Accreditation, Quality Management and Rankings
EBS Universität for business and law is one of the oldest privately run universities in Germany. EBS Universität graduates occupy top positions all over the world.
In the pursuit of excellence in teaching and research, accreditations and rankings play an important role – they complement the internal instruments of our quality management. The quality of our study programmes and the institution as a whole is regularly reviewed and confirmed by independent national and international institutions.
EBS Universität and its study programmes are audited and accredited by national and international accreditation agencies focusing on the offered subject areas.
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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.
All study programmes at EBS Universität are accredited by the Accreditation Council and are reviewed regularly in cooperation with the accreditation agency FIBAA.
The superordinate Foundation Akkreditierungsrat is an association of the German federal states aiming for quality assurance in learning and teaching at German universities. Since 2018, following the conversion of the German accreditation process, the Akkreditierungsrat has focused on the decision of accreditations. These are based on reviews of the accreditation agencies on programme accreditations as well as system accreditations. Thus, the Akkreditierungsrat plays an essential role in the final evaluation of the respective study programme. The Accreditation Council only accepts expert reports from accreditation agencies that have the EQAR registration of the Accreditation Council. The degree programmes at EBS Universität have been assessed by FIBAA, which is notably recognised in business and economics.
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:
- Law Studies
Financial Planning Standards Board
The Financial Planning Standards Board Deutschland e.V. (FPSB Germany) accredited the certificate programmes Financial Economics (Level I and Level II) and Generation Management and Estate Planning (Level I and Level II) offered by EBS Executive School. The continuing education programmes prepare students for the corresponding certifications.
The Financial Planning Standards Board Deutschland e.V. mission is to provide certification for advisors to private clients according to international standards on training, independent examinations, proof of experience, and ethics. The FPSB Germany is part of the global FPSB Network, bringing together 27 countries worldwide that have certified more than 190,000 people in financial planning. In the FPSB Network – and thus also through FPSB Germany – individuals are licensed as Certified Financial Planner Professionals and European Financial Advisor EFA.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredited the Master in Real Estate (MSc) programme of EBS Business School since 2013.
The accreditation process is extensive and takes place every five years. In addition, annual monitoring takes place. The real estate industry recognises RICS as an international professional association of real estate professionals. RICS is committed to international standardisation. Its main tasks are to regulate and promote the profession, maintain high standards of education and professional practice, protect clients and consumers by adhering to a strict code of conduct and provide advice, analysis and guidance. Around 400 programmes are accredited by RICS 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.
Quality Management at EBS Universität
Consistent quality orientation is a requirement for national and international accreditations and for maintaining the status of a research-active and internationally recognized university. Quality is a vague concept, and the production must be realized through transparent rules, planning and practical measures according to a defined quality model. In the end, the success of students and graduates will be the most critical evidence of quality. Therefore, their success (or failure) are the most important KPIs of the quality management system.
In academia, faculty development plays a crucial role in quality management by enforcing high standards for selecting faculty members and creating tools for scientific, pedagogical, and personal growth. Research-active lecturers can present and discuss the current state of knowledge in class. Quality management supports the faculties and their members in documenting and maintaining their academic competence base, setting incentives for individual development and balancing teaching obligations and research expectations.
Quality management contributes data for the individual development of faculty members, used for the annual leadership and development talks with the Dean. It allows the assessment of the performance in the previous period and operates as a basis for the target agreement in the following year. In addition to the intrinsic research motivation of faculty members, which is naturally assumed, incentives are set in monetary bonuses or research funds or through a temporary reduction in teaching loads.
As a critical element of quality management, programme development ensures that the programmes meet national regulations and international higher education standards. They are designed and periodically reviewed through systematic processes to achieve learning objectives relevant to students and their future career or academic prospects. Following a competence-based approach, EBS Business School has introduced “Assurance of Learning” (AoL) to monitor learning outcomes.
Likewise, EBS Law School follows a competence-based approach that includes the module descriptions’ intended learning outcomes. We ensure the orientation of the annual review of the programme quality towards the overarching competence goal of preparing for the First Law Examination and is based, among other things, on the grade statistics and results from the course evaluations.
During the annual Continuous Improvement Talks, the Academic Directors and Programme Managers analyze and discuss together with participating faculty members the data collected by the Quality Management department and identify areas for improvement concerned. At the meetings, we develop packages of measures to improve the learning outcomes of the programmes. Based on the AoL results, deficits could be made visible and initiate modifications in the curriculum or learning processes.
With the Major Programme Review, a fundamental process for the medium-term redesign of the programmes complements the continuous improvement process. We evaluate each programme in a comprehensive analysis that includes key stakeholders and students every five to eight years. This process precedes any programme re-accreditation.
