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CBS International Business School, 30 August 2022

CBS welcomes over 550 students into the new semester

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Compared to the last couple of years, the new CBS students were finally welcomed in person at a ceremony across all campuses last week.

"I am a little overwhelmed to be able to stand in front of you again, after such a long time, to welcome you all personally here at CBS International Business School! The semester opening is always something special for us; and today, for the first time in the Gürzenich, one of the most important buildings in Cologne, where you will spend many more fun hours, especially when carnival is allowed to regularly take place again!" was the welcome from the President of the CBS, Prof. Dr. habil. Lisa Fröhlich at the semester opening ceremony to the freshmen from Cologne and the new students from the Berlin/Potsdam campus who were connected live.

PM_SemestereröffnungBenedikt Belger, Alumni CBS - Managing Director III Freunde Wein (left), Clara Esfeld, Alumni CBS - Senior Manager Digital Sales Analytics (center left), Prof. Dr. habil. Elisabeth Fröhlich (President CBS, center right),
Andreas Wolter, Mayor of Cologne (right)

Mainz invited the Freshmen to the KUZ

Almost 80 freshmen and their accompanying persons were also welcomed by more than 30 employees from the private university at the Mainz cultural centre KUZ. Here, too, the program consisted of an eclectic mix of motivating words from faculty members and representatives from politics, business, personal experiences from those who have already successfully completed their studies at the CBS and music. As an alumna of the B.A. program in International Business, Andrea Utz, Manager in Deals & Restructuring at PwC, congratulated the freshman on their new stage in life and gave insights into her time at CBS, her semester abroad in Australia, and the lifelong friendships she developed at CBS.

One particularly happy moment …

… which Prof. Dr. Alexander Westenbaum, academic director at CBS in Mainz, was responsible for again this year was awarding the ‘Best Performer’ and ‘Social Engagement’ scholarships as well as the ‘TSC Sports Scholarship’ in Mainz. These scholarships are traditionally awarded at the start of the semester; funding and financial support for high-performing students is part of the university’s DNA at CBS.

Ambition and athletic performance were demonstrated most notably by Leon Zill, a future student in the master’s program Sports Management & Applied Sports Psychology in Mainz. Leon was presented with the sports scholarship by the TSC board member Hans Beth. Since 2018, TSC Mainz has been one of the cooperation partners with CBS at the Mainz campus. All students have access to the tennis courts, free of charge, at certain times.

TSC Scholarship MainzTSC Mainz board member Hans Beth (left) and Urs Kern, president of the TSC (center right), congratulate together with
Prof. Dr. Alexander Westenbaum (academic director CBS Mainz, right) Leon Zill (center left)
for his sports scholarship  donated by the TSC

Actively shape the future

Mayors Michael Ebling (Mainz) and Andreas Wolter (Cologne) invited students to unlock their potential to help actively shape the future at both campuses. As part of the studies at CBS, there are various opportunities to think outside the box. Ebling and Wolter echoed a similar message about relying on the new generation of sustainable and digital leaders for the challenging times ahead. The support of the city, partners, and the entire university is assured without further ado.

Premiere after successful zusammen.wachsen:

After the integration of the Department of Management & Technology of the European University of Applied Sciences (EUFH) into the CBS International Business School at the beginning of the year, the start of the winter semester also marked a very special premiere. At the campus Neuss, the first full-time bachelor's students were welcomed into the program - the small group of students opted for the bachelor's degree program in Business Administration and Management and the opportunity to specialize in specific majors during their studies.

In Brühl, two cohorts of the part-time master's programs, General Management and Strategic Management & Consulting, were welcomed during an Intro Day. This puts them one month ahead of the dual students in both the bachelor's and master's programs. For these groups, the winter semester starts at the beginning of October and, for the first time this year, at the campus in Mainz, in addition to the former EUFH campuses in Solingen, Aachen, Brühl and Neuss. Until then, we are continuing to prepare for another excellent semester start at CBS!

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Virtual classroom

Even though we are able to start the semester in-person to everyone’s delight, CBS is prepared to take any necessary measures in the fall due to the ongoing pandemic, guaranteeing a seamless course of study with stability in the quality of teaching. In the meantime, parallel to the in-person lectures, classes are streaming live or are recorded.

About CBS International Business School

CBS International Business School is an internationally oriented private business school with campuses in Cologne, Mainz, Potsdam, Brühl, Solingen, Aachen and Neuss. It specializes in business administration degree programs according to international standards. Today, it offers approximately 3,000 students from 75 nations bachelor's and master's degree programs in English and German with numerous specializations and MBA programs.

All study programs are regularly accredited by FIBAA and the German Council of Science and Humanities. Since 2018, it has been the only university in Germany to hold the international accreditation of the IACBE.

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 18 countries. The product range includes traditional 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 day-care centres and schools to correspondence schools, distance learning colleges and in-person universities. Further information can be found 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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