About HHL



  • 1898 (re-established in 1992)


  • Private, state-approved institution with university status, able to grant doctoral and habilitation degrees




  • > 750 (9/2023)
  • 35 % international students (09/2023)

Study Locations

  • Leipzig
  • Cologne
  • Munich

Partner Universities

  • More than 140 top universities around the globe


  • Full-time Master in Management
  • Part-time Master in Management
  • Full-time Master in Entrepreneurship
  • Full-time Master in Management | Finance
  • Part-time Master in Management | Finance
  • Full-time MBA Program
  • Full-time MBA Program | Finance
  • Part-time MBA Program
  • Doctoral Program
  • Executive Education


  • 3,700+ graduates (10/2023)
  • 13 chapters, e.g. in Amsterdam, Bangkok, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Japan, Leipzig, London, Munich, Stuttgart, Zurich,- more in founding
  • 50+ annual events per year

Startups founded by HHL Alumni

  • 530
  • 30,000+ jobs created

Who we are today

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management’s history and tradition is a story of pioneering success that goes back to the 19th century. Leipzig’s entrepreneurs realized the need of educating business people to prepare them for the upcoming changes and challenges in a world becoming more globalized with its international trade. The foundation of Handelshochschule Leipzig in 1898 marks the birthplace of management education and is the first business administration faculty in German-speaking countries. Since those early days, the “honorable merchant” is recognized in the school’s emblem. Eugen Schmalenbach is one of the Handelshochschule first and most prominent alumni, also well-known as the founder of today’s business administration as an academic field in science and research.Throughout the 20th century Handelshochschule Leipzig again faced a time of continuous changes. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Handelshochschule Leipzig was finally re-founded in 1992 to train a new generation of business leaders – a generation who will be actively engaged to form transformation in the reunited country.

Today, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management is a prestigious university with doctoral and habilitation rights and was the first private German Business School with AACSB accreditation. In addition, with more than 500 startups founded by HHL Alumni, our business school is the top address for entrepreneurship in Germany. Our HHL family consists of a wide variety of members from different countries, speaking multiple languages, bringing enriching backgrounds, renowned expertise, various responsibilities and diverse focuses.

Our Mission & Vision

“We educate entrepreneurial, responsible and effective business leaders through outstanding teaching, research and practice. We are driven by excellence in teaching and research to benefit our students, stakeholders and society. Our academic quality is underscored by our global outlook and a lifelong premier service and support network.”

To achieve our mission, we build on entrepreneurship and leadership, two pillars grown with HHL’s history of leading change and transformation. While entrepreneurship enables transformation, leadership is relevant to lead transformation.

Where we are today

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management looks back to a long tradition, deeply rooted in the region of Saxony while at the same time enjoying a highly international reputation. HHL is known for its mixture of innovative, international and individual approaches by students, staff, faculty and alumni.


nationalities on campus

alumni in 13 chapters

startups created by HHL alumni

jobs created by HHL alumni

partner universities


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HHL’s Executive Management

Successfully shaping transformation through entrepreneurship.

Prof. Dr. Tobias Dauth
Dean | Chief Financial Officer

Dean | Chief Financial Officer

Prof. Dr. Tobias Dauth

Since March 1, 2023, Prof. Dr. Tobias Dauth has been interim Dean and CEO of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. Since January 1, 2022 he is also the Chancellor of HHL. His duties and responsibilities as Dean are defined in the Higher Education Autonomy Act (Gesetz über die Freiheit der Hochschulen im Freistaat Sachsen) and the statutes of HHL. As Dean, Prof. Dr. Dauth is responsible for the overall management of the Business School. It is his task to shape the vision, mission and strategy of the university. He oversees and directs the operations of the Business School, including its academic profile, student affairs, international relations, library, event management, government and stakeholder communications. His responsibilities as the Chancellor and CFO include all business affairs of the university, the supervision of HHL’s alumni activities, and the management of government relations and engagement with the broader community. In addition, he is responsible for the development of HHL’s annual budget and long-term financial plans, corporate partnerships, brand marketing & program consulting, administrative development, human resources, career development/employer relations, campus planning, real estate, and campus security audits. Prof. Dr. Dauth is an ex-officio member of the Professorial Appointments Committee and Chair of the HHL Senate. He reports semi-annually to the HHL Supervisory Board.


Ute Goldacker-Roulet
Management Assistant
Tina Weidema-Guglielmi
Management Assistant

Organizational and Academic Structure

HHL is a non-profit limited liability company (“gemeinnützige GmbH”).

Its shares are held by the following organizations:

  • Leipzig Chamber of Industry and Commerce
  • Friends of HHL
  • Development Bank of Saxony (SAB)
  • HHL Foundation

HHL’s executive bodies are:

  • Supervisory Board
  • Executive Management
  • Board of Trustees


The academic structure of HHL departmentalizes into:

  • the Academic Director
  • the International Advisory Board
  • and chairs and centers.

Academic Director Research is Jun.-Prof. Dr. Dominik Kanbach. He is supported by Vice Dean Prof. Dr. Henning Zülch.