"Forschen - und darüber reden"

Dekan Rolf Weder

Für mich war es schon immer ein Privileg, an der Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Basel lehren und forschen zu dürfen und dabei mit internen und externen Persönlichkeiten auf allen Ebenen - dazu gehören auch Studierende - über aktuelle gesellschaftliche Herausforderungen und deren Bewältigung nachzudenken und zu diskutieren. Von der Vielfalt und Qualität der Forschung meiner Kollegen und Kolleginnen bin ich beeindruckt, wünschte mir aber, dass die Beiträge in ihrer ganzen Breite von aussen noch mehr wahrgenommen und damit sowohl in der Praxis wie auch im öffentlichen Diskurs geschätzt werden. Als Dekan werde ich versuchen, meinen Beitrag zu diesem Anliegen zu leisten.

Dekan Prof. Dr. Rolf Weder

Welcome to the Faculty of Business and Economics, welcome to the WWZ (Wirtschaftswissenschaftliches Zentrum)

Faculty building at the main station

Founded in 1460, the University of Basel is the oldest university in Switzerland. The Faculty of Business and Economics was established in 1995 and is the second youngest of the overall seven faculties at the University of Basel. However, the subject of economics has already been taught for almost 150 years in Basel.

Thirst for knowledge as a driving force for innovation
We have a faculty staff of 30 professors and around 100 academic employees who are active in research and teaching. Given its size, the faculty covers a broad scope of scientific subject areas. Our focal areas are “Money and Finance”, “Energy and Environment” (The Competence Center SCCER CREST) and “Economic Policy”. In addition, the faculty has an internationally recognized research output in many other topics.

Research on current topics
The faculty maintains a high level in research and teaching, both from a national and international perspective.
We are convinced that excellent research and its applied relevance for society and policymakers do not contradict each other. Thus, we are active in both fundamental research and its policy implications. Our academic staff publishes in top-ranking journals and participates in international seminars. High-caliber guest professors teach the special courses we offer on Globalization and the Internationalization of the Economy, as well as at the Summer School for Law, Economics and Public Policy, where students have an excellent opportunity to establish international contacts with renowned universities. Our scientific network includes various academic and non-academic collaborations in a range of disciplines and fields (e.g. psychology, medicine, mathematics and computer sciences, BIS, private sector).

Research-based teaching
The Faculty of Business and Economics aims to integrate the fields of Business and Economics, thereby offering students a unique curriculum in Switzerland. Based on the academic experience and in light of future career opportunities for our alumni, we are convinced that this is a winning combination.

As Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics in Basel, I would like to invite you to get in contact with us. Together, let us contribute to the innovativeness of Swiss research.

Prof. Dr. Rolf Weder
Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Basel