In 1987, Business School Lausanne was founded in Lausanne by Dr. John Hobbs. Teaching in another business school in the area at the time, Dr. Hobbs was not satisfied with the content of the business related subjects taught, judging them not practical and far too theoretical. For this reason, he decided to create his own business school and to realize his dream of providing practical education that can produce the successful business leaders of today and tomorrow. Dr. Hobbs hired highly qualified business practitioners with a passion for teaching to develop a new way of educating managers: pragmatic, interactive teaching in small groups, in a truly international atmosphere. These teaching elements still characterize BSL today.
Here is a brief overview of BSL’s history:
1987: BSL was founded by Dr. John Hobbs.
1994: Appointment of Dr. Trevor Johnson as Dean.
1996: Award of accreditation by ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs) for BBA and MBA programs. Launch of the Executive MBA program.
1997: BSL joins the Lemania Group of Swiss Private Schools (founded in 1908) and Philippe Du Pasquier becomes President and Managing Director.
2001: ACBSP accreditation for the Executive MBA in French at ESM (partner school in Geneva).
2004: ISO 9001 Certification.
2006: Reaffirmation of ACBSP accreditation for BBA, MBA and DBA . Start of a collaboration with Ambition Academy in the Netherlands. Commitment to UN Global Compact ten principles, a first step towards a green BSL.
2007: BSL celebrates 20 years in quality business education. Entry into the Swiss Private School Register.
2009: BSL restructures the MBA programs, begins online collaboration with Harvard, offers seminars for business professionals. BSL’s MBA program is ranked 40 among top European Business Schools.
2010: BSL becomes member of EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development). And a co-founder of WBSCSB (World Business School Council for Sustainable Business). Appointment of Georges Knell as Associate Dean. Launch of MIB and Msc in Finance.
2011: Launch of MSc in Global Marketing. Launch of DAS in Sustainable Business in collaboration with Saint-Gall University. BSL becomes a member of PRME (Principles of Responsible Management Education).
2012: Launch of MSc in Luxury Management and MSc in Management.