The Handelshochschule Leipzig, the first German commercial college, was founded on April 25, 1898. In February 1946, it then was integrated into the reopened University of Leipzig as Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences. The foundation of a Hochschule für Binnenhandel Leipzig (Graduate School of Domestic Trade) – established in 1953 and closed again in 1963 – was followed by the formation of the state-run Leipzig Graduate School of Management in 1969, which after the fall of the Berlin Wall, had to close down under the Saxon Higher Education Act by the end of September 1992.
Almost at the same time, in October, 1992 the Leipzig Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK Leipzig) and the Society of Friends of HHL (GdF) founded a new and independently operated Graduate School of Management which under the name of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management has become one of the leading business schools in Europe.
Our HHL family consists of a wide variety of members from different countries, speaking multiple languages, bringing enriching backgrounds, renowned expertise, various responsibilities and diverse focuses. Therefore, HHL is known for its mixture of innovative, international and individual approaches by students, staff, faculty and alumni.
As our students, also the HHL lecturers and business professionals come from all over the world. The members of the HHL faculty exert a decisive influence on the outstanding reputation of our business school. They offer a wide range of expertise and provide state-of-the-art management education on a very high level combined with practical insight into current best practices and upcoming trends in close cooperation with industry. Latest research results are fed back into the teaching.
On our campus, you can meet students from about 60 nations. Our students not only benefit from seven active student initiatives and an excellent career service, but also from the know-how and the network of nearly 2,500 alumni. Thus, our business school thrives on variety, on the breadth of ideas and from the diversity of the people studying here.
HHL is not only Germany’s business school with the longest tradition and the birthplace of modern management education, but also receives excellent ratings for the quality of teaching, based on small classes, high-performance and intensive teamwork. In addition, with more than 250 startups founded by HHL Alumni, our business school is the top address for entrepreneurship in Germany.