The USI Faculty of Economics was established in 1996 and it is one of the three founding Faculties of Università della Svizzera italiana, together with the Academy of Architecture and the Faculty of Communication Sciences.
Among other reasons, the Faculty was created to consolidate and to bolster the financial centre of the Canton of Ticino (the third in Switzerland) through academic-level education that combines quantitative approaches and social analysis, and through research aimed at broadening disciplinary horizons.
The original project for the creation of the Faculty was developed by a steering committee, in which Mauro Baranzini, Remigio Ratti, and Lanfranco Senn sought a balance between a study curriculum very similar to that of "classic" Swiss universities on the one hand and more typical aspects of business schools such as Bocconi University or the University of St. Gallen on the other.
The first Dean of the Faculty was Pietro Balestra (1997-2001) who, with rigour and virtue succeeded in attracting to Lugano several internationally acclaimed professors and thus outlined a sound path for the development of our Faculty.
Mauro Baranzini, former Dean and founding member of the Faculty