FIBAA Accreditation

FIBAA System Accreditation

WHU successfully passed the system accreditation process, supervised and evaluated by the accreditation agency FIBAA, as one of the first German Business Schools. The process was concluded without conditions by decision of the FIBAA Accreditation Commission on March 30, 2012, with the awarding of the quality seal of the Accreditation Council. In addition, Dr. Achim Hopbach, managing director of the Accreditation Council, observed the process as a guest. The experts and the commissioners certified WHU a quality culture that is supported by a broad awareness of quality in the university. They concluded that the full quality assurance system of the Business School guarantees a very high quality in teaching and learning. Furthermore, the quality assurance system draws from the fact that all stakeholders are closely involved. With resolution from February 29, 2008, the German Accreditation Council has introduced the instrument of quality assurance in the German university sector as an addition to the existing program accreditation.

Key aspect of the system accreditation is the school’s internal quality assurance system. A successfully completed accreditation means that all programs that have been approved by the quality assurance system are automatically accredited for another six years. In the course of the system accreditation, structures and processes, which are relevant for academic studies and teaching, are being assessed in terms of assuring conformity with the qualification targets and a high quality of the study programs, during which the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ESG), the guidelines of the Conference of German Cultural Ministers (KMK) and the criteria of the Accreditation Council are applied.

A positive system accreditation certifies the school that its internal quality assurance system for teaching and learning is suitable to assure the achievement of qualification targets and standards for its programs. Following a successful system accreditation, separate program accreditations are no longer necessary.

FIBAA Program Accreditation

All study programs at WHU are recognized by the state. As an essential part of the recognition process, the Bachelor Program, the Master Program, the MBA Program and the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program successfully completed the accreditation process of the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) in September 2005. The accreditation was still issued in September that year. It also includes the awarding of a quality label by the "Foundation for the Accreditation of Study Programs in Germany" (Accreditation Council).

The internationally recognized bachelor's and master's degrees have been introduced in Germany in 2010 as a replacement for "diploma" and "magister" degrees. The aim of this reform, which is based on the so-called Bologna Declaration, is to create an open European area for higher education. However, in addition to the better comparability of the degrees, the transparency of the curricula, as well as the compatibility of the standards have to be increased. To ensure the quality of higher education, vocational training and research, all newly structured programs must be accredited in accordance with the common requirements of the Ministry of Culture Conference (KMK).

The accreditation system in Germany is decentralized. The "Foundation for the Accreditation of Study Programs in Germany" accredits agencies, which are then authorized to accredit universities and Business Schools. In 2010 and 2011, all study programs have been recognized by the FIBAA. Furthermore, the Bachelor Program, the Full-Time MBA Program and the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program were awarded the Premium Seal as a special award.