About us

Our history, accreditations and partners are the strength of Gisma University of Applied Sciences

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Our Global MBA programme is AMBA accredited, an honour shared by only 5 other German universities and 2% of universities worldwide.

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Chance to earn €105,000*, the average MBA graduate salary in Germany.


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Flexible payment plans and incentives are available.

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Corporate partners with English speaking global organisations in Germany.

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Free German lessons and programmes taught 100% in English.

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Join a network of students from over 80+ nationalities across the globe

Gisma University of Applied Sciences


Prof. Dr. Maurits van Rooijen

Chairman of Gisma’s Board of Governors

Prof. Dr. Fotis Papageorgiou

Prof. Dr. Fotis Papageorgiou

Vice-President (Academic); Professor of Social Sciences

Prof. Dr. Renata Thiébaut

Prof. Dr. Renata Thiébaut

Professor of Marketing (Academic);

Prof. Dr. Ahmad Abu-Alkheil

Prof. Dr. Ahmad Abu-Alkheil

Programme Leader International Business Management

Prof. Dr. Mohammad Mahdavi

Prof. Dr. Mohammad Mahdavi

Programme Leader Data Science, AI, and Digital Business; Leadership for Digit…

Prof. Dr. Ralph Frank

Prof. Dr. Ralf Frank

Programme Leader Global MBA; Professor of Organisational Transformation

We strongly value diversity in the backgrounds, ideas, strengths, interests and experiences of our students, faculty and staff.

Faculty and team

Our Journey

Gisma has been established in 1999. Since then, it has steadily developed and grown from a local provider in executive education to an international university. Gisma University of Applied Sciences is headquartered in Potsdam, with an additional location in Berlin.

Since 2013, it has been part of Global University Systems (GUS). GUS is an international network of universities and other institutions in the education sector that have come together out of a shared passion for accessible, practical educational qualifications.

GUS offers a wide range of programmes, including bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes, vocational qualifications, language training, as well as corporate and executive education. When someone chooses to study at one of the GUS institutions – whether on campus in Europe, North America or from their home – they join a network of 75,000 students worldwide.

Beyond Germany, GUS has campuses for example in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Singapore, and Israel.

In 2020, GISMA Business School has been state recognised as Gisma University of Applied Sciences by the German federal state of Brandenburg and granted degree awarding powers. This is being accompanied by the expansion into its brand-new flagship campus in Potsdam and of its portfolio to include programmes in areas such as Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, with degrees awarded directly by Gisma University of Applied Sciences.

We strongly believe in the positive power of change as a motor for continuous improvement and innovation.

Leaders for the Future

Our faculty and staff are passionate about creating the leaders of tomorrow.

Students are supported in their search for internships and jobs in Germany. With our Career Centre, our students have access to numerous employers ranging from start-ups to SMEs, hidden champions to the world’s largest technology companies. Collaborations between Gisma and employers enable students to find exciting job opportunities and work on joint projects.

Discover our range of programmes here to start on your journey with Gisma University of Applied Sciences.

Gisma – a member of GGG

Gisma University of Applied Sciences is part of GUS Germany GmbH (GGG), a dynamic network of higher education institutions with more than 15,000 students at locations in Germany, Europe, and beyond.

Our mission is to nurture visionary leaders who are capable of driving meaningful impact for society. With a thriving student body of over 15,000+ learners across our various institutions, we offer a wide range of academic disciplines, including business, technology, data science, engineering, sports, and the fine arts. Students seeking to enroll in one of our esteemed institutions can choose from a selection of prime locations. Our institutions are located all around Europe (Berlin, Hamburg, Potsdam, Iserlohn, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam) as well as Dubai, where we offer the first German degree in the UAE.

For more information please visit the website www.gusgermany.com or the GGG Linkedin.