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Accreditation and Ranking

The European Management School (EMS), with its campus in Mainz, is a business management school of the Cologne Business School (CBS). It is one of the leading business schools in Germany. All bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are recognized by the state and are regularly audited and accredited by the German Council for Science and Humanities.

Ranking “WirtschaftsWoche”

WirtschaftsWoche, a leading business magazine, in cooperation with the consulting firm Universum, publishes an annual ranking of the best universities and universities of applied sciences in Germany. The key factor of this ranking – The rating of the universities is from the viewpoint of companies. HR managers from different sectors nationwide are asked their opinion of which universities of applied sciences train their students best for the needs of their company. Among the universities of applied sciences, the Cologne Business School, and thus the EMS, has repeatedly received an outstanding rating among the top 10 schools in Germany in the field of business administration.

CHE University ranking

The CHE university ranking is one of the most comprehensive rankings in the German-speaking countries and is used by prospective students as an information and decision-making aid. In addition to facts about teaching and equipment, the survey includes assessments from students about the study environment at their university. In the current CHE university ranking of the ZEIT Study Guide 2017, the European Management School (EMS) achieved outstanding results in the areas of “study ability” or the feasibility to finish a study program in the given time, “support at the beginning of studies” and “completion in a reasonable time”.

Trendence Graduate Barometer

Trendence is Europe’s leading consulting and market research company in the area of employer branding and personnel marketing. Through the graduate barometer, Trendence surveys 55,000 students a year at almost 200 German universities. The resulting and most attractive employers in Germany as well as important study insights are published in well-known German media such as manager magazin, Spiegel Online, Die Zeit, Die Welt or the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The results are a key indicator to allow universities to analyze their own benchmark and quality management. In the current graduate barometer, the EMS once again received highest ratings amongst the top ten of all universities surveyed and achieved top rankings in the overall student satisfaction.

Ministry of Science: state-recognition

The state recognition of universities is carried out by the Ministry of Science of the federal state, in which a university has its headquarters. The Ministry of Science of North Rhine-Westphalia approved the legal autonomy of the CBS on January 1st, 2010. Thus, the degrees and credit points for examinations obtained at the EMS are equivalent to those of state universities. You can apply for postgraduate study programs worldwide with a first academic degree from the EMS or transfer any earned credit points to another university. In addition, students studying at the EMS are eligible for funding by the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG).

German Council for Science and Humanities: Institutional accreditation

The Cologne Business School, and the associated European Management School in Mainz, has been accredited institutionally by the Council for Science and Humanities, the most significant science policy advisory committee in Germany. It advises the federal and state governments and is also responsible for the institutional accreditation of non-state universities. The universities are checked as to whether their teaching and research comply with the recognized scientific standards. In addition, universities are also assessed in terms of their personnel and financial resources.

FIBAA: Program accreditation

As part of the internationalization of the German higher education system and the introduction of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, it was agreed that in addition to state-accreditation study programs are also subjected to a quality control. As a result, degree programs must be individually reviewed and certified. For economics and business studies, the FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation), an agency certified by the Accreditation Council of the German Science Council, is responsible for quality assurance. All degree programs at the EMS have been awarded the seal of approval by the FIBAA. This ensures that our graduates can continue their studies at other private and state universities or continue on with a doctoral program after completing an EMS master’s degree.


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