GISMA Business School granted degree awarding powers

Importance of ‘University of Applied Sciences’ status

As a University of Applied Sciences, GISMA is now entitled to award bachelors and masters’ degrees. This recognition grants GISMA degree awarding powers and the opportunity to launch its Hochschule, a tertiary education institution. The focus of GISMA Business School is on teaching practice-oriented skills in digital transformation, business, technology and agribusiness.

This is an incredible achievement for us. For over 20 years our strong industry roots and international inter-connectedness made GISMA a unique place to study.- Professor Dr Stefan Stein, newly-appointed President of GISMA Business School

Professor Dr Stefan Stein, newly-appointed President of GISMA Business School, said: “Becoming a University of Applied Sciences is the logical next step in our ambition to educate and prepare students from all over the world for the global and regional business community on a high academic level. A digital revolution is evolving out there, faster and faster. This does not only affect traditional industries, but also our universities. We will now be able to contribute to a new education revolution, offering a multidisciplinary approach reflecting the changes in qualification and competences demand of the outside world.”

Features & Accreditation

GISMA Business School is launching the Hochschule in two locations – Potsdam and Berlin – with seven programmes which are all state recognised. The institution is AMBA-accredited which denotes the highest gold standard of achievement in postgraduate business education. All the programmes are also validated by Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) validating the programmes


The programmes, delivered in English, and both online and on campus, includes a Global MBA; MScs in Leadership for Digital Transformation, International Agribusiness, International Business Management, and Data Science, AI and Digital Business; and BScs in International Business Management, and Data Science, AI and Digital Business.


The University of Applied Sciences is based in Potsdam, the capital and largest city of the German federal state of Brandenburg. The campus, which will open in 2021, is located near the Innovation Centre of SAP, one of the world’s largest enterprise software companies.

GISMA’s Berlin campus, which is already operating as GISMA Business School, occupies facilities in Dessauer Strasse in the heart of the German capital, close to Potsdamer Platz and some of the key players in the corporate world, the main government and public institutions.

“The two locations will add great value to the students’ learning experience. In Potsdam they will benefit from the proximity with the SAP Centre and Potsdam’s network of industry leaders, and Berlin is regarded as one of the most dynamic and innovative business hubs in the world,” added Professor Stein.

GISMA Business School is now ready to welcome students to its newly launched programmes under the University status with practice-oriented and inspiring management education that enables students to be engaged in life-long learning and synergizing relevant academic science and practice. To know more on the programmes on offer by GISMA Business School, click here. To know more about the Berlin or Potsdam area, click here.

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