Lauder Business School

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Template:Infobox University Lauder Business School is a business school in Vienna, Austria, operating as a Fachhochschule in the Austrian education system. It is currently headed by Rabbi Jacob Biderman who is the most senior Chabad Rabbi in Austria. There are currently 240 students enrolled in the School<ref name="Austrian FH board"/> in two undergraduate and one graduate programs. The language of instruction is English.

History and development

thumb Lauder Business School was established in 2003 under the name of Vienna International College's Department of Economics, with financial help of Ronald Lauder, who also became the School President. Later the plans of VIC were dropped, and since then Lauder Business School operates under its own name.

Due to the ongoing construction activities and renovation of the campus facilities, the first intake was only 17 students, but by the 2008/2009 academic year the number has increased to 240 and 95 new students joined the school.

During the first years of existence, Lauder Business School offered a 8-semester Magister degree in International Marketing and Management, but since 2007 students are accepted to two new programmes: a 6-semester Bachelor and a 4-semester Master's.

Schools founding dean was Dr. Bruno Kohlberg, who stepped down in 2006, leaving his chair to Prof. (FH) Mag. Silvia Kucera, who has been Director of the graduate Study program Export-Oriented Management at the IMC FH Krems University of Applied Management. She left Lauder Business School in 2012.


thumb Lauder Business School has one campus, which includes a main building with classrooms, library and the school synagogue, an administration building, auditoriums and dining building and a student residence. They are all located in the Döbling district of Vienna, between Pyrkergasse and Hofzeile.
These buildings (except one for the auditorium and dining, which was built especially for the school) comprise a former palace of Maria Theresa, given to her by Charles IV and built by Nicolò Pacassi. Later the building was owned by members of the Rothschild family and served as a hospital. It was given to Lauder Business School by the mayor of Vienna Michael Häupl for a symbolic price in 2003.
"The Bank Austria Creditanstalt Auditorium" was built in 2003 and is dedicated to Gerhard Randa, former chairman of BA-CA. The first floor of the building works as the school canteen, and bears an official name of "Bogolyubov Foundation Beit Baruch Dining Hall". It is divided in two parts to accommodate with kashrut requirements. The conversion and extension of the baroque ensemble of Lauder Business School was done by Kuhn Malvezzi, a Berlin-based architecture bureau.

Educational programs

As for 2008/2009 academic year, Lauder Business School awards the following degrees:

  • Magister in International Management and Marketing (not accepting new students)
  • Bachelor in Intercultural Business Administration, 6 Semesters, 180 ECTS
  • Master in Intercultural Management and Leadership, 4 Semester, 120 ECTS

Jewish Learning Program

The Jewish Learning Program is a support program for Jewish students of the Lauder Business School, funded by the Jewish Heritage Fund which provides housing and dining scholarships for eligible students.

Criteria for acceptance to the Jewish Learning Program are:

  • being Jewish according to Halakha
  • social activity in the Jewish community
  • good academic standing
  • financial need

The main requirement of the participants is attendance in the JLP curriculum, which offers introductory classes in Torah, Jewish practices and customs, and Talmud. The focus of the curriculum is the study of Chumash (Pentateuch) with commentaries and midrashim.

The head of Jewish Studies is Dr. Michael Kigel.

Integration of Judaism

Although the School itself is secular, majority of the students are Jewish and are members of the Jewish Learning Program. There is no influence of this on the business studies curriculum, but the school life is adjusted for observant Jews and people interested in Judaism. The dining in the school canteen is kosher and supervised by Chabad, there are no classes on Shabbat nor on all the major Jewish holidays, as well as on Austrian and there is a synagogue on the school grounds. Non-Jewish students can freely participate in the JLP classes, and there is an elective credited course in Jewish ethics available for everyone.

See also

  • Education in Austria
  • List of business schools in Europe

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