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About Us: A Journey of Excellence and Innovation - Discovering the Essence of CBS in Our Inspiring Story and Vision


State-recognized university of applied sciences for management with an international focus in Germany

CBS International Business School is a state-recognised private university of applied sciences for business. We offer accredited Bachelor's, Master's and MBA degree programmes in German and English on a full-time, part-time, or Dual basis. Throughout Germany, the university is represented at eight locations in Cologne, Aachen, Berlin/Potsdam, Hamburg, Hannover, Mainz, Düsseldorf/Neuss & Solingen. In addition, there are over 160 international partner universities worldwide where students can spend their semester abroad. In various rankings, HR managers and students confirm that the CBS is the best private university of applied sciences for business administration in the Rhineland and is one of the best digital education providers in Germany.

Since 2016, we have been part of the Stuttgart-based Klett Group, one of Germany's leading education companies. With our mission statement Creating tomorrow, we bring together players in tomorrow´s world of work: We offer students an internationally oriented, practical business degree programmes with individual support. We provide companies with an interactive platform to position themselves as practice partners and future employers. In addition, we offer training and part-time degree programmes.

The CBS faculty consists of over 70 professors who are supported by many freelance lecturers from the business world. CBS students thus benefit from the perfect mix of theory and practice. With around 30 percent of international students from over 75 nations, we also offer a particularly intercultural study environment. We implement personal support through small learning groups and the energetic commitment of the CBS faculty and administration. Our students, alumni, faculty, and service team together form the CBS family.

Would you also like to become a part of the CBS? Find out more about us now and find out how you can shape your future together with us.

Facts & Figures

  • Over 3,000 students

  • 8 campuses: Cologne, Aachen, Berlin/Potsdam, Düsseldorf/Neuss, Hamburg, Hannover, Mainz & Solingen

  • Founded in 1993

  • 70 professors & numerous freelance lecturers from the business world

  • Full-time, part-time, dual studies

  • 25% international lecturers

  • Over 160 partner universities worldwide

  • 30% international students

  • Bachelor`s, Master`s, MBA programmes


Accreditations and Rankings

Do you expect high quality from your future university? We do, too.
CBS is an institutionally and state-recognised private university. All programmes are accredited so that your CBS degree is accepted at all German colleges and universities as well as worldwide. CBS's ranking in surveys among current students and HR managers also underlines our high study quality.


Memberships and Co-operations

The CBS fulfils its role as an educational institution in the form of various memberships and co-operations. By actively shaping the economy, society, and politics, we live up to our slogan Creating tomorrow. Of particular interest to students, for example, is CBS' involvement in the university start-up network hgnc or in the Erasmus+ programme.

Our Vision & Mission

We believe that a university can and should do more than impart knowledge and educate excellent professionals. We want to empower, inspire and encourage young adults to live the life they choose and to contribute actively and responsibly to changes for our world of tomorrow. #creatingtomorrow

This is how we, as an educational and research institution, prepare for tomorrow´s world of work. We support our students in developing their personal talents and understanding important social tasks, seizing valuable opportunities, and developing smart solutions that are relevant in the world of tomorrow.

As partners, we think and shape the teaching, research, and economy of tomorrow.

We deliver and interconnect new scientific findings on relevant topics of the future, inspire dialogue between disciplines and promote creative entrepreneurship.

As an employer, we offer a motivating and appreciative environment in which our employees can develop personally and actively participate in shaping the future of our CBS.

Diversity & Inclusion

At CBS International Business School, people from different backgrounds with diverse needs and characteristics come together. The slogan Creating tomorrow is the focus of the CBS vision: We want to create a better tomorrow, to positively change the future. This mission includes the equal treatment of all individuals and their inclusion in the CBS family. Here you can find more information about diversity & inclusion at CBS.

Why CBS?

Why should you study at the CBS? It's quite simple! Because you don't just want to study business administration but want to immerse yourself in the world of management. Because you set the same high-quality standards for teaching, equipment, and service as we do. Because you are looking for international networking, a semester abroad and foreign language skills. Because you want to focus on your career during your studies through practical projects, internships, and networking. You still need more arguments? Find out here why studying at the CBS is worthwhile:


Our Team & Student Services

The CBS family consists of students, alumni, faculty, lecturers, and the service departments. Each member contributes their individual strengths to make your studies a complete success. At the university, you will get to know staff from the Students Office, the Examinations Office, and many other departments. Here you can get an overview of the CBS team and find your contact person.

