The daily work in modern companies requires managers with a multiplicity of skills. In addition to their expertise in business administration and their leadership skills, they also bring knowledge from other branches of science to the table, depending on the department. Satisfaction of these multifaceted requirements is the objective of a course in the business sciences at the University of Zurich (UZH). We call it: Managing Diversity. Studying at the Department of Business Administration (IBW) offers students the benefits of one of the largest full universities in Switzerland, which, according to the Shanghai ranking list is also one of the sixty best colleges or universities in the world.
The reason for the strength of the University of Zurich (UZH) is its institutes and their collaboration. In order to make this potential accessible to students of business administration in a very individual way, they have the opportunity to incorporate lectures in the Faculty of Business Sciences and neighbouring faculties as well as in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) into their course of study. We also place great value on collaboration with partner universities at home and abroad and on cooperation with internationally recognized researchers and experts on management practices.
The course in business administration focuses on the broad-based curriculum. This trains the students in accounting and auditing (BWL 1), banking and corporate finance (BWL 2), organization and human resources (BWL 3), marketing (BWL 4), business policy and governance (BWL 5) as well as management science (BWL 6). This core area can be supplemented by associated disciplines depending on the individual interest. This area comprises related fields like economics, information technology or law but also unrelated subjects like psychology, theology or medicine. Above all, students in the Master’s programme can devise a wide-ranging study packet for themselves on the one hand, that will tend to qualify them for a “general management position" and thus for a multiplicity of the most diverse career paths. On the other hand, the multifaceted range of options can be used to put a focused course together and thus to earn a subject-specific Master’s degree that purposefully prepares you for one function.
In fact, just as managers with a multiplicity of skills are required, managing diversity at the University of Zurich (UZH) also goes beyond technical expertise. We want our students, as future managers, to broaden their cultural horizon and thus enhance their soft skills extensively. For this reason, we offer an increasing range of international university exchanges. Our contact with experts in the field enable students to apply the knowledge that they have acquired and thus, to experience business administration in real life.
Thus, managing diversity at the University of Zurich (UZH) means incorporating the comprehensive, professional and cultural offering into the teaching and research concept. In addition, we provide students with the possibility of obtaining initial and advanced training in accordance with their objectives and ideas and of making their way successfully.
Prof. Dr. Dieter Pfaff