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Our Accreditations

Our Accreditations

Accreditation of higher education institutions and programmes is an external means of assuring higher education quality. The aim is to ensure quality in teaching and education, improve international comparability and create transparency.


EQUIS Accreditation

The Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences was officially accredited by EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) in 2012 and awarded an EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) certificate. This is a special symbol of recognition of our high standard of quality – recognition currently enjoyed by only six business schools in Germany including the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne. The aim of the internationally recognised EQUIS accreditation system is to implement a common European quality standard for business schools that meets international standards. Successful EQUIS accreditation underlines an institution’s comprehensive efforts to continuously improve the quality of teaching and learning at an internationally competitive level and to raise its profile in Germany and abroad through long-established variety of subjects, excellent research, practical relevance and internationality.


AQAS Accreditation

The Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA was accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance through Accreditation of Study Programmes (AQAS) in August 2016. AQAS accreditation verifies the quality of a programme of study and creates transparency. The accreditation process gives particular consideration to whether subject-related quality standards are fulfilled and to the manageability of the programme. AQAS accreditation thus helps ensure international comparability and recognition and provides a reliable reference point for candidates wishing to apply for the programme.


Educational Leave & Education Voucher

The University of Cologne Business School has been accredited by the state of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) and the Cologne-Rotterdam EMBA as well as our certificate programmes and open programmes are state-approved educational programmes. Thus, EMBA students and participants of our programmes living and working in NRW are eligible to apply for five days of educational paid leave per year.

Additionally, you are eligible for an education voucher "Bildungscheck", which means that the state of NRW may grant you a financial aid of up to 500 € for further education purposes.

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