oldest private business school in Germany
Prof. Klaus Evard founded EBS Universität (former European Business School). His vision:
It was my goal to offer an international education in close cooperation with corporate partners.
An approach that revolutionised the university landscape.
Today, EBS Universität consists of the Business School, Law School and Executive School. We offer a wide range of study programmes - from Bachelor's and First Law Degree to Master's, MBA, Executive MBA and continuing education programmes. Currently, 2,200 students from all over the world are studying on the campuses in Oestrich-Winkel (Business and Executive School) and Wiesbaden (Law School), 44 professors teach and conduct research, and more than 250 employees look after the institution and our students.
Why study economics today? Or law? Is it the money? Reputation? Power?
Our students see things differently.
The countless challenges in our society and our world call for a new leadership elite. An elite guided by values: by courage, responsibility, consideration and backbone.
We do this with state-of-the-art didactic methods, with a coaching and leadership hub dedicated to strengthening leadership skills and with our teaching approach of Challenge Based Learning - together with many partners from the field. This enables our students to bring out their best and equip themselves to change the world.
Independent institutions confirm the excellence of our teaching and research – all EBS Universität’s study programmes are internationally recognised and accredited by the German Accreditation Council. In addition, EBS regularly achieves top ratings in renowned university rankings.
AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) is a global not-for-profit organisation that brings together educators, students and businesses to achieve a common goal: to educate the next generation of leaders. Since 1916, AACSB has stood for the highest standards of quality, providing quality assurance, business education information, and learning and development services worldwide.
In 2022, EBS Universität was reaccredited by Wissenschaftsrat, the German Council of Science and Humanities, for the next 5 years.
This academic seal of quality is awarded to non-governmental universities whose performance in teaching and research meets recognised scientific standards. The period of accreditation by the Wissenschaftsrat is for a maximum of ten years, depending on the outcome of the review process. The Wissenschaftsrat is one of Germany’s most critical science policy advisory bodies and advises the federal and state governments on developing universities, science and research. In the multi-stage accreditation procedure, which includes the submission of a self-report by the university and a visit to the university by an external group of experts over several days, the university is evaluated in eight key areas. These include its academic quality in research and teaching, its structures and equipment, and its quality assurance and development.
The accreditation agency Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) awards the Premium seal to study programmes that demonstrate excellent quality in study and teaching as part of a FIBAA accreditation process. This unique distinction provides prospective students, graduates, universities, and the job market with reliable information about the outstanding quality of the degree programme.
Accreditation for the following study programmes:
The CHE Hochschulranking is the most comprehensive and detailed ranking of German universities. It includes data about studies, teaching, equipment and research, and students’ assessments of the learning conditions at their university in the ranking. The annual DIE ZEIT study guide publishes the results. For some subjects, the ranking also considers the reputation of the departments among professors. In addition to the comparative criteria, prospective students can choose from a wide range of descriptive features on study and teaching. EBS Universität is represented in the subject areas of Business Administration and Law and has consistently achieved excellent results over the past years.
In the latest CHE Ranking 2023/2024 EBS Universität was again in the upper field of the leading group in the majority of categories for both subjects and was able to strengthen its position further. Notably, in Business Administration the EBS Universität is the only university to receive 5 stars in the overarching category "General study situation" as well as in the category "Supervision by teaching staff", which puts it in first place throughout Germany.
The WirtschaftsWoche ranking is published by the economic magazine WirtschaftsWoche every year and is based on a survey carried out by Universum. Universum is an internationally recognised Employer-Branding specialist. The magazine asks HR managers from German companies which university graduates they consider remarkably competent in their activities for the survey. EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht is part of this ranking every year in Business Administration and Law. Overall, EBS Universität has achieved excellent results in recent years.
In the current 2023 ranking of WirtschaftsWoche, EBS is among the top 10 German universities in Business Administration.
Foundation of the European Business School, the oldest private university for business administration in Germany, by Prof. Dr. Klaus Evard
Foundation of the Business Administration Faculty Library
First further education courses for managers
State recognition as a university-level institution with university status
Complete changeover to Bachelor's and Master's study programmes as the first academic university in Germany (Bologna)
Start of the Master's programmes
Foundation of the second faculty, EBS Law School
Awarded university status and thus renamed EBS Universität for business and law
First-time placement in the global Financial Times Masters in Management ranking: No. 14 in 2014, No. 11 in 2015
EBS Universität becomes part of SRH, the Heidelberg-based non-profit education and healthcare company
EBS law students are the best law graduates in the State of Hesse for the fourth time in a row in the First Law Examination, over 60 % since its foundation
Günther H. Oettinger takes office as President, Prof. Martin Boehm is appointed Rector. Together with the current Managing Director, Dr. Dorothée Hofer, they form the management team of EBS Universität.
Continuation of the campus refurbishment in Oestrich-Winkel that has been underway since 2020: a car-free campus with innovative learning spaces including the latest technology, a new canteen and a fitness studio are to be built.
50 years ago, Prof. Dr. Klaus Evard had the vision to create a university offering international and high-quality education in close cooperation with corporate partners – and that vision still lives on today!
In the context of the 50th anniversary of EBS Universität, friends and acquaintances took the opportunity to say thank you and honour an outstanding personality.
Only with the support of our alumni, and our partners in teaching, research and business are we able to prepare our students for the future in the best possible way.
Do you have a general request for us?
Do not hesitate to send us a message via the general contact form.
Do you have questions about studying at EBS?
Please use our study counseling form.
Do you have questions about our executive education programmes?
Feel free to contact the EBS Executive School team.