Thinking big in a small country: Moving from Vienna to Liechtenstein

University of Economics in Vienna Campus

Before coming to Liechtenstein, I completed my bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. During my Bachelor studies, I developed a special interest in asset management and decided to write my Bachelor’s thesis about Markowitz's modern portfolio theory. This is when I realized that I would like a to start a career in an area related to applied financial mathematics. I decided to enroll for the Master’s programme in Finance at the University of Liechtenstein because of its research-orientation. The programme's structure focuses mainly on asset management, corporate finance and alternative investments, making it the perfect choice for graduates with an already solid financial background.


Furthermore, the programme's CFA-oriented curriculum helped me to pass the CFA Level I exam in June 2017. In addition, the University offers a very personal learning environment within an international group of students. I strongly benefited from the excellent academic support services offered to the small student groups. Due to the strong support by academic staff and the financial resources available at the University of Liechtenstein, I am even able to conduct my own laboratory experiment for my Master’s thesis. Dedicated students can also become MSc in Finance Student Ambassadors or start working as student assistants at the Institute for Finance. I am currently assisting academic staff in the preparation of Master of Law (LL.M.) seminars as well as with the initiation of research projects at the Tax Law department, where I gained valuable insights into the Taxation of Wealth Structures and Financial Instruments.


The Principality of Liechtenstein acts as a bridge between the EEA and Switzerland thanks to its unique strategic position in Europe. Hence, Liechtenstein provides access to the Swiss and EEA labor market and enables its Master in Finance students to get in touch with academic researchers and practitioners in the regional financial hub. Liechtenstein also offers a great work life balance as it is a pleasant change to the continuous hustle and bustle of Vienna. It offers a great variety of leisure activities such as skiing, hiking and biking and this really helps to relax after a hard day’s work. It will help you to get your thoughts together especially when you are juggling with numbers the whole day.


Blog entry written by Matthias Herrmann-Meng