The most fundamental core process of a university is the development of each student along the entire life cycle. In this process, quality management integrates academic, administrative and service functions from student application and selection, organisation of learning, actual teaching and learning activities, student assessment to career services. At each stage of the process, quality measurements track student performance and the effectiveness of teaching, learning and individual support, which are essential KPIs for quality management. Teaching and research remain closely linked at a research-oriented university like EBS. The approach of research-based learning forces students to explore new and exciting problems.
The administration is not only part of the Quality Management system of EBS by providing critical supporting processes: On the one hand, administrative departments such as Human Resources and Accounting contribute to efficient operations, transparent guidelines and target-oriented management and support so that the faculty members can concentrate on their learning, teaching and research duties. On the other hand, administrative departments such as the Faculty Administration, the central Student Services, and the Career Services Center focus on providing a high standard of service to our students. In addition, Campus and Facility Management, IT and our Learning and Transformation Center contribute as significant resources to high quality at EBS. Internal and external evaluations regularly include the university’s services and infrastructure in their scope of observation.
The quality of services and infrastructure is regularly evaluated by students on an annual basis using a Satisfaction Monitor. In addition, we perform event-related surveys on learning conditions and infrastructure, e.g., learning effectiveness and technical infrastructure in online and hybrid teaching formats during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our awards in renowned rankings
In addition to numerous accreditations, EBS Universität also regularly occupies top positions in relevant rankings.
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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 2022 ranking, EBS is among the top 10 German universities in Business Administration.
The “Top University in the field of auditing” is awarded by Manager Magazin in cooperation with Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Management und Beratung mbH (WGMB). The WGMB is a scientific research institute with a focus on application-oriented management research. Within the context of the study, the magazine asked a selection of around 50 auditing companies and their clients about their assessment of German universities focusing on auditing. The evaluation of the survey participants is processed in the form of a point ranking and published annually.
EBS is among the top 10 universities in ranking 2021/22.
CEO Magazine Ranking
The CEO Magazine Ranking is published annually by an online magazine of the same name. The focus of the ranking is on international MBA and Executive MBA programmes. Within the scope of the ranking, 11 different criteria are surveyed and weighted differently. The most important criterion is the quality of the faculty.
- MBA Rankings 2022: Tier one of the European programmes
- EMBA Rankings 2022: No. 38
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 2020, 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.
- CHE Ranking 2020 / 2021: Top tier in business administration and law
U-Multirank is an international and independent initiative initiated by the European Commission to evaluate colleges and universities. With the evaluation of more than 1,700 universities from over 90 countries, U-Multirank is one of the most comprehensive and detailed evaluation programmes for universities worldwide. In Germany, U-Multirank carries out the study in cooperation with the CHE Hochschulranking. The U-Multirank represents a classification of the participating universities into five performance profiles. These profiles are 1. teaching and learning, 2. research, 3. knowledge transfer, 4. international orientation and 5. regional engagement.
In 2020, EBS Universität ranks among the top 10 universities in Business Studies and the top 3 private universities in Germany.
Eduniversal Business Schools Ranking
The annual Eduniversal Business School Ranking is provided by the French consulting and rating agency SMBG, specialising in Higher Education. The ranking aims to support the students in their decision-making process by selecting the best 1,000 business schools in over 150 countries worldwide. The agency follows a three-stage process consisting of the evaluation of quantitative, qualitative and internationalisation criteria. The institute assigns the schools to one of the five “Palmes of Excellence” levels by fulfilling the quantitative and qualitative measures. For each country according to their degree of internationalisation issued from the Deans’ votes. Each Dean from the 1,000 universities and schools can vote to recommend the other academic institutions. By converting this vote into a recommendation rate, the student can evaluate each educational institution and compare them.
EBS Business School was awarded three palms of excellence in the 2020 ranking.
Eduniversal Masters Ranking
The annual Eduniversal Master Ranking focuses on the quality of each Master and MBA programme included in the ranking. It considers data provided by the school, the score achieved by the level of Palme of Excellence and the reputation amongst recruiters. Furthermore, the ranking takes the satisfaction of students currently enrolled in the respective programme into account.
EBS Business School is represented with its Master and MBA programmes in the latest 2019 ranking.
QS World University Rankings
- QS World University Rankings is an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The QS ranking receives approval from the International Ranking Expert Group (IREG), and is viewed as one of the most-widely read university rankings in the world. Latest award:
- EMBA Joint Programmes: No. 25 (2022)
- Business & Management Studies: No. 10 (2020)
EBS Universität is a member of global accreditation organizations, professional associations and initiatives that promote quality in research and teaching. Within those networks, the exchange between the individual universities and leading educational institutions on best practices and networking is facilitated. In addition, EBS is entitled to undertake industry-specific certifications due to its membership in professional associations.
