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BSL was founded in 1987 by John Hobbs, a university professor who felt business education was missing valuable practical learning. He built BSL as a small international business school in Lausanne
Lausanne
Lausanne is a city in Romandy, the French-speaking part of Switzerland, and is the capital of the canton of Vaud. The seat of the district of Lausanne, the city is situated on the shores of Lake Geneva . It faces the French town of Évian-les-Bains, with the Jura mountains to its north-west...

, Switzerland
Switzerland
Switzerland name of one of the Swiss cantons. ; ; ; or ), in its full name the Swiss Confederation , is a federal republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities. The country is situated in Western Europe,Or Central Europe depending on the definition....

 certified by the ACBSP in 1996 and in 1997 it was integrated into the Lemania Group of Private Schools. Thanks to a partnership with ESM
ESM
-Science and technology:* Earth System Model, a highly advanced form of Global climate model* Election Stock Market* Electron Scanning Microscope* Electronic Support Measures, the military technique of tactical electronic intelligence gathering...

 Ecole de Management et de Communication in Geneva, the Executive MBA program is also available in French.

In line with BSL’s focus on practical and pragmatic learning, the multidisciplinary faculty is formed by experienced business professionals. The faculty consists of 35 members from 15 different nationalities. Today the school
School
A school is an institution designed for the teaching of students under the direction of teachers. Most countries have systems of formal education, which is commonly compulsory. In these systems, students progress through a series of schools...

 is dedicated to offering its students a sound and innovative business education that will prepare them for successful careers in management in a global business environment. Learning is an interactive experience and participants and faculty are professional partners in learning and innovation. For this reason, BSL selects experienced candidates for the MBA (average age of 32) and the EMBA (average age of 37) to enrich the learning exchange. For all programs, BSL selects a broad international group of participants with over 40 nationalities represented to enhance the cultural learning experience. Small class sizes with a balanced cultural mix contribute to the interactive and participative educational environment.

Vision & Values


BSL is a leading innovator in business education. This vision is based on a guiding principle that by creating a powerful and safe learning environment, BSL is dedicated to bringing out the best in our learning partners and ourselves.
The BSL values are founded on 6 foundations: Learning, Professionalism, Partnership
Partnership
A partnership is an arrangement where parties agree to cooperate to advance their mutual interests.Since humans are social beings, partnerships between individuals, businesses, interest-based organizations, schools, governments, and varied combinations thereof, have always been and remain commonplace...

, Courageous leadership, Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship is the act of being an entrepreneur, which can be defined as "one who undertakes innovations, finance and business acumen in an effort to transform innovations into economic goods". This may result in new organizations or may be part of revitalizing mature organizations in response...

 and Responsibility
Responsibility
Responsibility may refer to:* Collective responsibility** Cabinet collective responsibility, a constitutional Convention in Governments using the Westminster System* Corporate responsibility** Corporate social responsibility...

.

Education


BSL offers undergraduate, graduate
Graduate school
A graduate school is a school that awards advanced academic degrees with the general requirement that students must have earned a previous undergraduate degree...

 and doctoral programs. In addition, executive education is provided on a modular and thematic basis to the regional business community. The undergraduate and Master-level programs have two intakes per year in February and September.

BBA Program


The BSL’s Bachelor of Business Administration program is composed of 200 ECTS credits and it is available in three different formats:2 Year Accelerated Program:
The accelerated BBA Program requires a commitment to two academic years each consisting of four unique 10-week terms totaling 40 weeks of in-class presence. This option permits students to join the business world as soon as possible or continue with advanced studies at Masters level.
3 Year Program with an Internship option in Switzerland
This program offers students to do a standard 3 year BBA program at BSL, including 40 modules of 40 hours each, with the possibility of doing an internship at the end of the third year of study.
3 Year Program: Triple Degree Option (September intake only)
This program offers the third year at Dublin Business School where students can specialize in Project Management, Marketing, HR and Business Management. This option leads to a triple degree from BSL (Switzerland), Dublin Business School (Ireland) and Liverpool John Moores University (UK).

