Facts & Figures



  • 1898 (re-established in 1992)


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




  • 780 (9/2021)
  • 34 % international students

Study Locations

  • Leipzig
  • Cologne
  • Munich

Partner Universities

  • More than 140 top universities around the globe


  • Full-time M.Sc. in Management
  • Full-time M.Sc. in Management | Finance
  • Part-time M.Sc. in Management
  • Part-time M.Sc. in Management | Finance
  • Full-time MBA Program
  • Part-time MBA Program
  • Doctoral Program
  • Executive Education


  • 2,900+ graduates (9/2020)
  • 9 alumni chapters
  • 40+ regional meetings worldwide per year

Startups founded by HHL Alumni

  • 300+
  • 40,000+ jobs created

Innovative. International. Individual.
We are HHL.

A tight-knit community of
780 students | 50+ nationalities | 2,900+ active alumni

Organizational Structure

HHL is a non-profit limited liability company (“gemeinnützige GmbH”). Its shares are held by the following organizations:

HHL’s executive bodies are:

Academic Structure

The academic structure of HHL departmentalizes into the Academic Director, HHL’s Scientific Advisory Board, the International Advisory Board and chairs and centers. Academic Director of HHL is the Dean Prof. Dr. Stephan Stubner. He is supported by Vice Dean Prof. Dr. Henning Zülch.


HHL is a business school with a long history

The Handelshochschule Leipzig, the first German commercial college, was founded on April 25, 1898.

Moving between locations several times, including locations in Löhrstraße and Schulstraße, the school settled in Leipzig’s Ritterstraße 8/10 in 1910.
The end of the Second World War also meant the end of the Handelshochschule Leipzig.

In February 1946, it then was integrated into the reopened University of Leipzig as Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences. The foundation of a Hochschule für Binnenhandel Leipzig (Graduate School of Domestic Trade) – established in 1953 and closed again in 1963 – was followed by the formation of the state-run Leipzig Graduate School of Management in 1969, which after the fall of the Berlin Wall, had to close down under the Saxon Higher Education Act by the end of September 1992.

Almost at the same time, in October, 1992 the Leipzig Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK Leipzig) and the Society of Friends of HHL (GdF) founded a new and independently operated Graduate School of Management which under the name of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management has become one of the leading business schools in Europe.