History of ESB Business School

With around 2.500 students, more than 60 professors and over 50 members of staff, ESB Business School at Reutlingen University is one of the biggest business management schools in Germany. Internationality, professionalised services such as the career center, marketing, alumni and company support are trademarks of ESB Business School. The school implements international quality standards and is endeavouring to enhance its internationality and attractiveness.  

ESB Business School is awarded the AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) seal of approval by one of the world's leading accreditation organisations for business education. The decision confirms the faculty’s fulfilment of superior quality standards in education and research. Indeed, only five percent of all business schools worldwide possess this esteemed title.

In cooperation with Stellenbosch University in South Africa, the MSc Digital Industrial Management and Engineering degree programme starts in the summer semester 2017. The focus of the programme is on applied research.

In the winter semester 2014/2015 the German-Chinese degree programme in the International Management Double Degree starts.
The International Logistics Management degree programme (ILM) has been restructured and changed its name to International Operations and Logistics Management (IOLM) as of the winter semester 2014/2015. The duration of study has been extended to 8 semesters, a study semester abroad and an internship abroad are now mandatory. Further, there are more lectures in English as well as the option of an international double degree with a Malaysian partner university.
The Produktionsmanagement degree programme has been renamed Production Management (PM) as of the winter semester 2014/2015, a semester abroad is now mandatory in the degree programme.

The “MSc Logistics Management” and “MSc Production Management” degree programmes are combined in the “MSc Operations Management” degree programme.
The School is awarded the system accreditation of the FIBAA. The “International Management Double Degree” programme is awarded the Premium Seal of the FIBAA.

The three schools involved in business management and industrial engineering education at Reutlingen University, the European School of Business, the School of International Business and Production Management, merge in 2008. As a leading state business school they now offer under the brand “ESB Business School” more than 19 study programmes with Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees, accredited to international standards and in accordance with the Bologna Process.

Start of the “Master of Production Management”, “Master of Logistics Management” study programmes and of the Double Degree with ESC Lille, France, at the School of Production Management. In order to encourage closer cooperation with industry, in the same year an advisory board with representatives from renowned companies is formed. At the same time students majoring in Production Management start to set up an alumni network for joint activities with alumni and graduates of these degree programmes.
Start of “International Business Development” (IBD) and “International Accounting and Taxation” (IAT) Master’s degree programmes at the SIB.
Since 2008 many new degree programmes have been launched in ESB Business School’s fields of competence International Business Management and International Industrial Engineering.

Introduction of the Bachelor and Master system for International Business and Production Management.

Integration of FIM in ESB, with the new name “European School of Business – ESB”.

An initiative of the professors aimed at providing sustained support for companies leads to the establishment of the “Association for the Promotion of International Management Training” (“Verein zur Förderung der internationalen Managementausbildung”, V.I.M.A). More than 30 companies are members of this association, supporting the Business School in optimally conveying aspects from practice, theory and science as well as promoting the professional development of the graduates.

At the beginning of the winter semester 1997/98 the special degree programme “International Business” is introduced as an further business management degree programme at the School of International Trade. The course was developed within the special programme for “internationally oriented degree programmes”, which is promoted by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as an innovative degree programme with a special focus on participants from abroad.

The name School of International Trade (AW) is changed to “School of International Business” (SIB) and FW to “School of Production Management” (“Produktionsmanagement”, PM).

At the school of “International Marketing“ a graduate programme with a deliberate international focus is started in a dedicated school (FIM) with staff of the Export Academy and with partners in Europe, the USA, Japan and China. With its professional distance learning structure, also allowing flexible part-time studying, it is one of the first programmes of its kind in Germany.
At Reutlingen University there are now four schools of economic sciences (AW, FW, ESB, FIM) as well as one state-owned organisation (EA).

Founding of the “Export Academy” (“Export-Akademie”, EA)

In 1983 the “Euro Alumni e.V.” is created, a platform for students and graduates for maintaining contact with fellow students and the Alma Mater. This institution has meanwhile developed into becoming one of the strongest alumni networks at a German business school.

In cooperation with the partner university in Reims, France, and the English partner university in Middlesex, London (from 1998 with Lancaster University), a range of courses is launched at Reutlingen University through the separation from the School of International Trade, which at the time is revolutionary in Germany. It comprises a joint, fully integrated study programme with foreign partner universities with a double degree at the end as well as its own selection procedure for the students: the “European Study Programme in Business Management” (“Europäisches Studienprogramm für Betriebswirtschaft”, ESB).
Further partner universities are added over the years: Madrid (Spain, 1986), Dublin (Ireland, 1996), Boston, (USA, 1996), Bloomington (USA, 1998), Piacenza (Italy, 2002).  The University of Puebla (Mexico) joins the International Partnership of Business Schools (IPBS) in 2004. 

Founding of an alumni association for International Trade on 4 October 1976 as the “Association of Reutlingen Business Managers“ (“Verband Reutlinger Betriebswirte“).

Until 1975 there is only the school of “Business Management“. On 18 June 1975 the school is divided into the schools of “International Trade“ (AW) and ”Production Management“ (FW).

In the winter semester 1972/73 the externally focused International Trade degree programme is complemented by the more internally focused study programme “Production Management” (“Fertigungswirtschaft”).

The School of Business Management opens in the winter semester 1971/72 with the degree programme “International Trade” (“Außenwirtschaft”, AW).