University of Cologne Executive School


The University

The University of Cologne (UoC) was founded in 1388 and is one of the oldest and prestigious universities in Europe. Counting more than 49.000 students and six faculties covering a broad spectrum of disciplines, the UoC is the third largest university in Germany. Furthermore, the UoC is a foundation member of CEMS - The Global Alliance in Management Education and was honored by the Excellence Initiative of the German government. 

The Business School

The University of Cologne Executive School gGmbH is responsible for executive education at the University of Cologne. It was founded in 2015 and cooperates with national and international partners to offer excellent advanced management training for both young professionals and international top managers. 

Our main benefits:

Premium management education: Latest insights from top business research and practice, taught at the University of Cologne which is known as an excellent University with an outstanding faculty for management education and research.

Co-operation with highly respected national and international partners: Inter alia the co-operation with the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University to establish the triple crowned Executive MBA program in Cologne.

Located in Cologne: In the heart of one of Germany’s largest economic centres.

Convenient formats: A program schedule which allows you to balance weekday work and private life with improving your professional skills.

Networking: Great alumni network and classmates with diversity of backgrounds enriches your network and broadens your horizon.

Career-promoting: A highly respected academic qualification, which will allow you to take your career to the next level.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Cologne Rotterdam Executive MBA

Campus Full time 24 months September 2017 Germany Cologne

A double degree EMBA in cooperation with the triple-crown accredited Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). [+]

The Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA programme has been established in cooperation with the triple-crown accredited Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). The Cologne-Rotterdam EMBA is a double degree, thus the successfully completion of the study programme leads to the award of 2 distinctive MBA degrees: a MBA from the University of Cologne and a MBA from RSM. It’s a well-established fact that Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of the top business schools in Europe. Over the past 45 years, its reputation for the quality of its research and teaching has resulted in strong and mutual bonds with multinational businesses based in the port city of Rotterdam. The long history of the University of Cologne is one of world-class academic education, serving society in a region that can be described as one of the engine rooms of European industry, manufacturing and business. EMBA: A partnership for your career This joint Executive MBA programme brings RSM’s expertise in delivering premium management education to Cologne. The relationship builds on the strengths of both institutions and locations, and brings world-class management education to the Rhine-Ruhr area. Our exciting new EMBA programme promises valuable management skills, and we warmly invite you to find out more. Why EMBA? Management development programme The 24-month Executive part-time MBA is taught in English and base on the top-ranked Executive MBA at RSM in Rotterdam. The classes will usually take place at the University of Cologne. The Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA is designed to enhance the progression of your career by preparing you for senior management challenges and responsibilities in German and international business arenas. The 1st year of the programme is designed to focus on analytical skills and critical thinking, mastering the fundamentals of business management in lectures such as Managerial Accounting, Business Decision Methods and Management Science, the 2nd year covers leadership development and the practice of leadership and fosters communication skills in lectures such as Business Sustainability und Leading Strategic Business Change. You will also have the opportunity to select three electives from a range of 30 specialisations such as Digital Transformation, Data Science, Brand Management and Financial Engineering. Over the 4 terms, a special focus is put on the development of the leadership skills of the EMBA participants with a continuous Personal Leadership Development Programm and individual coaching sessions with professional executive coaches. This development program is completed by the last study trip to Andalusia. Convenient schedule The programme schedule is designed to be conveniently structured around your lifestyle with a straightforward weekend format. Classes usually take place every other weekend on Friday evening (18h30-21h30) and Saturday (9h30 until 16h30). In addition to that there are 4 full-time weeks during the 2 years: The welcome week in the beginning of term 1 A lecture week in Rotterdam in term 2 First international study trip in term 3 (1 week) Second international study trip in term 4 (1 week) Key benefits of our management training programs Leadership and team-building skills Develop your ability to bring out the best in people and yourself via our intense and participant-centred Personal Leadership Development programme. Analytical and critical thinking Change the way you think about business issues, deconstruct problems, and create strategies. Learn the techniques and frameworks used by the best business thinkers in the field. Applied learning Bring value to your current position and organisation through assignments that require you to apply what you learn in your day-to-day work. International perspective and experience Expand your understanding of business in different economic and cultural environments. Broad general management knowledge Gain a real understanding of the workings of all aspects of your organisation and its place in a globalising economy. Long-term Career Impact Improved performance in your organisation and recognition as a professional with ambition and advanced knowledge. The knowledge and credentials to succeed in a senior management position, acknowledged by the entire business community. A changed perception of yourself and a change in the perception others have of you; personal and professional empowerment. New connections with executives representing companies that support the Executive MBA events and activities. A global corporate network of the talented international peers within the programme, as well as those from both University of Cologne and RSM. You will join alumni from all our degree programmes – some 49,000 professionals in over 80 countries. Alumni activities and lifelong learning in a growing community; annual class reunions, regional chapters, industry-specific affinity groups, discussion panels and conferences, plus social events. Application criteria and requirements In order to be eligible for this programme, you will need to demonstrate: Professional achievements and goals: a minimum of four years of postgraduate work experience. This experience should demonstrate clear evidence of solid career progression Academic excellence: a university degree or equivalent* Proficiency in the English language: a strong command of the English language Leadership abilities: experience managing people or projects [-]

Location address
Universitätsstraße 24, Köln
Cologne, North Rhine Westphalia, 50931 DE