Free University of Bozen-Bolzano


Multilingualism and internationality are the main characteristics of the Free University of Bozen – Bolzano. The five faculties with a high number of lecturers (35%) and students (17%) from abroad deal with subjects connected to economics, the natural sciences, technology, computer science, design and the social and educational worlds. Teaching and research at the University are based on high quality standards and the faculties are part of international networks, i.e. the Euregio University with the universities of Trento and Innsbruck. This young and dynamic university at the crossroads between Italian and German culture and economy offers excellent conditions for studying in a multilingual region with an optimal student-lecturer ratio, especially high quality of living and
lots of opportunities for sports and recreation.

The Faculty of Economics and Management was founded in 1998 and now counts close to 900 students and 45 faculty members who study and work in three languages: German, Italian and English. Through academic excellence in research and teaching, the Faculty contributes to the development of the South-Tyrolean economy while being solidly connected to international scientific networks. The quality of its multidisciplinary and multilingual study programmes are recognized both in Italy (3rd in the 2013 ranking of La Repubblica) and in Germany (top mark in the CHE Die Zeit ranking for internationalisation). The undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students to participate actively and efficiently in tomorrow’s regional and global economic world. They learn to find innovative solutions to economic and business problems through a multi-faceted analysis of each new situation they are confronted with. The Faculty has also been recognized as one of the best in Italy for its research (4th in Economics, 2nd in Law and Political Science according to ANVUR). The research developed by the faculty members reflects this multi-faceted approach, as specialists of Economics, Law, Management, Finance, Politics and Philosophy combine their efforts in several multidisciplinary projects. The results of most of these projects are published in  international journals and presented at prestigious international scientific conferences.


Expertise & People

alex-weissensteiner-43sw_v1Prof. A. Weissensteiner will be the key person responsible for the tasks to be contributed by the University of Bolzano. He has been active for around 10 years now in the areas of  life-cycle financial planning, long-term asset allocation, stochastic optimization, and financial scenario generation. In these areas, he has published in top-rated journals in the  areas of finance and economics. His background is in finance and quantitative methods, in particular, long-term asset allocation, financial optimization, and financial scenario  generation, with applications to pension finance.