Careers at CBS: Education is the future - Become a part of it!

Are you looking for an exciting employer with whom you can develop your career? We are always open to new ideas and energetic support! Discover the CBS job offers at our locations in Cologne, Mainz, and Berlin/Potsdam now


The 8 CBS campuses


CBS History

CBS was founded in 1993 as the Cologne Business School at our headquarters in Cologne. A lot has happened since then! Today's corporate mission Creating tomorrow runs through the entire history of the university: New developments, such as the integration of the American Bachelor`s model in Germany or international accreditation, were recognised early on and successfully implemented. In 2020, we introduced the joint brand CBS International Business School for all our locations throughout Germany. Starting 2022, we will also be offering the dual and part-time management programs of the European University of Applied Sciences (EU|FH) under this brand. We are part of the Stuttgart-based Klett publishing house and are one of the education market leaders in Germany.

CBS Advisory Board

The CBS International Business School Advisory Board’s tasks consist of advising and supporting the university in the course of its internationalisation and further strategic planning. In particular, the members of the Advisory Board support CBS in its efforts to cooperate closely with the economy and scientific institutions worldwide. Here, the members of the Advisory Board help acquiring further immaterial sponsors, advise the presidium when selecting and allocating Chairs and support in obtaining special speaker for extracurricular studies. They accompany the structuring of new degree courses and provide advice on the constant development of the curricula. Personalities from science, the global economy and politics are members of the Advisory Board. They are appointed by the President. The term of office is three years. Learn more about our team.

Members of the CBS Advisory Board

  • Gregor Berghausen, Hauptgeschäftsführer, IHK Düsseldorf

  • Thomas Bischof, Vorstandsvorsitzender, Gothaer Allgemeine Versicherung

  • Marcus Flory, VP Technology & Innovation, Digital Factory Deutsche Telekom

  • Dr. Michael Fuebi, Vorstandsvorsitzender TÜV Rheinland AG

  • Andreas Janetzko, CEO, MBS Logistics, ab Januar 2024 CEO, TBA Logistics

  • Klaus Läpple, Ehem. Spitzenfunktionär Tourismusbranche, seit Beiratsgründung dabei, schon für Vor-Institutionen der CBS tätig

  • Dr. Tanja Lingohr, Geschäftsführerin ICON-INSTITUTE

  • Birgit Oßendorf-Will, Group HR Director, Ströer Gruppe

  • Ulf C. Reichardt, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung, NRW.Energy4Climate

  • Prof. Dr. Walter Tokarski, Ehem. Rektor Dt. Sporthochschule, seit 2014 in beratender Position für CBS tätig, erst Kuratorium, dann Beirat

  • Markus Voss, Global CIO & COO, DHL Supply Chain 


The professors at CBS put the vision of the university into practice in their research work. The research questions focus on the concept of corporate digital responsibility. How can sustainable management work? And what contribution does digitalisation make to this? New methods in research and teaching show innovative ways of shaping our tomorrow. Here you can find more information on current research projects and publications:

CBS cares for

As an education company, we aim to initiate positive changes not only in the economy, but also in society. We see our social responsibility primarily in the areas of education and sustainability. As a student of CBS, you are warmly invited to contribute your own ideas and get involved in the student initiatives. You can find current projects and fundraising campaigns here:

Do you have any question?

Download a CBS brochure for an in-depth look at our business study programmes. We hope you enjoy getting to know more about our school and what we stand for. Follow us on Social Media, meet us at an event, or reach out directly to one of our study advisors to get to know us better.

Giulia Balzan

Giulia Balzan

Study advisory 
Got any questions? We are happy to help!

Phone: +49 (0) 221 931809 31
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Mirjam Zimmermann

Mirjam Zimmermann

Study advisory: Campus Mainz
Got any questions? We are happy to help!

Phone: +49 (0) 6131 88055 31
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