Masters in International Business


This program in International Business is for students who wish to join an MBA style program before launching into their professional lives in a global corporation and embrace an international career. With an undergraduate degree requirement to enter the program, this 2 year Master's program incorporates 120 ECTS credits and includes a thesis
Thesis
A dissertation or thesis is a document submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree or professional qualification presenting the author's research and findings...

 with an internship possibility. The BSL MIB also prepares students with the Strategic Management and Leadership Qualification from the Chartered Management Institute
Chartered Management Institute
The Chartered Management Institute is a professional institution for managers, based in the United Kingdom.In addition to supporting its members, the organisation encourages management development, carries out research, produces a wide variety of publications on management interests, and publishes...

 (CMI). The CMI is the leading Management Institute worldwide and provides international qualifications for managers. Upon successful completion of the MIB, students will receive the Strategic Management and Leadership Diploma from the CMI.

Masters in Finance


The MSc in Finance is an innovative academic program that is designed for students who want to embrace a career in investment banking or, more generally in corporate finance, while at the same time preparing them to the Chartered Financial Analyst
Chartered Financial Analyst
The Chartered Financial Analyst Program is a graduate level self-study program offered by the CFA Institute to investment and financial professionals...

 (CFA) certification. The CFA charter is known as the top standard of professional qualification and is a great advantage for students targeting to work in the financial community. A 2 year degree program incorporates 120 ECTS credits and preparation for the level 1 CFA exam. A thesis with an internship possibility is also incorporated into the program.

Executive Masters in Finance


The BSL’s Executive MSc in Finance offers preparation for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 certification. CFA Charter holders are certified financial experts who have completed a rigorous and globally recognized financial training curriculum. The program is designed for professionals who seek to strengthen their knowledge in finance and boost their career opportunities.
The Executive MSc in Finance Degree is obtained within 2.5 years: 23 months of instruction at BSL, followed by a thesis to be completed within 6 months. The program is composed of 90 ECTS credits.

Masters in Global Marketing


Following an undergraduate degree, this program allows students to develop general business knowledge and then focus on the specifics of marketing
Marketing
Marketing is the process used to determine what products or services may be of interest to customers, and the strategy to use in sales, communications and business development. It generates the strategy that underlies sales techniques, business communication, and business developments...

. There is a strong emphasis on technology in marketing with courses on Internet marketing and direct marketing. This program is completed in 1 year including 90 ECTS credits and is designed for students wishing to pursue a career as Brand Managers, Account Directors, Marketing Consultants or Advertising Managers for global companies.

MBA Program


Designed in collaboration with leading CEO’s and HR directors, BSL’s MBA offers a relevant business education. The one year program, offered in a modular format, incorporates the key soft skills required of business leaders as a critical element to the subject knowledge covered in traditional MBA courses. Personal leadership skills are deemed to be as important, if not more so, than specialized technical knowledge. Classes are kept small and culturally balanced to ensure a rewarding, interactive environment. The program includes 60 ECTS credits and its modular presentation allows for part-time study with a flexible completion date taking between 1.5 and 3 years.

MBA in Sustainable Business


The MBA program is also offered with a specialization in sustainability as MBA in Sustainable Business. The sustainability focus of the BSL MBA provides a comprehensive framework to understand the role of business in resolving the challenges our planet faces in the coming decades. Joining the world-class Diploma Program co-created by BSL and the University of St. Gallen (Executive School) in the second part of the MBA provides exposure to leading edge executive training supported by the World Business School Council in Sustainable Business. Graduates are equipped to join a multinational, a consulting firm or a small-sized business and will contribute with relevant general management, specialized sustainability knowledge and excellent soft skills to the future success of any project they get involved in.
The MBA in Sustainable Business is a 1.5 year program. After 6-months in the classic MBA, students join the Diploma Program in Sustainable Business of BSL and the University of St. Gallen with a 6 month internship option.

