Business School - Notable Firsts

Notable Firsts

  • 1759 – The Aula do Comércio in Lisbon was the first institution to specialise in the teaching of accounting in the world. It provided a model for development of similar government-sponsored schools across Europe, and closed in 1844. Therefore the Aula do Comércia paved the way for business schools to start.
  • 1819 – The Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP Europe) was founded in Paris, France. It is the oldest business school in the world and now has campuses in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, and Torino.
  • 1857 – The Budapest Business School was founded in the Austrian Empire as the first business school in Central Europe. It is the oldest public business school in the world
  • 1881 – The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is the United States' first business school and the world's first collegiate business school.
  • 1889 - The Manchester School of Commerce was established in Manchester, United Kingdom. It was the first school in the United Kingdom to teach commerce and was a predecessor of the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School.
  • 1898 – The University of St. Gallen established the first university in Switzerland teaching business and economics.
  • 1906 – The Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) was established as the first university in Poland dedicated to teaching commerce and economics.
  • 1946 – The Thunderbird School of Global Management, then called the American Institute for Foreign Trade, was the first graduate management school focused exclusively on global business.
  • 1949 – The University of Pretoria in South Africa founded the oldest business school in Africa and was the first university to offer an MBA outside of North America. In January 2008 the Graduate School of Management was formally replaced by the Gordon Institute of Business Science.
  • 1991 – The IEDC-Bled School of Management was the first business school to offer an MBA program in Eastern Europe.
  • 1994 – CEIBS (China Europe International Business School) was the first business school in China to have received funding from a foreign government, namely the European Commission.
  • 2010 – Skema Business School, opting for a multi campus strategy all around the world, in Brazil, France, China, Russia, Australia, Morocco and the USA, is the first French Business School to open a campus in the United States in Raleigh, North Carolina among the Research Triangle Park.

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