HEC Lausanne

HEC Lausanne
École des hautes études commerciales
Type Public
Established 1911
Dean Jean-Philippe Bonardi
Academic staff
300 researchers [1]
Students 3'000 [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. 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.

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

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]

Graduate school

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]

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

Extranef, main building of the Executive Education

Executive MBA

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 15 months and participants can choose between two focus areas:

Executive Education - Continuing Education

HEC Lausanne also offers various programs of executive education:

PhD programmes

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


Accreditation and rankings

The Faculty 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 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.[14]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:

Student organizations

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]

Notable alumni

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



  1. 1 2 Fact and Figures (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. "Doctorates - HEC Lausanne". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  13. "Rankings and accreditations". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  14. "Research at HEC Lausanne". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  15. "Student associations". Retrieved 16 August 2016.


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Coordinates: 46°31′20″N 6°35′03″E / 46.52225683183685°N 6.584179401397705°E / 46.52225683183685; 6.584179401397705

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