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30 years of History

Building seen from the outside of the HEG-FR and MENSA

History of the school

Today, the School of Management Fribourg is a business school with a solid reputation and well established in the Fribourg landscape. For over 30 years, the HEG-FR has been offering students a dynamic and innovative learning environment, enabling them to acquire all the knowledge they need for their future. From its beginnings as an commercial school to the visits of celebrities in its later years, the School of Management has always been able to reinvent itself and remain one of the best universities in Switzerland. Its creation in 1991 made it the last ESCEA (Ecole Supérieure de Cadres pour l'Economie et l'Administration) in French-speaking Switzerland behind St-Maurice in 1988, Geneva 1985, Neuchâtel 1982 and Lausanne 1980. Discover below the history of our institution.


Creation of the « Ecole supérieure de cadre pour l'économie et l'administration (ESCEA) » under the supervision of Dean Francis Kaeser. The school had a working class of 11 French-speaking students. It taught the basics of economics, including accounting management, management techniques and business management. The premises were very rustic and the finding staff, both administrative and teaching, was relatively complicated. © Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire Fribourg. Fonds Mülhauser


Part-time hiring of director Lucien Wuillemin. With Ernest Schär (VD), Martin Kasser (GE), Hervé Rey (VS) and François Burgat (NE), he will be the fifth director of the “ESCEA romande”. They will meet regularly at conferences in French-speaking Switzerland and will, among other things, lay the foundations for what will later become the HES-SO. It is also on this date that the HEG will open its first full-time classes and begin admitting German-speaking students. This is the launch of bilingualism in Fribourg! ©


Analysis of the school's activities by a committee of experts from the Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (OPET). This leads to the unreserved recognition of diplomas. In 1996, the first ESCEA graduation ceremony for 10 students took place. Finally, the UAS Act was passed, reforming the tertiary level of education by assigning new tasks to the schools in the areas of applied research and development, as well as continuing education. © Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire Fribourg. Fonds Hilber, Leo et Micheline [BCU]


Creation of the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (HES-SO) of which the HEG Fribourg becomes a member. It is also on this date that SECO, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, sets up the first forum dedicated to small and medium-sized enterprises. It was created in collaboration with the Swiss Economic Forum, also founded in 1998. The forum's mission is, among other things, to provide assistance to SMEs by analyzing the needs of companies. © / HEG Genève / SECO


The Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology (OPET) carried out an analysis of all the services provided by HES in the form of PEER-REVIEW. These reviews were carried out by studying self-evaluation reports, interviews with school administrators, professors and students, as well as visits to the facilities. The HEG Fribourg was distinguished by an excellent result and received official recognition from the Swiss Confederation. As a result of this examination, the University of Applied Sciences of Fribourg (HEF-TG), which combines the University of Applied Sciences of Business Administration (HEG) and the School of Engineering and Architecture, is founded on the same date. ©


In 2005, the first introduction of the Bologna system took place, which will standardize the European study process and allow the implementation of degrees according to their degree of difficulty. It is at this date that the Bachelor's degree will be introduced. Currently, 48 countries are leading the process and collaborating with international institutions to enable an international study facility.


The Federal Council accepts the project for a Master in Business Administration HES-SO, in particular the specialization in entrepreneurship, submitted by the HEG Fribourg. At the same time, eight Master's programs will be approved and launched. The first courses will start at the HEG Fribourg with 26 students.


The continuing education offers for the staff and executives of the State of Fribourg is set up. At present, there are numerous training courses in various fields such as introductory training, training related to personal skills or training related to methodological skills. 2009 is also the year of the 10th anniversary of the EMBA. Catalogue des formations continues à l'Etat de Fribourg © Tous droits réservés


The 20th anniversary of the University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration is celebrated in the company of numerous personalities from the canton of Fribourg. It is also on this date that Lucien Willemin, director of the school since 1994, retires and hands over his position to Olaf Meyer, formerly deputy director for the HEG-FR. ©La Liberté


From June 11 to 22, 2012, ten students from Brazil, France and Senegal participated in the first edition of the Summer School. These 10 international students immersed themselves in Swiss culture for 12 days and forged unique bonds through entrepreneurial workshops, company visits and academic courses. ©Greubel&Forsey


The current Managing Director, Rico Baldegger, takes over the reins from Olaf Meyer. The school underwent a radical change and was reorganized into a dicastery in order to distribute the management responsibilities. In the same year, the first trilingual diplomas were awarded to the valiant students.


The University of Applied Sciences Fribourg is awarded the bilingualism label by the Bilingualism Forum of Biel/Bienne. This label measures the quality of bilingualism through external services and communications, the composition and language skills of the staff, internal communication and the linguistic culture of the school. This year also saw the creation of the Fribourg branch of the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland, HES-SO//FR.


On September 24, 2015, the Innovation Lab was inaugurated in the basement of the HEG-FR. After an official part with speeches by the director of the HEG-FR, Rico Baldegger, and the State Councillor, Beat Vonlanthen, it was an opportunity to meet young entrepreneurs and discover their career paths.


For the start of the 2016 school year, the HEG-FR innovates and launches its "Kick Off Week". For nearly four days, the new Bachelor students in Business Economics were engaged in a variety of fun and stimulating activities, designed to get each of them to get to know each other, to open up to others and finally to tame their future years at the HEG-FR.


Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, visits Fribourg for a number of events, including the NZZ X-days Suisse romande, an event organized jointly with the SEF. At an exclusive "Meet the HEG-FR" event, Internet pioneer Jimmy Wales provides students with valuable information about his entrepreneurial experience.


On May 21, 2022, the HEG celebrated its 30th anniversaryunfortunately postponed by one year due to the pandemic. Interspersed with conferences, workshops and discovery sessions, the day took place on the plateau de Pérolles where deckchairs and cold drinks guaranteed a gentle afternoon. The event was crowned by a conference animated by the Fribourg State Councillor Johanna Gapany, Olivier L. de Weck and the school director Baldegger Rico.