Pierre Imhle, associate dean and visiting professor
‘We are fortunate enough to attract very good professors, teachers and researchers, which makes Lausanne a very interesting academic destination.’
Where did you study?
PI | I did a degree in geophysics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and my doctorate at M.I.T. in Boston.
Why did you choose to train in Lausanne?
PI | We have travelled a lot as a family (Boston, Zurich, France, etc.) and came back to Lausanne not only because we have ties here, but also because Lausanne is a wonderful place. A safe and orderly place, where everything works efficiently. And when it comes to training, you will find the best universities imaginable.
If you had to define the study environment in Lausanne in just three words, what would they be?
PI | Rich, interesting and cultural.
Can you tell us about your career before taking up your post as vice-dean?
PI | My career first started in the world of natural science, in geophysics, where I carried out basic research. I then entered the world of business, both as a consultant and entrepreneur. I eventually returned to an academic environment, but this time in roles related to innovation. So I now find myself in the crossover zone between knowledge creation and business.
Can you tell us about any memorable events you have experienced during your current post?
PI | In my capacity as vice-dean I am part of something quite extraordinary at the moment: the school is in the process of growing, it is being transformed. We are appointing teachers, we are working at faculty level to improve the quality of education and we are developing new programmes.
Do you have many foreign students at the EHL?
PI | Our bachelor programme is highly rated at international level. We have eighty different nationalities, with students who come from Switzerland probably accounting for thirty to forty per cent, and students who come from France, Germany and all over Europe. We also have many students who come from Asia and America.
Do you wish to stay in Lausanne?
PI | If there's one place I'd like to stay, it's certainly in this region. The environment and working conditions are exceptional here.
Would you recommend Lausanne as a place to study?
PI | Yes, because we are fortunate enough to attract very good professors, teachers and researchers, which makes Lausanne a very interesting academic destination.
What is your fondest memory of Lausanne?
PI | Friends and family - these make for nice memories of Lausanne.
Interview conducted by | Tom Crawford