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CBS International Business School Rankings & Accreditations

German “Wissenschaftsrat” – Institutional Accreditaion

Logo_300_WissenschaftsratThe 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. 

IACBE – Program Accreditations

Logo_300_IACBECBS 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. Figures for the annual report can be found here

FIBAA – Program Accreditations

Logo_300_FIBAAWith 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

TLogo_300_NRWhe 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

WiWo Best UniversityEvery year the renowned business magazine “WirtschaftsWoche” publishes its ranking of the best German universities. The 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)

MicrosoftTeams-image (7)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

WiWo CBS Top Digital Learning ProviderFor the second time, WirtschaftsWoche 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".

CBS Memberships & Partnerships

Federal Ministry of Education and Research: iMove



CBS is an iMOVE member. iMOVE is a networking platform initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in order to enhance international cooperation in vocational education and training (VET) between German training providers and international partners.

AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)

Logo_300_AACSBCBS International Business School is a member of AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. 

CEEMAN (International Association for Management Development in Dynamic Societies)

Logo_300_CEEMANCEEMAN is an international management development association established in 1993 with the aim of accelerating the growth in quality of management development in central and eastern Europe. Now it is a global network of management development institutions interested in quality of education and innovations in this field, as well as in the broad area of subjects related to change, with more than 220 members from over 55 countries in Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. 

IHK (Cologne Chamber of Commerce)

Logo_300_IHKCBS and the IHK have always been in close connection. Prof. Dr. Christoph Willers, Managing Director, is member of the IHK General Assembly. 

Erasmus – Charter for higher education

Logo_300_ErasmusAs part of its commitment to international student exchange, CBS was awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education by the European Commission. This means that CBS is committed to international mobility programs for students and provides special quality standards for direct access to the university. More than four million people worldwide benefit from the Erasmus+ program. 

PRME initiative (Initiative Principles for Responsible Management Education)

Logo_300_PRMEMore than 600 leading Business Schools worldwide and academic Institutions have signed the statement of this UN-Initiative and profess to Corporate sustainability and Social responsibility. 

KWR (Kölner Wissenschaftsrunde)

Logo_300_KWRThe Kölner Wissenschaftsrunde (Cologne Science Round) focuses on highlighting excellent scientific and economic potential in the region. This is made possible thanks to both the intensive network of various scientific institutions and its ties with the economy. The aim is to strengthen Cologne as a location for science and research. CBS professors’ involvement in the Kölner Wissenschaftsrunde comes in the form of lectures, panel discussions and workshops. CBS-president Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Fröhlich is chairwoman of the Kölner Wissenschaftsrunde. 

Karriere im Familienunternehmen

Logo_300_Karriere in FamilienunternehmenThe Entrepreneurs Club e.K. presents the leading and successful family companies in the Employer Branding online portal “Karriere im Familienunternehmen”. With their own company profile they have the opportunity to emphasize their advantages and unique characteristics. Family companies are able to address their specific target group with the help of online application marketing to cast offered jobs. The seal of quality stands for the personal cooperation between the family companies and the operators that guaranties the proved quality of the family companies. 

hgnc (hochschulgründernetz cologne e.V.)

Logo_300_hgncThe CBS International Business School is a member of the hochschulgründernetz cologne (university founder network cologne), which provides CBS students and alumni with free support and advisory services while starting up their own business. There are several partners in and around Cologne such as CBS, the University of Cologne, the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Cologne, which have joined forces to provide good conditions for founders and entrepreneurs from universities when starting out. 

DIKRI (German Institute for Communication and Law on the Internet)

Logo_300_DIKRIDIKRI takes key issues concerning the Social Web/Web 2.0 and deals with them from a research and business point of view. Topics and issues regarding consumer protection and data privacy in social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+, are treated and answered. Subsequently, these issues are further addressed by CBS professors in publications and corporate projects. 

Digital Cologne

Logo_300_Digital CologneTogether with the Cologne Chamber of Commerce and in cooperation witch experts in the field of digital economics, the CBS International Business School is an active partner in the initiative, Digital Cologne, which accompanies and supports companies on the traditional marketplace in their digital transformation. Digital Cologne sees itself as a driving force for the digital revolution, as a platform for networking and information exchange as well as a supporter enterprise. 

Der Handel

This local initiative works on structural changes in trade and commerce as a result of digitization. The importance of business for an attractive regional economic policy should be a matter of public awareness. Companies need to be ready for the changes ahead and, in order to be so, are accompanied through the support of science and research..

Charta der Vielfalt

Logo_300_Charta der VielfaltThe Charter for Diversity is a corporate initiative to promote diversity in companies and institutions. Its intention is to promote the recognition, appreciation and integration of diversity within corporate culture in Germany. Organizations should create a working environment that is free of prejudice. All employees should feel appreciated – regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation or appearance. Sponsor for the charter is Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel.