30 Years of Munich Business School
In 2021, Munich Business School celebrates its 30th anniversary. 30 years of teaching and research, during which a lot has happened - from location changes to a renaming to new study programs and much more. The MBS community has also grown during these 30 years, because behind all these facts lies a multitude of people with their very individual stories, all of whom have decided to follow their path with MBS.
We say thank you and invite you to explore the history and values of MBS better and look forward to welcoming you at our anniversary speaker events. Together with experts, we will take a look at current and forward-looking topics in the world of work that are also in focus at MBS - digitalization, innovation, diversity, sustainability, women in leadership, corporate culture, etc.
Keep checking back, there will be exciting news and information about the university's 30th anniversary to discover here throughout the year. Stay tuned!
30 years of MBS - means to me...
Prof. Dr. Stefan Baldi, Dean
30 years of MBS, that means 30 years of change and 30 years of continuity: change through our innovative approaches, especially in practice-oriented teaching - continuity in our values:
Globally-minded, innovative and responsible. It is a great pleasure to accompany MBS in its development and I would like to thank the very special people who make up this university.
Prof. Dr. Patricia Kraft, Vice Dean Learning and Teaching
For me, 30 years of MBS represents comprehensive and diverse learning and teaching opportunities that are constantly changing, adapting, and improving with the MBS environment and stakeholders.
This creates a unique atmosphere of mutual learning and exchange as well as the development of many new ideas and projects.
Lea Möhring, Vice Chancellor
For me, MBS is a "global village": a place where people from all over the world meet to learn with and from each other in a family atmosphere.
MBS at Lindwurmhof
Did you know that there was a dance school in the Lindwurmhof above the MBS premises?
The students and lecturers heard the dancers from above through the ceiling - dancing the cha-cha, foxtrot and waltz. Before the exam period, there was extra consultation so that it would not be too loud. Even the shunting of trains at the nearby freight station could often be heard.
Structure of the university management
Did you know, that the university management, which normally includes president, dean and chancellor, consisted of only one person in the early days?
Heinrich Müller and subsequently Jean-Jacques Ferrand were the first directors of the eba from 1991 to 2001.
Lecturers at MBS
Did you know that some MBS lecturers have been teaching at the university since its foundation?
Prof. Dr. Wolfang Zirus is the "oldest" lecturer, he has been on board since 1991. Prof. Dr. Gabriella Maráz and Prof. Dr. Harald Müllich also know the beginnings of the university from the 1990s. Among the administrative staff there are also some who have been working at MBS for more than 20 years.
Did you know that the diploma program at eba/MBS already included a mandatory stay abroad?
The eba was part of the association of European Business Schools International (ebsi). Students at that time spent the third year of their diploma studies at two different partner universities and companies in London, Paris, Milan or Madrid. Later, universities in Andorra, Brussels and Dublin were added.
Internationality of our students
Did you know that the percentage of our international students has increased to 55% since MBS was founded?
When MBS was founded, no international students were enrolled. But in the course of time more and more came, meanwhile MBS records a share of international students of 55%. They come from all over the world: China, India, South America, USA.
Campus on Elsenheimerstrasse
Did you know that the premises in Elsenheimerstrasse initially only extended over the third floor?
Over time, offices and seminar rooms were added on the second and second floors, as well as the lounge on the first floor, so that MBS is now represented on four floors at Elsenheimerstrasse 61.
Did you know that MBS has been among the top 10 universities in the WirtschaftsWoche university ranking every year for over 10 years?
The WirtschaftsWoche university ranking is carried out annually by the personnel service provider Universum Global. For the ranking, HR managers from companies with ten to thousands of employees are asked which universities they prefer to recruit employees from - and which criteria they pay particular attention to.
Practical orientation and study projects
Did you know that study projects and a practical orientation have always been firmly anchored in the eba/MBS study programs?
In the past, for example, students organized the annual graduation gala or the Globalingua language fair as part of their studies. Internships have also always been a fixed part of the curricula.
Number of students
Did you know that the number of students has more than tripled over the years?
In the early years, around 150 students studied at eba/MBS, plus an average of 50 exchange students from abroad.
Today, about 650 students from all over the world study at Munich Business School. Nevertheless, MBS is still one of the small universities that is close to its students and values the exchange among them.
Did you know that the number of study programs offered at MBS has increased tenfold since its foundation?
From 1991 to 2002, one could study the eight-semester diploma program International Business Administration at eba/MBS. In the course of time, the Bachelor International Business, four different Master programs, two MBA programs in full and part time, the DBA program as well as the two preparatory programs Pre-Bachelor and Pre-Master were added.
Our guests in the context of 30 years MBS
Our speakers are experts in their respective fields, some of them studied at MBS themselves and are looking forward to sharing their career paths, experiences and expertise with you.
Markus Barnikel studied International Business Administration in his first year at MBS. After his studies, he joined the (still) Internet startup Yahoo! After working with internet pioneers in Silicon Valley, Australia and Singapore, he returned to his home country Germany as CEO of mitfahrgelegenheit/carpooling.com. Markus now leads and advises companies at Eisbach Partners on digital transformation and strategy to help them grow and gain a foothold in the digital world.
Tobias Krüger is Division Manager Culture Change 4.0 at the Otto Group and reports to CEO Alexander Birken. Previously, as Division Manager "Corporate Strategy & Development", he was responsible for a large number of strategic projects and, from this position, recommended a cultural change process for the entire Otto Group in order to master the challenges of the digital transformation. Since 2017, he has led the Culture Change 4.0 team and rarely minces his words.
Katrin Heigl completed her master's degree at Munich Business School in 2007. She then began her career at Allianz SE, with positions not only in Munich, but also in Zurich, Dublin, Milan and Paris, and after a few years moved to the subsidiary Allianz Beratungs- und Vertriebs-AG. Currently, Katrin is responsible for Germany-wide bank sales as Sales Director. One topic that is particularly close to her heart is diversity. In this context, she has already launched the campaign "Allianz - more colorful than you think!" and, as a founder, has been actively involved in the internal women's network "Women@Allianz" for many years. For Katrin, the key to success lies above all in the cooperation of diverse teams.
Verena Hüni completed her master's degree in International Business at Munich Business School, including a semester abroad at Bond University in Australia. Since graduating in 2017, she has been working for the technology group/automotive supplier ZF. There, Verena Hüni was initially responsible for the introduction of the social intranet in the Internal & Change Communications department. She later moved to Human Resources, where she has been responsible for the strategic establishment and further development of the topic of diversity & inclusion as Diversity Manager for over three years. For Verena, diversity management is an absolute must in the workplace and a crucial success factor in today's world.
Patrick Löffler's career began when he was 17 years old and a member of the German national snowboard team. During his studies at Munich Business School (then still eba) in Munich, Paris and London, Patrick successfully ran his own bar. His thesis included the creation of a surf magazine - this was Patrick's first exit after a few years. After an 8-year corporate career, the MBS alumnus is finally back where his heart is: Patrick Löffler has now been an entrepreneur again for 11 years - as Co-Founder and CEO of the fintech company givve, which he founded in 2010 and successfully sold in 2018.
Rupert Schäfer is one of the founders and managing directors of The Nunatak Group. For over 10 years, he has been involved in the fields of digital media and their business models. Rupert previously worked at Hubert Burda Media, where he was a founding-team member and a producer for DLD (Digital, Life, Design), a conference all about the digital zeitgeist. He subsequently changed jobs, joining the business consultancy Result as a managing partner. Rupert has already founded several companies and is an active seed investor. He holds an degree from Munich Business School.
Alexander Thiede is Digital Transformation Lead - Western Europe at Microsoft. His Passion: Empowering people and businesses to be successful in the digital age. He loves innovation and encourages people to leverage the potential of digitalization and cloud computing in their business.
With more than 20 years in the IT industry, 15+ years business background and as pioneer living the new world of work at Microsoft International he has deep skillset able to influence at CxO Level.
Leading global transformation programs he knows exactly what it means to drive cultural change to be successful.
Wolfgang Metze has been Chief Consumer Officer (CCO) of Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG since August 2017. In this position, he is responsible for the consumer business with a clear focus on the customer experience while implementing a holistic approach that focuses on the entire household. Wolfgang Metze is responsible for the strategic direction and operational management of the consumer business to increase market share, grow revenues and position the core brands O2 and BLAU.
Vera Schneevoigt has been Chief Digital Officer and Head of Development at the Bosch Building Technologies division since April 1, 2019. Bosch Building Technologies is a leading international supplier of products and systems for security and communications.
Vera Schneevoigt advises politicians at federal and state level on the impact of digitalization on the world of work and is a board member of Münchner Kreis. Her heart beats for diversity and the promotion of women in digital professions. In 2020, Vera Schneevoigt was awarded the EMOTION.award in the category "Women in Leadership", in 2018 she was among the winners of the 25 Women Award of the business platform Edition F.
For 30 years, Munich Business School, a state-recognized German Council of Science and Humanities-accredited private university for business, has been educating cosmopolitan and entrepreneurial personalities to become responsible leaders of tomorrow. In doing so, it always follows its three core values:
Munich Business School offers its students and customers an inspiring and innovative academic environment for their personal development.
Using the latest and varied teaching and learning methods, which include group work, project work, internships, expert lectures, poster presentations or company excursions, students can go beyond themselves in their pursuit for knowledge and gain a taste of practical experience.
Besides entrepreneurial success, respectful and responsible interaction with one another and the natural resources are at the heart of education at Munich Business School.
Social service projects, volunteer work and participation in global action days such as the World Cleanup Day are fixed components of the study curricula as well as the corporate culture.
MBS is committed to diversity and inclusion and opens up academic and professional perspectives to students from all over the world. More than half of all MBS students are international students from over 70 nations.
In addition to business knowledge, the university trains the foreign language and intercultural competence of its students through mandatory semesters and internships abroad, international exchange with students and lecturers, and a corresponding course portfolio.