The International Graduate Center (IGC) and School of International Business at HSB Hochschule Bremen – City University of Applied Sciences have received the prestigious accreditation of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) for their International Master of Business Administration programme (IMBA). HSB's International MBA programme is only the second MBA programme in Germany to receive this accreditation seal and can thus count itself among the world's best MBA programmes.
The EFMD accreditation is an internationally highly recognized seal of quality that confirms the special quality of study programmes and business schools. For accreditation, the institution and the programme underwent an extensive 2-year review based on strict and comprehensive quality criteria. The first time, accreditation is usually granted for three years and often with conditions, but in this case the quality of the study programme convinced the EFMD so much that the accreditation was granted for a full five years with no strings attached.
IGC Dean Professor Tim Goydke is delighted that the IMBA programme has been awarded one of the three most important international accreditations in the world: "The label 'EFMD-accredited' enhances the reputation of our study programme and reflects its extraordinary quality. Hochschule Bremen is now one of only five higher education institutions in Germany with EFMD programme accreditation."
The reviewers were particularly impressed by the international network. For 15 years, the IMBA programme has offered students a dual degree at one of four partner universities worldwide as part of the International Business School Alliance (IBSA). "With the EFMD accreditation, we are catching up with network partners who are all internationally accredited and can thus sustainably strengthen the international profile of the IBS Alliance," programme director Professor Frank Giesa sums it up.
Professor Lydia Scholz, Dean of the School of International Business, who is responsible for the program, is pleased about the great success and emphasizes: "The accreditation is an incentive for us to push ahead with the international orientation, especially in these challenging times."
Professor Karin Luckey, Rector of HSB, sees the top accreditation as a milestone for the University: "The seal underlines the high standard of quality and pays tribute to the central profile element 'internationality', which we have successfully developed over the years. The accreditation is not only a well-deserved recognition for all involved, but also increases the international perception of the university and opens up perspectives for the further development of the range of courses offered."
Founded in 1972, EFMD is a global, non-profit, membership-based organization dedicated to management development. It is recognized worldwide as an accrediting body for business schools, business school programmes and corporate universities.
List of EFMD accredited degree programmes
List of business schools accredited by EFMD
Founded in 2003, IBSA offers a unique joint dual degree Master's programme that allows students to study at two institutions in two different countries and earn a master's degree at each. Four prestigious universities in Europe and the United States make up IBSA: Hochschule Bremen in Germany, Universidad de Valencia in Spain, ESSCA School of Management in Paris, France, and University of North Carolina Wilmington in the United States.
The IGC is an institution of the Graduate & Professional School of Hochschule Bremen and offers young professionals with a first university degree and professional experience from all over the world academic further education in the Master's and MBA fields in English. The one- to two-year full-time programmes with different focal points are international and practice-oriented. They are aimed specifically at young professionals who wish to develop their careers and aspire to management positions.