Switzerland is plentiful in Business Schools, and good ones, that is. We’ve compiled a list of 10 top ones among the 34 existing ones in Switzerland. World rankings, accreditation and certification are objective ways of measuring a business school’s credentials. Thus, we reviewed the quality of education and of the programs when researching them and finding which ones are the best.
1. IMD Business School
IMD is an independent business school with Swiss roots and global reach. They aim to be an expert in developing leaders and transforming organizations to create ongoing impact. IMD offers various business management programs, including one on Leading the Family Business (LFB) is for all members of family-owned business as well as senior non-family executives and board members.
IMD is on the top of this list because it is recognized as one of the best business schools not only in Switzerland but in the world. It’s been ranked in leading positions by Forbes, Financial Times, The Economist and others; it’s been in the TOP 3 for 7 years in a row for executive education worldwide, First in Open Programs (2012-2018), and its MBA was ranked #1 one-year program outside of the U.S.
2. Universität St. Gallen School of Management
HSG is another qualitative university for studying business. It has been ranked fourth in the Financial Times’ latest European Business Schools Ranking for two years now and is the HSG is the highest ranked public university, and the best-rated university in Switzerland and the entire German-speaking region of Europe.
They promote integrative thought, responsible action and an entrepreneurial spirit of innovation in business and society. As a result, their integrative education to high academic standards has earned them the EQUIS and AACSB accreditations by way of international seals of approval. With the success, have come leading positions in rankings, and as such according to the current rankings, the University of St. Gallen is among Europe’s leading business universities.
3. Université de Lausanne – HEC Lausanne
HEC Lausanne, the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne (UNIL) ranks 3rd in our list because the quality of its training and research is internationally recognized in various rankings and scientific journal publications. Furthermore, this Swiss business school is accredited by the prestigious EQUIS and AMBA organizations. EQUIS recognizes HEC Lausanne’s leading position among the world’s business and management institutions, while it also belongs to a select list of 168 schools are accredited by AMBA.
HEC Lausanne stands in a prominent position among the eleven higher education institutions in Switzerland according to The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). In particular, in the field of Business Administration, it ranks number 2 in terms of impact and number 3 in terms of quality. Moreover, in the field of Management, it is a leader in terms of impact (number of scientific publications of the School cited in other research papers) and number 2 in terms of international collaborations.
4. Université de Genève – Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM)
With more than 17’000 students of some 150 different nationalities, University of Geneva is Switzerland’s second largest university. The University enjoys a strong international reputation for the quality of its research since it ranks among the top institutions among the League of European Research Universities.
GSEM is also known for the excellence of its education. The 2019 Business Administration (BWL) research ranking by the ETH Zurich ranks the Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM) of the University of Geneva number 10 of all universities in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland for publications in top tier (A and A+) journals. As for Switzerland, GSEM ranks the 3rd. These high ranking positions reflect the School’s focus on rigorous research that has an impact on organizations and society.
5. ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Department of Management, Technology and Economics
ETH Zürich is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world by all major World University rankings. It is considered the best university outside the English speaking world, as well as within continental Europe, by the Shanghai Ranking ARWU, the Times Higher Education Ranking and the QS World University Ranking.
The Department of Management, Technology and Economics (D-MTEC) is one of the smaller departments within ETH Zurich, but equally qualitative. QS World University Ranking Economics and Econometrics has ranked it number 1 for Switzerland, as has The TIMES Higher Education World University Rankings along with being the 1st one in all of Continental Europe.
6. University of Zurich – Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics
The University of Zurich is another one of the leading research universities in Europe and offers the widest range of study courses in Switzerland. UZH is ranked as the 3rd university in Switzerland and 73rd worldwide according to QS University Ranking 2018.
There is a variety of programs and specializations from students to choose from in UZH, and incidentally, the ones with a good reputation are Economics and Banking and Finance. The Department of Business Administration at the University of Zurich is one of the leading research and teaching facilities in the German-speaking world. Its areas of expertise encompass all aspects of business administration, including accounting, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, operations research, organization and strategy.
7. Geneva Business School
As for Swiss quality education, Geneva Business School is a global leader. They are dedicated to preparing world-changing leaders while combining the US system for accreditation and quality control, the European (Bologna) system for credits (ECTS) and the Swiss grading system. The numerous international accreditations that GBS holds ensures that GBS is in line with the quality-control benchmarks of other high-quality Business schools around the world.
GBS is ranked among the top 100 global business schools according to CEOWORLD magazine, a global business and technology magazine who recently published rankings for executives and entrepreneurs to read, about the top 100 business schools in the world. Moreover, this business school is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).
8. Zurich Institute of Business Education
The Zurich Institute of Business Education calls themselves a different kind of business school. What makes them stand out is the myriad of innovations that students benefit from during and after their training. The Zurich Institute of Business Education is accredited, certified and registered by several globally recognized organizations.
Their CEIBS Global Executive MBA program is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business AACSB and EQUIS, while their Global Executive MBA program is validated by the Swiss Agency for Accreditation and Quality Assurance (AAQ). Finally, this institute is validated by PRME, and certified by EduQua.
9. International University in Geneva (IUG)
IUG also makes this list among the top ten business schools in Switzerland for a number of reasons. The International University in Geneva is an accredited academic institution specialising in business education and offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Business Administration, International Relations, Digital Media, Computer Science and International Trade.
The curriculum features a unique combination of theoretical and practical instruction, with a particular focus on international business practices. On that note, their Master programs on International Business and on Business Administration in Sales & Marketing are one of the best of their field.
10. Business School Lausanne
Finally, there’s Business School Lausanne which ranks highly in many of their programs. Their Master in International and Sustainable Finance and Master in International Business are both number 2 in the QS Business Masters Rankings 2019. On the other hand, their MBA program ranks #4 in the QS Global MBA Rankings 2019.
Business School Lausanne became the first business school in Europe to have its programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) in 1996. This Business School is also granted an ISO 9001 Certification recognized by businesses worldwide as a guarantee of quality. This certification assures that BSL fulfils high-quality standards when meeting the needs of its students.