Our Heritage

The Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM) is one of nine schools of the University of Geneva, which was founded in 1559 by Jean Calvin. Named the Académie de Genève, the institution was originally conceived as a theological and humanist seminary, the guardian of the Reform doctrine. During the Enlightenment, distinguished scholars found inspiration here and new disciplines were introduced such as physical and natural sciences, law and philosophy. The Academy shed its ecclesiastical vocation during the political and social upheavals of the 19th century and, following the establishment of the Faculty of Medicine in 1873, it became a university.
In 1914, the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences (SES) was founded. Over the years, the Faculty grew to become one of the largest schools of the University of Geneva and included seven departments: Economics, Econometrics, Business Administration (Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) Genève), Geography, Political Sciences & International Relations, and Sociology). In 1999, the new Uni Mail building in the heart of the City of Geneva was completed and opened its doors. It has hosted the Faculty SES and the GSEM ever since.
In 2014, the University of Geneva decided to strengthen its competencies in economics and management by merging the Economic Sciences and Business Administration (HEC) departments of the Faculty SES to create a new autonomous school, which was named Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM). This initiative aimed at strengthening economics and management education and research for the City and Canton of Geneva.
Since then, the GSEM has grown substantially and recruited several new professors that combine cutting-edge research with excellence in teaching to further improve the quality of the GSEM’s study programs. In 2015, the Bachelor in Economics and Management program was reformed to meet the demand for a high-quality bi-lingual undergraduate education. The GSEM also further developed its Master programs, offering both consecutive (pre-experience) and professional (post-experience) graduate programs. In 2017, a new Master Program in Business Analytics was launched, alongside the specialized Master Program in Commodity Trading.


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