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CBS International Business School Rankings & Accreditations

IACBE – Program Accreditations

CBS was the first business school in Germany to receive the internationally renowned accreditation of the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). In contrast to other accreditation agencies, the IACBE attaches particular importance to an individual evaluation system, which evaluates each institution on the basis of its own specifications and goals. This “mission based” approach of the IACBE and the question of how the “mission” of the business school is implemented was observed and analysed by the IACBE step by step in a “vertical” view. CBS received the accreditation in 2018 for seven years without conditions. Accreditation by the IACBE includes continuous quality monitoring.

Official IACBE Statement

German “Wissenschaftsrat” – Institutional Accreditaion

The CBS International Business School has been accredited institutionally by the Science and Humanities Council, 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 human and financial resources.

FIBAA – Program Accreditations

With the introduction of the Bachelor’s and Master’s system it was agreed that, in addition to government supervision, additional accreditations must be carried out for each individual degree program. A new degree programme can only be added if it has been individually assessed as to quality and academic feasibility. CBS has FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation) carry out any new degree programme accreditation as well as the re-accreditation of already existing study programmes.

NRW Ministry of Science – State Recognition

The CBS International Business School is officially recognized by the Ministry of Science North Rhine-Westphalia. For this reason, degrees obtained and examinations completed at CBS are recognized worldwide and in accordance with the ECTS system, thus equated with the academic performance of other state universities. This means that after completing your first academic degree, you also have the opportunity to apply for a postgraduate degree of studies at another university, where you will be credited for achievements already performed.

Best private university of applied sciences in the area of business administration in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate

Every year the renowned business magazine “WirtschaftsWoche” publishes its ranking of the best German universities. Basis for this ranking is a survey conducted in cooperation with the consulting agency Universum. The ranking evaluates the quality of the universities’ graduates. HR managers from different companies and industrial sectors were asked which university equipped students best for their companies’ requirements.

CBS among the TOP 5 private universities of applied sciences in 5 categories (including service and consulting and practical relevance)

Every year, the Trendence Graduate Barometer shows us which factors are important to students from a wide range of faculties in Germany – both in their studies and in their professional lives. By surveying up to 17,700 students, from the field of economics, this university ranking is considered an important source of information for prospective students. The focus is primarily on student counselling, practical relevance and the quality of teaching, as well as the internationality of the university.

Top digital education provider in Germany

For the very first time, WirtschaftsWoche also ranked Germany’s universities according to their digital educational offerings. In a survey among users of 115 digital continuing education offers, CBS International Business School was considered to be the second best digital education provider in Germany. In this category, the university was able to convince with its successful transition to digital formats in the beginning of 2020 and its current dual lecturing system with on-campus and online sessions.

Top Business School

CBS International Business School is one of the business schools with the best learning and further education programs in Germany. This was the conclusion reached by the renowned business and finance magazine Focus-Money in cooperation with the Cologne-based consulting and analysis company ServiceValue in January 2021. 175 providers from 14 different categories were evaluated by almost 24,000 customers as part of an extensive survey. In the category “Business Schools/Wirtschaftshochschulen”, the CBS achieved above-average ratings and was awarded the title “Top Business School”.


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