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The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL)

The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) was founded on 1 April 2009 through the merger of the Berlin School of Economics (BSE) and the FHVR Berlin, a university of applied sciences for administration and law.

Former constituent institutions

The Berlin School of Economics (BSE)

The Berlin School of Economics (BSE) was founded in 1971 as the successor to the Wirtschaftsakademie Berlin, which had been created in 1965 by a merger of the Hochschulinstitut für Wirtschaftskunde and the Höheren Wirtschaftsfachschule. Initially, the BSE only offered one Economics programme either as a full-time or a part-time qualification, but soon expanded the courses it offered to include international programmes and interdisciplinary degree courses. The BSE further extended its degree programmes at the end of the 1990s to include an MBA programme – making it one of the first universities in Germany to offer an MBA degree. The Berufsakademie Berlin, formerly an independent higher education institution, was integrated into the Berlin School of Economics in 2003. At that time, two Faculties and a Central Institute were founded as academic units. The BSE existed for over 30 years and, during that time, established itself as one of the leading Universities offering programmes for the young generation of managers in Germany. Brief history of the Berlin School of Economics (BSE)

FHVR Berlin

The FHVR (known as the FHSVR prior to 1993) was founded in 1973 as a college specialising in programmes providing the qualifications needed for careers in the higher levels of the (West) Berlin civil service sector. From 1990 on, the FHVR was responsible for such programmes for the entire Berlin catchment area. The two initial faculties at the FHVR Public Administration and Legal Studies were soon joined by a number of others. At the time of the merger with the BSE, the FHVR comprised the Faculty of Public Administration, the Faculty of Legal Studies, and the Faculty of Police Training and Management. From the early 1990s, the FHVR was also involved in conducting the theoretical study phases for consulate secretaries from the German Federal Foreign Ministry. To begin with, the FHVR was located in the centre of West Berlin but in 1994 it moved to a new location at the education and administration complex in Friedrichsfelde. In 1994, the FHVR also offered its first external Public Management study programme, i.e. open to non-civil servants. It continued to expand its range of Bachelor and Master programmes, some of which were also available to external applicants.Brief History of the FHVR Berlin