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Global Partners and Networks

To prepare tomorrow’s managers for a globally connected working environment, we have built a strong and lasting international network. Partnerships are strongly characterised by an intensive collaboration involving a broad range of initiatives and activities. These include international degree programmes, a lively student exchange, global research projects and joint publications.


Global Networks

Read here to discover more about the international networks in which ESB Business School is actively involved.

International Partnership of Business Schools (IPBS)

With over 2,000 students the IPBS network is the largest university cooperation programme in Europe. The ESB Business School offers two degree programmes together with partner universities of the network:

BSc International Management Double Degree with a double degree from the two countries students study in

MSc Global Management and Digital Competencies with a fully integrated stay at a partner university and double degree options

Further information can be found on the IPBS website.

AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)

The AACSB International is the largest business school network in the world and the most important international accreditation organisation for business education institutions. The AACSB pursues the goal to continuously improve the quality of global business training. Since 2019 ESB Business School has borne the seal of quality of the AACSB and is thus among the top five percent of all international business schools. The seal confirms compliance with high quality standards in training and research.

Further information can be found on the AACSB website

International Association of Business Engineering Professionals (IABEP)

IABEP is a new international network of universities and companies with a focus on delivering high quality and practice-oriented education programmes at the interface of business and technology. It also encourages innovative applied research projects. ESB Business School currently offers the following degree programme within the IABEP network:

BSc International Operations and Logistics Management

Further Information on IABEP can be found on the IABEP website

Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

This initiative institutionalises the relations between the United Nations and business schools worldwide and has dedicated itself to the promotion of responsible management education. Reutlingen University and ESB Business School are active members of the organisation and regularly report about measures to support a responsible management education.

You will find further information on the website of PRME.

European University Association (EUA)

The EUA represents more than 800 universities and national rectors’ conferences in 48 European countries. EUA plays a crucial role in the Bologna Process and in influencing EU policies on higher education, research and innovation. Through continuous interaction with a range of other European and international organisations, EUA ensures that the independent voice of European universities is heard. Reutlingen University is an individual full member of the EUA.

Further information is available on the EUA website.

German-French University (DFH)

The DFH (German-French University) is a network of universities from Germany and France which enhances the cooperation between the two countries in the area of further education and research. It promotes the relations and the exchange between German and French universities, including the establishment of binational degree programmes, doctoral and research programmes.
For many years the DFH has been supporting the following programmes:

BSc International Management Double Degree (IMX) 

MA European Management Studies

You will find further information on the DFH website.

International Association of Learning Factories (IALF)

IALF is an international network of innovative learning factories of which ESB Business School is one of the founding members. The network promotes knowledge transfer, the exchange of students and academics as well as the scientific advancement of the Learning Factory System.

Further information on IALF

International Partner Universities

We cooperate with over 120 internationally renowned partner universities from more than 40 countries to provide excellent business, management and industrial engineering programmes with a global orientation. Our partner universities offer opportunities for study periods abroad that are adapted to the respective programmes. Every semester more than 500 ESB students study abroad – in return we welcome a similarly large number of international students to Reutlingen.

Our partnerships live from continuous dialogue, close organisational coordination as well as an extensive professional exchange of information and best practices. Regular meetings, guest lecturing, joint research as well as an open and constructive communication culture create a special atmosphere of active and fruitful cooperation.

Further information about ESB Business School’s partner universities can be found in the partner universities database.