HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland - School of Business, Management and Services
HES-SO stands for Haute école spécialisée de Suisse occidentale or University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland. Its schools form a rich, interdisciplinary network and are as efficient at delivering study programs as conducting research and providing services. They are well-established in their respective fields and have formed partnerships with a large number of companies and public and private institutions. The HES-SO collaborates with other universities in Switzerland and abroad. It integrates the international dimension into its study programs and encourages student mobility.
More than 7,000 students are currently enrolled in the various business, management, and service programs offered by the following HES-SO schools:
- Haute Ecole d’Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud – HEIG-VD
- Haute école de gestion de Genève (HEG-Genève)
- Haute école de gestion Fribourg – HEG-FR
- HES-SO Valais-Wallis – Haute Ecole de Gestion – HEG
- HE-Arc Gestion (HEG Arc)
- Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne – EHL
The Business, Management, and Services section offers seven Bachelor’s programs:
- Business Law
- Business Administration
- Hotel and Hospitality Management
- Information and Documentation Science
- Business Information Technology
- International Business Management
It also offers five Master’s programs:
- Business Administration
- Information Science
- Global Hospitality Business
- Wine & Hospitality Management
- Integrated Innovation for Product and Business Development – Innokick
In its Business, Management, and Services section, the HES-SO offers more than 90 courses designed to meet the needs of companies that promote rapid access to management responsibilities. With its continuing education courses, the HES-SO contributes to lifelong learning and the further development of professional practice, while strengthening innovation in various practical fields. In this way, it follows the priorities defined by the Bologna Process.
Like its activities in applied research & development and continuing education, the services provided by the HES-SO to third parties aim to strengthen ties with stakeholders in the economic, industrial, social, cultural, and public health environments. The HES-SO collaborates with national and international research institutes, cantonal and federal authorities, local and foreign companies, and associations and foundations recognized in their respective fields. The services provided range from one-off projects to long-term partnerships on specific research & development ventures or continuing education programs.
The services provided by the HES-SO vary considerably, both in volume and content, from one discipline or school to another. Revenues have been increasing since 2016, enabling the HES-SO to come close to reaching the goal of financial self-sufficiency as required by the Swiss government.
Research & Development
More than 150 business, management, and service projects are currently being conducted in the 20 institutes and centers of the Business, Management, and Services section of the HES-SO. These research projects are characterized by a strong practical relevance and close collaboration with regional stakeholders. Their outcome benefits companies, cultural and public health institutions, the authorities, and civil society.
Research at the HES-SO is also developing at the highest national and international levels, constantly evolving and adapting in accordance with new research practices. , constantly evolving and adapting in accordance with new research practices. It is funded through a growing number of competitive grants offered, among others, by Innosuisse, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and EU institutions.