The academic tradition of economics and management science in Leipzig dates back to the 18th century. Lectures on issues in economics were being held in Leipzig as early as 1740. In 1764, the first chair for "Oeconomic und Cameralwissenschaften" (Economics and Cameralism) was established – a milestone in the development of Leipzig’s role in the field.

New Foundation in 1993

Starting in the 1920s, the University's freedom and independence became drastically restricted, particularly during the period of National Socialism in Germany and in the GDR.

Radical political and social changes took place in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including extensive changes in higher education. Among these was the foundation of the Faculty of Economics and Management Science at the University of Leipzig in 1993.

Over the last few years, we have taken a closer look at our recent past: Four students from our Faculty have examined facets of our history in their diploma theses, dealing with the periods of mercantilism (until 1870), the younger historical school and neoclassicism (1870 – 1933), economics and management science during National Socialism (1933 – 1945) and economics and management science after World War II and in the GDR (1945 – 1989).

Today, the Faculty of Economics and Management Science at the University of Leipzig comprises more than 30 chairs, organized in the fields of Management Science; Economics; Business Information Systems; Business Education and Management Training; and Planning, Engineering and Management.

Since 2009 – Leipzig University's 600th anniversary – the Faculty of Economics and Manage­ment Science has been part of the Campus at Augustusplatz, and has thus found its place at the center of Leipzig.

Interdisciplinary Studies and Research

We consider economics and management science integral sciences. This perspective is reflected in our various programs and courses, in applied lectures and seminars and in our staff members' diverse scientific and economic backgrounds.

In this context, we seek to emphasize our Master’s and research programs that combine economics, management science and the fields of planning, engineering and management. These include:

  • the German-Russian master program International Energy Economics and Business Administration,
  • International MBA program Small Enterprise Promotion and Training,
  • Master of Science in Urban Management program,
  • International Joint Master Programme in Sustainable Development,
  • and Master of European Economic Integration Central and Eastern Europe program.

In these programs in particular, students develop new research and work methods, exchange perspectives and combine competences.

last update: 28.04.2011