtenstein is located in Vaduz, the capital of the principality. The students and faculty come from 40 countries, and the university has partnerships with 80 other institutions.


The university was founded in 1961 mainly for the teaching of mechanical and civil engineers which later evolved into the Liechtenstein School of Engineering.

In 1992 the establishment was formally recognized as the Liechtenstein University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule Liechtenstein) and became the Hochschule Liechtenstein in 2005. In 2008 the institution derived the status as a university and received the right to offer doctoral programs in addition to Bachelor's and Master's programs according to the Bologna process. This included further extensions of the university and research programs with other universities. In November 2010 the Liechtenstein Parliament adopted the law on the University of Liechtenstein that has been ratified on 1 February 2011.

Jürgen Brücker succeeded Klaus Näscher, who co-founded the university, as president since October 2016. Brücker was formerly a member of the President's Board and Management Board of the University of the University of St. Gallen. As Dean of External Relations and Development at the University of St. Gallen, his responsibilities included managing regional and international networks as well as university development. [1]


  • Architecture and Planning
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Services
  • Information Systems
  • KMU Zentrum
  • Liechtenstein Economic Research Center (KOFL)

Degree programs[edit]

The study programs at the University of Liechtenstein are structured according to the bachelor’s-master’s-doctorate system recognized worldwide in accordance with the Bologna Process.


The bachelor's degree program leads to a first professional qualification at an institution of higher education. The bachelor programs consist of at least six semesters (180 ECTS). The following academic degrees/titles are awarded:

  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture – BSc Arch
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – BSc


The master's degree program provides specialization in the subject. The master programs last for a minimum of four semesters (120 ECTS). The following academic degrees/titles are awarded:

  • Master of Science in Architecture – MSc Arch
  • Master of Science in Entrepreneurship – MSc
  • Master of Science in Finance – MSc (previously: MSc Banking and Financial Management)
  • Master of Science in Information Systems – MSc (previously: MSc Business Process Management)

The Master program in Entrepreneurship was ranked 2nd in an international ranking (CH/AT/FL) in 2009. The Architecture program received 1st place in 2008 in an international ranking (CH/AT/FL/DE) from the magazine DETAIL.

Students of the MSc Information systems program won the 2015 and 2016 SAP DemoJam competition in Barcelona, which is the world’s biggest conference for SAP developers and designers.[2] Starring in DemoJam 2015 was Kevin Flesher, Kevin Bösch, Rapha Credential, Bruno Saboia and Bolaji Smith. The 2016 DemoJam participants were Roberts Zentelis, Carolina Martinez, Gaëtan Magal, Iliyan Iliev, Yanitsa Kircheva. [3][4]

The Master of Finance programme is one of 56 CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) recognized University programmes in Europe so the curriculum of the two are closely linked and students are able to participate in the annual CFA Research challenge.[5] Students are also permitted to apply for a University-sponsored CFA exam scholarship[6] along with the annual LGT (LGT Group) University Scholarship[7] and the Banking Award Liechtenstein sponsored by the Liechtenstein Bankers Association.[8]


The doctorate may be acquired in the third program of studies:

  • Doctor of Philosophy – PhD / DoktorIn der Wirtschaftswissenschaften – Dr. rer. oec.
  • Doctor of Philosophy – PhD / DoktorIn der Wissenschaft – Dr. scient.

The doctorate program lasts for a minimum of three years.

Continuing education[edit]

The offerings include executive master’s and university programs, symposiums and conferences as well as lectures and seminars.

Research and development[edit]

Institutes and research foci of the university are:

  • Architecture and Planning: Sustainable Design, Architectural Design Theory and Sustainable Urban Design and Planning
  • Entrepreneurship: Family Business, Entrepreneurial Growth, Entrepreneurial Finance, Strategy, Knowledge Management, Change Management, International Management, Technology and Innovation
  • Financial Services: Wealth Management (Banking, Finance, Tax, Law)
  • Information Systems: Business Process Management, Enterprise Content Management, Risk Management, E-Learning and Social Networking. The university is associated member in the European Research Center for Information Systems.
  • Liechtenstein Economic Research Center (KOFL): Economy and Growth, Public Finance, Macroeconomics and Financial Markets

Knowledge and technology transfers[edit]

Research documentation is supplied by research database information. All chairs and researchers, their research achievements, publications, research projects and partners are documented. The information also serves the purpose of research evaluation and can be found under R&D documentation on the university website.


The Spinnerei Student Office organizes events for the students. There is a calendar on their homepage where students may enter events (sports, parties, study groups, etc.) that they wish to share with their colleagues.

The ULSV (University of Liechtenstein Student Council) is interested in improving both the academic and social experiences for the students of the university.

START Liechtenstein is a student organization that supports the students in their entrepreneurial ideas. It provides them with connections to the business environment.

The Alumni Club is for the alumni of the university.


The tuition for Bachelor-, Master- and Doctorate studies amounts to 850CHF each semester. Exchange students from the ERASMUS program pay tuition at their home universities and incur no extra tuition fees from the University of Liechtenstein.

Travel information[edit]

The campus, located above Vaduz at the site of the former Spoerry cotton mill, is reached by public and private transportation.

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External links[edit]

Coordinates: 47°08′59″N 9°30′58″E / 47.1498°N 9.5162°E / 47.1498; 9.5162