International accreditation by the EFMD

What is accreditation?

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Accreditation in higher education is a tool of external quality assurance. The quality of the study programmes is evaluated by third-party agencies and independent experts.

All study programmes offered by the Faculty of International Business have been accredited at the national level. They bear the quality seal of the German Accreditation Council (Akkreditierungsrat). The certification was last awarded in 2017 by the Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute ACQUIN e.V. and is expected to be renewed in 2024 in the course of a re-accreditation process.

In addition, the Bachelor's programme International Business - Intercultural Studies (B. A.) bears the globally recognised EFMD Accredited seal of quality, which was granted to the programme for the first time by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) in March 2021. The seal serves as a testament of the IBIS programme's high quality standards and academic aspirations, its international orientation, its high level of practical relevance as well as its integration of up-to-date study content in the fields of ethics and sustainability.

What are the benefits for you?

The EFMD accreditation

  • acknowledges the exceptional quality of the study programmes offered by the Faculty International Business and serves as an outstanding performance indicator that clearly distinguishes the IBIS programme from other programmes offered by other institutions of higher education.

  • constitutes a significant contribution to enhancing the national and international reputation of the Faculty International Business at Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences.

  • underlines the global relevance of the programme and makes the extraordinary quality of the IBIS Bachelor's programme visible to the outside world.  

  • certifies that our teaching meets the highest international standards and that you, as a student, will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required by today's globally active companies.

  • enables you to pursue a wide range of career opportunities on both the national and international job markets after graduation. You can also continue with a Master's or PhD programme.

The EFMD accreditation

  • proves that your university degree meets international standards of quality and underlines its global relevance.
  • contributes significantly to the national and international reputation of Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences.
  • opens doors of excellent partner universities and leading business schools all over the world for your semester abroad.
  • signals to employers that you as a graduate possess the knowledge and skills required by today's globally active companies.
  • fosters close networking with the world of business and opens up a wide range of career opportunities for you on both the national and international job markets.
  • promotes the continuous improvement of the study programme, curricula and quality of administrative processes.
  • enables you to benefit from lectures by renowned international guest professors from the EFMD network during your studies.
  • makes Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences even more attractive for particularly qualified professors and thus promotes the quality of your education.

The EFMD accreditation: 

  • underlines the quality and the international orientation of the IBIS programme and thus contributes significantly to enhancing its reputation - both in Germany and abroad. Alumni who have already graduated also benefit from this reputation gain.
  • certifies that our teaching meets the highest international standards and that you, as a graduate, are equipped with the knowledge and skills that are required by today's globally active companies.
  • contributes directly to the increasing internationalisation of our IBAlumni network through the expansion of our partner university portfolio and the increase of double-degree agreements. Both exchange students who have studied at our university for one or more semesters as well as double-degree students are very welcome to be a part of the IBAlumni community.

The EFMD accreditation: 

  • makes a significant contribution to improving the national and international reputation of the Faculty International Business at Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences . Currently only four institutions in Germany, including Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences, bear the "EFMD Accredited" seal.
  • underlines the exceptional standards we apply to the quality of our teaching and research, as well as to the practical relevance and international orientation of the programme. This makes us a top choice for motivated applicants who want to know how to operate in an increasingly dynamic and global working environment after completing their studies.
  • confirms that our curriculum meets the highest international standards of teaching and that our graduates bring with them the practically applicable knowledge and skills that are required by today's globally active companies.
  • shows that we pursue a constant dialogue with the world of practice and that our scientific findings are being transferred to the industry.
  • highlights the close networks with the corporate sector in our region as a key factor for the academic success of our students as well as the advancement of expertise within the companies. 

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Statements of the Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences on the EFMD accreditation:

Prof. Dr. Oliver Lenzen, Rector of Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences

This is a great success for our Faculty International Business, for the International Business - Intercultural Studies programme as well as for Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences. We have been working for years to enhance the quality of our teaching, our programme design and our international orientation and visibility, so that we can also be recognised internationally. Now we have reached an important milestone and we are very proud of it.

Prof. Dr. Oliver Lenzen, Rector of Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences

Our way to international EFMD accreditation:

A long and intense journey of the Faculty International Business reached its final peak on 03 March 2021. Since December 2020, many professors, employees and students of Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences had been awaiting the decision of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) from Brussels. The joy was immense when it was finally announced that the International Business - Intercultural Studies (IBIS) programme had been accepted into a select, worldwide and elite group of higher education institutions through the EFMD seal of excellence.

The Accreditation Team of the Faculty International Business

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