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EBS Business School is an educational member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Business Education Alliance, which is with 900 members the world’s largest network of business schools and organizations focused on the advancement of business education. Within the network, the members from different areas of education, research, and practice can exchange best practices at various events. In addition, the partnership is a prerequisite in gaining AACSB accreditation.
EBS Business School is a member of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), a global, non-profit, membership-driven organisation to improve management development, which has 966 institutional members in over 90 countries worldwide. As an accreditation body, it is entitled to grant accreditations to business schools, business school programmes and corporate universities. The accreditations also include the EQUIS accreditation for business schools. The corresponding network for schools and companies focuses on the development of socially responsible leaders and managers and offers the exchange of best practices and benchmarking in management education and professional development.
Law Schools Global League Member
The Law Schools Global League (LSGL) is a conglomerate of currently 31 leading law schools across the globe. They seek to stimulate academic debate and cooperation in both education and research concerning the globalisation of law. The LSGL serves as a platform for sharing knowledge and aspires to contribute to the discussion on the globalisation of law and its implications on legal education, research and practice.
Every year, the League organises several activities, including conferences and a summer school centred on law and globalisation, besides setting up joint research and joint-teaching activities.
EBS Business School is a member of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). The GMAC is an association of leading graduate business schools, a global organisation focusing on advancing admissions procedures. GMAC is responsible for developing and administering the GMAT exam, a standardised test to measure the suitability for postgraduate Master’s programmes at business faculties. GMAT is mainly used in the selection process for MBA studies. To be invited to the GMAC network, the school needs to follow the GMAC principles containing the support of the GMAC mission, providing quality graduate management education, the fair and ethical treatment of candidates and students, and the contribution to the graduate management education community.
PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education)
The Principles for Responsible Management Education was founded in 2007 as the academic section of the UN Global Compact. The vision of PRME was and still is to create a global movement and take the lead in responsible management education. The aim is to transform management education and train tomorrow’s responsible decision-makers to drive sustainable development. As a voluntary initiative with over 800 signatories worldwide, PRME has become the most powerful organised platform between the United Nations and management-related higher education institutions. To raise the profile of sustainability in academic education, around 40 higher education institutions, including EBS Business School, are committed to equipping their students with the understanding and skills needed to address challenges in areas such as climate change, poverty reduction and sustainable development. Since 2008, EBS Business School has regularly reported on its progress in implementing the Principles for Responsible Management Education in so-called Sharing Information on Progress (SIP) reports and is involved in the German chapter of the PRME association.
EBS Business School is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute. The CFA Institute’s purpose is to add value to professionals in investment management and collaborate with the investment management industry to promote ethics, market integrity, and professional standards of practice, thus adding value to society. The CFA is a non-profit organisation and awards the title of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and publishes the Financial Analysts Journal. The requirement for receiving the internationally respected title in investment management is that the candidate has passed three examinations and has at least four years of professional experience in the field of application. The association has more than 110,000 members worldwide, of which almost 90 % are CFA degree holders. Currently, 138 associations exist in 60 countries.
EBS Business School is a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS), which commits itself to high-quality education at primary, secondary schools and higher education institutions. EBS Business School benefits from the connection between member schools and member universities as part of the network. All strive to create a good learning environment for pupils and students to become academically prepared and globally-minded. More than 1,360 institutions from 123 countries, 740 are schools and 610 are colleges and universities are part of the association.
Bologna Hub (Preis zur Anerkennung)
In 2017, EBS Law School received the “bologna hub – Award for Recognition” from the DAAD for particularly innovative approaches and exemplary models for promoting mobility. Degree programmes with a focus on education, medicine and law were considered as part of the competition. The award aims to promote the internationalisation of the degree mentioned above in programmes to gain international experience and expand intercultural competencies.
EBS Business School is part of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA). CAIA focuses on improving investment and societal outcomes of capital allocation through professional education, transparency, and leadership. These goals are evident in the area of alternative investment products. Like CFA, CAIA offers a certificate for professionals. This certificate is on alternative investments, which is achieved through two examinations. CAIA has over 10,000 members worldwide.
German Academic Exchange Service
The German Academic Exchange Service (in German: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - DAAD) is a joint institution of German universities and student bodies for the cultivation of their international relations, founded in 1925. According to its own information, the DAAD is the world's largest funding organization for the international exchange of students and scientists. Since its founding in 1925, the DAAD has supported more than 2.8 million academics at home and abroad (as of 2021).
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