Liechtenstein has three higher education institutions. The University of Liechtenstein, which offers study courses in architecture and business, is the biggest one. It originated from the "Abendtechnikum Vaduz" engineering school that was founded in 1961. There are also a number of renowned private universitis in the country, most of which focus on one particular fields of studies, for example philosophy.
The University of Liechtenstein is a public-private partnership boasting strong international connections. Its teaching, research and innovation strategy makes it one of the driving forces behind developments in Liechtenstein's economy and society. With 1200 students from 40 countries, the university is truly international. The diverse range of study courses on offer are designed to match the needs of the economy and to promote lifelong learning. Research in the fields of "Sustainable Planning and Construction", "Wealth Management", "Business Process Management" and "Entrepeneurship" are oriented towards the needs of companies based in Liechtenstein.
The Private University in the Principality of Liechtenstein (UFL) was created in autumn 2000 as a private foundation and is based in Triesen. It is officially recognised by the state as a higher education institution and has the right to award doctorates. The university currently focuses on two fields: medicine and law. For executives, the UFL also offers postgraduate and part-time courses designed to meet the specific needs of this target audience.
From 8 January 1986 to 28 January 2020, the International Academy of Philosophy in the Principality of Liechtenstein (IAP) was a state-recognized Liechtenstein university. As a small private university institute, it offered a doctoral program in philosophy. Doctorates completed by the end of 2022 are recognized by the State.
The Liechtenstein Institute is a scientific research platform and centre of academic teaching. It carries out and promotes research related to Liechtenstein in the fields of law, politics, business, social affairs and history. The institute also offers adult education in the form of regular lectures reporting on its latest research results.