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CBS International Business School, 27 May 2022

125 years of Klett: Into the future with united sustainability goal


Cologne, 27.05.2022 / The Klett success story began in 1897 when Ernst Klett the Elder took over the "Königliche Hofbuchdruckerei zu Gutenberg" in Stuttgart. 125 years later, what was once a print shop with a billboard institute and a small publishing house has become one of Europe's leading educational companies. The 80 companies in 18 countries include educational media publishers as well as institutions such as daycare centers, schools, and institutes for adult and continuing education.

For all its diversity, the family-owned company remains committed to its mission of education. With its holistic educational offering, Klett aims to create the conditions for people to develop their individual talents and act responsibly within the community. CBS International Business School has been part of the Klett family and this mission for seven years.

Education for sustainable development

On the occasion of its 125th anniversary, the group of companies is once again putting its focus firmly on sustainability: "Becoming climate-neutral together and setting an example for 'education for sustainable development" - this is what the members of the Klett Group have set themselves as their goal for the future in their anniversary year.

At the Klett subsidiary CBS, sustainable studying, living, and researching have been at the top of the agenda for a decade now. As an international management university, it aims to impart not only the necessary knowledge but also values and skills that enable responsible handling of economic and ecological challenges in a global context. "As for tomorrow's specialists and managers, our graduates are ideally trained to establish sustainability in companies and to lead them responsibly," says President Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Fröhlich.

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About CBS International Business School

CBS International Business School is an internationally oriented private business school located in Cologne, Mainz, Potsdam, Aachen, Solingen, Brühl & Neuss. It specializes in business administration degree programs according to international standards. Today, it offers approximately 4,000 students from 75 nations Bachelor's and Master's degree programs, most of which are taught in English, with numerous specializations as well as MBA programmes.

All study programs are regularly accredited by FIBAA and the German Council of Science and Humanities. Since 2018, it is the only university in Germany to hold the international accreditation of the IACBE. In the ranking of the magazine "WirtschaftsWoche" (WiWo Ranking 2021), CBS International Business School was voted the best private university of applied sciences in the field of business administration in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate for the third time in a row.

CBS International Business School has been part of the Stuttgart-based Klett Group since 2016. The Klett Group is a leading education company in Europe and is represented internationally in 17 countries. Its product range includes classic and modern educational media for everyday school life as well as lesson preparation, specialist literature and fine literature. In addition, the Klett Group operates numerous educational institutions ranging from daycare centers and schools to correspondence schools, distance learning colleges and attendance universities. Further information can be found on the Internet at

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CBS International Business School

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 or part-time basis. Throughout Germany, the university is represented at three locations in Cologne, Mainz, and Potsdam.

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