Executive MBA Program


BSL’s EMBA program brings together executives from throughout Switzerland and neighboring countries who seek to improve their problem-solving capabilities and refine their leadership skills. It targets experienced managers, with an average of 8 years work experience and with an average age of 37, who wish to pursue their studies while remaining active in their professional activities. Classes are enriched with real-life examples and case-studies for a dynamic and enriching learning exchange. The program includes 60 ECTS credits and is completed over 1.5 years with classes on Saturdays and in 3-day workshops.

Executive MBA in Sustainable Business


The Executive MBA program is also offered with a specialization in sustainability as Executive MBA in Sustainable Business. The sustainability focus of the BSL EMBA provides a comprehensive framework to understand the role of business in resolving the challenges our planet faces in the coming decades. Joining the world-class Diploma Program co-created by BSL and the University of St. Gallen (Executive School) in the second part of the EMBA provides exposure to leading edge executive training supported by the World Business School Council in Sustainable Business. Graduates are equipped to join a multinational, a consulting firm or a small-sized business and will contribute with relevant general management, specialized sustainability knowledge and excellent soft skills to the future success of any project they get involved in.
The EMBA in Sustainable Business is a 2 year part-time program. The first year follows the classic foundation EMBA program, the second year joins the Diploma Program in Sustainable Business of BSL and the University of St. Gallen.

Diploma in Sustainable Business


The 1-year executive program leads to a joint degree of a “Diploma in Advanced Studies in Sustainable Business” in cooperation with the University of St. Gallen and collaboration with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). It represents 30 ECTS credits and falls under the category of Diploma of Advanced Studies.
BSL’s Diploma in Sustainable Business is designed around the creation of a strong network and a learning platform. The interactive course program combines classroom experience with in-company encounters, exchange with NGOs, civil society and business leaders. There are three learning dimensions incorporated in the program’s content: global challenges, strategic implications, business impact.
The program provides participants with a broad understanding of global sustainability issues and equips them with practical skills to develop and implement sustainability-oriented solutions in organizations stretching from businesses to NGOs and social ventures.

Doctorate of Business Administration


BSL is a leading school in Europe for applied research at the Doctorate
Doctorate
A doctorate is an academic degree or professional degree that in most countries refers to a class of degrees which qualify the holder to teach in a specific field, A doctorate is an academic degree or professional degree that in most countries refers to a class of degrees which qualify the holder...

 level. The 3 year DBA
Doctor of Business Administration
The degree of Doctor of Business Administration, abbreviated, or and equivalent to , is a research doctorate in business administration. The D.B.A...

 program is designed both for successful business practitioners interested in applying their knowledge and experience to the intellectual exercise of business research and for master degree holders with business experience following their studies. BSL supports doctoral candidates who wish to contribute to business and management in order to embrace its responsibility and become a positive force in solving the burning issues of our times namely; ethics, sustainability, personal and professional development, corporate governance and alternative business models.

Executive Management Training Seminars


BSL provides executive education for working professionals through its fully accredited MBA program. Designed in collaboration with leading CEOs and HR directors, BSL’s MBA modules are given as seminars and provide relevant skills for today’s marketplace. Seminars are given over 3 days – either a 3-day workshop or 3 consecutive Saturdays. They include 10 hours of pre-work and 20 hours of interaction.
BSL’s seminars cover wide range of topics to support working professionals and managers gain leadership skills and advance in their area of business:
Management Seminars
Effective Self-Management; Strategic Thinking for General Managers; Leading Change and Turn-Around Management; Governance of Family Business.
Effective Marketing Seminars
Competitive Positioning; Marketing Essentials; Winning the Customer.
Strategic Communications Seminars
Advanced Communication Skills; Successful Negotiations.
Finance Seminars
Corporate Finance; Creating Sustainable Value; Finance for Entrepreneurs.
Human Resources Seminars
Advanced Teamwork and Cooperation Skills; Developing and Managing Others.
Entrepreneurship Seminars
Innovation and Creativity in Business; Ethics and Sustainability in Business.

