Portrait

The Faculty of Economics and Business accommodates some 600 students supervised by one hundred teachers, researchers and administrators. The attention that professors and assistants pay to the curriculum of each student as well as the quality of the teaching have been pointed out in several surveys conducted on its students. 

The Faculty offers high-level education thanks to the competence of its professors and to the numerous researches and expertises which are conducted by its five institutes. The research programmes, both national and international, as well as the mandates for federal and local governments, and firms, reinforce the visibility of the Faculty and also foster the variousfrançais teachings.

The Faculty of Economics and Business (Faculté des sciences économiques, FSE henceforth) wants to become a European reference in terms of best training practices in selected business-related fields. This position should be backed up by high-quality research activities, a strong international network, and privileged relationships with the corporate world and public authorities.

As one of the five faculties of the University of Neuchâtel, a Swiss public university, the FSE has the official mandate to provide high-quality educational programs. It does so on the basis of a unique combination of innovative learning and teaching, basic and applied research, and community engagement, in a number of carefully selected domains, which are all relevant to business activities in an international environment.

High-quality education. This is the paramount objective of the FSE. At the undergraduate level, it translates into making sure that all recipients of an FSE bachelor are ideally trained and admissible to consecutive master programs in Switzerland or abroad. At the graduate level, or executive education level, this means that FSE graduates should locate amongst the best-trained professionals in their field when they enter (or re-enter) the job market.

Innovative teaching and learning. Study plans and teaching methods are systematically revised in order to update content, improve knowledge acquisition, stimulate independent thinking and match the needs of future employers. All management issues are treated on the basis of a clinical approach, involving interactive teaching and cooperation with companies, strengthening the employability of our graduates.

Basic and applied research. Research activities sustain the updating of educational programs and are the essential training tool for doctoral and post-doctoral students. Results achieve the highest standards and their diffusion promotes the international scientific visibility of the FSE. All research projects undertaken at the FSE are linked with concrete socio-economic issues faced by the business community.

Business relevance. Educational programs and research projects undertaken at the FSE are not selected at random but for being relevant for business practice today and in the future. This confers internal coherence and a strong contribution to the local, national and international communities.

International orientation. The FSE has the commitment to prepare its students to an ever more interdependent world. This implies the development of English-speaking programs, international research and networking activities, student mobility, as well as a teaching faculty that is well diversified in terms of linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Intellectual integrity. We believe in the virtues of scientific rigor, not only to perform high-quality research, but also as a key problem-solving approach to address day-to-day educational and administrative issues within the faculty. Transparency and honesty in behavior and communication are expected from all students and faculty members alike.

Openness. Innovation and creativity in teaching, research and business practices require frank and open minds, ready to exchange ideas, competences and experiences with enthusiasm and without prejudices.

Relevance. Only the most important business-related issues deserve to be addressed by teaching and/or research. This is achieved through intense collaboration, both within and outside the FSE, with a constant awareness of what the most critical issues are for corporations or public authorities. It also implies a quality-oriented, performance-friendly attitude, and a readiness to criticize and improve our results and processes.

Responsibility. People should always be allowed a fair and tolerant treatment. In return, they are expected to collaborate, contribute to the common objectives of the FSE, and behave with a high sense of responsibility towards current and future generations.