History, Vision and Mission


Our History

Geneva Business School (GBS) is an international private institution registered in the Canton of Geneva with its principal campuses situated in Geneva, Barcelona, and Madrid. GBS offers bachelors’, masters’, and doctoral degrees in Finance and Business Administration with seven different majors focusing, among other specializations, on the international, geopolitical and digital aspects of management, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

Founded as the Institut de Formation de Gestionnaire de Patrimoine (IFGP) in 1995, the school’s initial mission was to provide instruction to private bankers in Switzerland. Broadening its mission and curriculum, the IFGP created in 2001 the University of Finance to provide education in international banking and finance, not only to bankers but to students as well. The brand name was finally changed in 2010 to Geneva Business School to highlight the importance of the campus location and its newfound purpose to teach a full business administration and finance curriculum of graduate and post-graduate courses.

From 2012 onwards, GBS underwent significant global expansion opening campuses in Barcelona, in 2012, and in Madrid in 2018, while creating numerous higher education partnerships and inaugurating several partner campuses in Kazakhstan and other economically strong and diverse areas of the world.

Our Vision

A 21st-century Swiss education institution contributing to a sustainable society.

Our Mission

Our mission is driven by three Educational Pillars:

  • Ensuring student success along with Swiss education academic excellence
  • Managing the institution efficiently in terms of organization and allocation of resources
  • Engaging with local and international partners through mentoring, internships, research, company placements and transfers.