Certification, Memberships & Accreditation


BSL is globally recognized for its quality, ranking 48th among the Global Top 200 Business Schools in QS Quacquarelli Symonds
Quacquarelli Symonds
Quacquarelli Symonds is a company specializing in education and study abroad. The company was founded in 1990 by Wharton School MBA graduate Nunzio Quacquarelli...

 2010 Employers Choice ranking and 3rd in Switzerland.Top Business School At www.topmba.com BSL was the first business school in Europe to be accredited by the ACBSP Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs and in 2009 became a member of the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development
European Foundation for Management Development
The European Foundation for Management Development is an international membership organization, based in Brussels, Belgium. Europe's largest network association in the field of management development, it has over 700 member organizations from academia, business, public service and consultancy in...

). Most recently, the Chartered Management Institute
Chartered Management Institute
The Chartered Management Institute is a professional institution for managers, based in the United Kingdom.In addition to supporting its members, the organisation encourages management development, carries out research, produces a wide variety of publications on management interests, and publishes...

 (CMI) has accredited BSL and their programs. BSL was awarded ISO 9001 certification and is also the first business school in Europe to offer students membership to the international honor society, Delta Mu Delta
Delta Mu Delta
Delta Mu Delta is an international honor society that recognizes academic excellence in Baccalaureate, Master's, and Doctorate degree business administration programs at Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs -accredited schools...

. BSL is a founding member of the World Business School Council for Sustainable Business (WBSCSB) as a part of its commitment to the role of business education in facing the challenges of Sustainable Business.

Other affiliations & Memberships:
    • The United Nations Global Compact
    • PRME − Principles for Responsible Management Education
    • CEEMAN − International Management Development Association
    • FSEP − Swiss Federation of Private Schools
    • AVDEP − Association Vaudoise des Ecoles Privés
    • CVCI − Chambre Vaudoise de Commerce
    • FEDE − The European Federation of Schools
    • CFA − Chartered Financial Analyst Institute

Studying in Switzerland


Respected throughout the world for its banking and commercial infrastructure, Switzerland is headquarters for many international companies and the seat of several world organizations. Located in the Greater Lausanne area near the University of Lausanne and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL), this area is becoming an increasingly vibrant study environment for local and international students alike. The school is easily accessible by public transportation and just 30 minutes by road or train from Geneva
Geneva
Geneva In the national languages of Switzerland the city is known as Genf , Ginevra and Genevra is the second-most-populous city in Switzerland and is the most populous city of Romandie, the French-speaking part of Switzerland...

 and its international airport.

The city of Lausanne, with an historic city center, borders the Lake of Geneva with dominating views of the Swiss and French Alps. It is filled with boutiques and has many nightclubs and bars frequented by the large student population in the region.

Research


Management
Management
Management in all business and organizational activities is the act of getting people together to accomplish desired goals and objectives using available resources efficiently and effectively...

, like any other profession, has a role to play and a responsibility beyond business success to our society and towards our planet. BSL’s research is dedicated to resolving the key issues in business and management of the 21st century. As with our degree programs, BSL pursues an pragmatic approach focusing on applied research only. Rather than seeking to add to the body of knowledge, we challenge ourselves to apply knowledge across domains or within a new context. In the late eighties, BSL was among the first business school in Europe to introduce a DBA program, recognizing the importance of applied research in the field of business. More recently, recognizing the need to balance relevance with rigor, BSL has adopted a stronger and more focused research strategy supporting BSL’s overall vision as a leading innovator in business education.

External links

  • Official website (http://www.bsl-lausanne.ch/)
  • Information about BSL - Switzerland (Business School Lausanne - Switzerland)
  • CEMS review, World Business School Council for Sustainable Business (http://www.cems.org/general/index.php)
  • Blog by Dr. Katrin Muff, dean of Business School Lausanne (http://dean-katrinmuff.org/
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development (http://www.wbcsd.org/templates/TemplateWBCSD5/layout.asp?MenuID=1
  • World Business School Council for Sustainable Business (http://www.wbscsb.com/