The University of Fribourg, which was founded in 1889, is the only completely bilingual University in the whole of Europe. Both the city of Fribourg and the University represent a meeting place of two different cultures: French and German.Building upon this cultural diversity, in December 1995, the University of Fribourg established the international institute of management in technology (iimt), as part of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences. Founded on the demand of the telecommunications industry, and in cooperation with the University of Fribourg, the Programme for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Management was established.
In 2005, the iimt launched a second Executive Programme in Utility Management because of the upcoming liberalisation. Originally grounded in the market of liberalisation, the iimt has accumulated a broad and long experience in knowledge transfer for liberalised network-based markets. The Executive Programmes in ICT Management have been designed specifically for managers and specialists from the ICT industry or from related fields, and place strong emphasis on the fundamentals of management of ICT companies. The institute has a wide network of contacts in over 30 Universities and other renowned institutes in Switzerland and internationally.