Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA gains AMBA accreditation

A unique executive MBA dual-degree programme has received accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA). This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education. The Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA  24-month international part-time programme for managers was developed by two institutions; Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and the Business School of the University of Cologne (UoC). It welcomed its first students to the Cologne classroom in September 2016.

RSM’s other MBA programmes already have AMBA recognition among others in the school’s ‘triple crown’ of accreditations, one of only a few international business schools to have this.

The Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA programme, which is primarily delivered in Cologne, Germany, prepares 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. Successful participants receive two degrees at the end of the studies from two renowned business schools.

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

“We are pleased that the first cohort started successfully with great candidates last September and look forward to the second cohort in 2017. The programme offers an innovative, highly international and flexible learning experience of the highest quality,” says Prof. Ulrich Thonemann, managing director of the Business School of the University of Cologne.

Academic Director of the Cologne-Rotterdam MBA, Professor Steffen Giessner adds: “The new AMBA accreditation underlines the excellent quality and reputation – and the international orientation – of both schools and the quality of the Cologne-Rotterdam EMBA.”


Participants come from a broad range of sectors such as consulting and professional services; chemical and pharmacy; logistics and supply chain; software; energy and utilities; financial services and insurances; health and medical science; manufacturing and construction; and engineering and law.

Unique programme and network

The Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA programme prepares leaders from any business or industry background for senior management challenges and responsibilities, in local and international business arenas.

The Business School at the University of Cologne, founded in 2015, is based in the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne. With around 10,000 students and a large number of professors, the Faculty is one of Europe’s largest and most prestigious of its kind. The Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Science is accredited by EFMD/EQUIS. The Executive MBA programme is accredited by the national higher education accreditation organisation AQAS. Following the launch of the EMBA programme, further executive education programmes and short seminars for private individuals or business are planned for the future at the Business School of University of Cologne.


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Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s leading research-based business schools. 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. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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