University of Cologne and RSM launch Executive MBA in Cologne

Cologne, 18 September 2015 --- With the launch of a new Executive MBA programme, business education is the latest commodity to travel a centuries-old trade route between Cologne in the west of Germany and Rotterdam in the west of the Netherlands. The Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA (CR-EMBA) is an international executive development programme for managers, developed by two esteemed institutions; the University of Cologne (UoC) and Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). The programme was officially launched on 18 September 2015 at the University of Cologne. 

The new 24-month executive part-time MBA is based on the well-established Executive MBA at RSM, a programme long recognised for its truly international level of leadership and international exposure. The Cologne-Rotterdam EMBA will prepare leaders from any business or industry background for senior management challenges and responsibilities, in local and international business arenas. The format involves studying every other weekend, and fits around the lifestyles of executives without interrupting their day-to-day work. Applications are now open for the Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA programme, which is taught in English and starts in September 2016.

World-class management education

After a short ceremony to officially launch the programme, Dean of RSM, Professor Steef van de Velde commented: “This joint Executive MBA programme uses RSM’s expertise in delivering premium management education and takes it to Cologne. The relationship builds on the strengths of both institutions and locations, and brings world-class management education to the Rühr-Rhine area, putting it within easy reach of managers in the region.”

Ulrich Thonemann, Dean of the Executive School of UoC said: “We consider that the partnership between the University of Cologne and RSM is a natural fit; a highly ranked university and a triple-accredited business school.”

Global business network

The programme will be highly selective, so fellow participants will become part of a unique network of globally-orientated managers. Teaching and visiting faculty are among the top academics in the world and will present the latest scientific research in a way that is designed for practical application in business during the academically rigorous programme.

For more information about the programme, curriculum and teaching faculty, as well as details of how to apply, visit

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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is a top-tier European business school and ranked among the top three for research. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who carry their innovative mindset into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. RSM also has an office in Taipei, Taiwan.

The University of Cologne (UoC) is the sixth oldest university in Central Europe and, with more than 48,000 students, one of the largest universities in Germany. It is also the German founding member of the Global Alliance in Management Education (CEMS). Since 2012, the university has been awarded in the German Universities Excellence Initiative for its overall concept. The university’s six faculties provide a wide range of scientific disciplines and internationally recognised research profiles. The UoC has a strong international network with more than 300 partner institutions worldwide and has international offices in New York, Beijing and New-Delhi.

For more information on this release, please contact Marianne Schouten, Media & Public Relations Manager for RSM, on +31 10 408 2877 or by email at or Aurélie Civel, Executive School of UoC, on +49 221 470 7970 or by email at

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