HEC Liège in a few words

To become actors in a changing world.

Today, we are collectively involved in a globalized world that invites interculturality, language skills, and internationality. This world is moving towards digitalization, which is changing our relationship with society, but not only. Business and economic models are being questioned and are evolving towards more social and sustainable governance ethics. Better redistribution of wealth, respect for the environment, the fight against tax evasion: these societal challenges are reflected in all our courses and are part of the evolution of the Faculty. Because we share our students' expectations, which are different from the past. They are looking for the world to change and to act on it. The circular economy, SMEs, cooperatives or even a revival of the public service are shaking up the old model, and many young people are moving towards these alternatives. This requires more versatile knowledge, practices and approaches.

Cross-disciplinarity and curiosity, combined with academic rigor, allow students to refine their openness and their critical view of the world. In addition to a varied course program, our students are made aware of the world of work, notably through meetings or company simulations. We also seek to make them versatile and multicultural. For example, they can obtain a double degree in law and management, business engineering and industrial or computer engineering, or link up with sociology for human resources and governance.

We encourage them to spend part of their studies abroad, either as an intern or during an Erasmus semester. We teach them to take charge with agility and to build a unique skills profile.

The entire HEC Liège community lives at the heart of the HEC Liège campus and its special spirit. In close proximity to each other, we give our students the opportunity to actively participate in the life of the Faculty by organizing and managing various activities: the cafeteria, sports activities, course syllabi, welcoming Erasmus students and many other areas.

In addition to the courses, our students develop skills that will help them become committed actors in tomorrow's world.

Welcome to HEC Liège!


Wilfried Niessen, Director General & Dean

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Our mission, our vision, our values

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HEC Liège in the past

The inauguration of the enlarged campus in May 2022 marks an important milestone in the history of HEC Liège - School of Management of the University of Liège, since the first appearance of management sciences at the University of Liège in 1896, the creation of HEC Liège by companies in 1898, the establishment of the School on the current site in 1993 and the merger between the School of Business Administration of the University of Liège (EAA) and HEC in 2005.

The history of HEC Liège, the Faculty of Economics and Management of the University of Liège, goes back to the 19th century. As soon as the University of Liege was founded in 1817, a Chair of Political Economy was created within the Faculty of Law. In 1893, the Superior Council of Industry and Commerce, seized by the Belgian government of the question of the reorganization of the consular corps, decided to create a degree of licentiate in commercial sciences. The objective was to develop, according to rigorously scientific principles, all the fields related to commercial relations, at a time when the world was experiencing upheavals on a global scale: major inventions, intensification of means of transport, economic and social evolution, improvement of machines, etc. Thus, in 1896, management sciences appeared at the heart of ULiège, under the name of commercial sciences, then housed within the Faculty of Law.

At the same time, two years later, in 1898, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales et Consulaires (HEC ) was created, on the initiative of the Union des Charbonnages, Mines et Usines Métallurgiques de la Province de Liège and under the patronage of the Fédération des Associations Commerciales et Industrielles Liégeoises. It is a private initiative whose teaching must benefit from the business experience of the people who manage it, with a particular characteristic: to bring a practical collaboration to the industrial and commercial development of the country.

Over the years, the organization and the range of programs and degrees were enriched, both at the University (creation of a doctorate in commercial sciences in 1906, a doctorate in economic sciences in 1949, creation of the School of Business Administration - EAA - in 1965, etc.) and at HEC (accreditation as a Higher Institute of Commerce in 1934, accreditation to award the degree of Commercial Engineer in 1967, etc.).

In January 2005, HEC Liège merged with the Departments of Economics and Management (School of Business Administration) of the University of Liège, and became HEC Liège-Ecole de Gestion of the University of Liège

In 2016 and 2018, the School obtained the European and American international accreditations, EQUIS and AACSB, rewarding the excellence of its teaching and research, its international openness and its internal and external cohesion work. HEC Liège becomes the first complete Belgian business school (from bachelor to doctorate, including executive education) to be doubly accredited EQUIS - AACSB and thus joins the restricted circle of 1% of reference business schools worldwide

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