Institute for Risk & Insurance
"The insurance industry is a very dynamic environment. Technological developments together with changes in the environment and in society, as well as in regulatory requirements, affect all areas of the business. With our know-how, we can help insurance specialists and companies to master these multiple challenges."
Daniel Greber, Head of Institute for Risk & Insurance
The Institute for Risk and Insurance is the center of competence for economic and sociological issues in the insurance industry. With our involvement in degree programs and continuing education, we make a important contribution to professional qualification opportunities in Switzerland in the topics of Insurance and Reinsurance Management, Risk Management, Digital Transformation and Insurance Broking.
As a competent partner in research and consulting, we contribute to scientifically clarify, present challenges and exploration of issues in the insurance industry. The overarching goal is to always use these studies for the benefit of insurance customers or companies and to set the course for the sustainable development of the insurance industry.
The Institute for Risk & Insurance enjoys the support of the Swiss Insurance Association.
In teaching, we offer the BSc in Business Administration - Specialization Risk & Insurance for Bachelor students. This allows you to lay the academic foundation for a career in the insurance industry.
In the Master's program MSc in Banking and Finance with Major Risk & Insurance, you will acquire the necessary technical and methodological knowledge to take on challenging project and management tasks in the rapidly changing insurance industry. The Master in Banking and Finance is a scientifically sound and at the same time practice-oriented management education at an international level.
Our continuing education program is geared towards lifelong learning and offers comprehensive certificate courses (MAS, CAS) as well as continuing education courses. Among these you will find the programs of "The Institutes" which is educational partner of ZHAW, School of Management and Law, i.e. Institute for Risk & Insurance. You will find the program Associate in Risk Management™ a particularly good program, additionally it is taught entirely in English. The application seminars of ZHAW are put in place to support the students with the network to go smoothly through the program.
In Reinsurance we provide two programs in English:
CAS in Reinsurance Managment is rather focusing on managerial aspects and Associate in Reinsurance™ rather on reinsurance process knowledge. Both programs are unique in German-speaking countries or even in Europe.
Additionally to these offerings you will find short continuing education courses for your inspiration in everyday professional life.
In applied research, we prefer to focus on new questions that arise due to changes or challenges in today's insurance industry. In the course of our lively exchange with knowledge carriers in the industry, we repeatedly find that structured thinking and research work can make an important value contribution to sustainable development in the insurance industry. It is in our nature to approach this task in a practical and scientific way. Thanks to our team and its national and international networking in academia and industry practice, we are able to gather the full range of necessary knowledge and make it appropriately useful for our research partners.
Please contact Daniel Greber, Head Institute for Risk & Insurance if you have a particular topics in your mind, that you want to follow up.
The boundaries between research and consulting are not clearly defined for application-oriented issues. For this reason, most of our consulting projects contain aspects of research and vice-versa. We offer consultancy services in the following areas:
- Management of insurance companies
- Personal and professional pension funds
- Actuarial practice
- Marketing & CRM
- Insurance sales
- Process and risk management for insurance companies
Examples of current assignments include market analysis, the preparation of development scenarios, and the creation of a concept for a specific problem.