SHB spotlight

Quality requirements exceeded on several fronts

Several SIBE degrees gain FIBAA accreditation

The Master of Arts in Management and Master of Science in International Management at SHB’s School of International Business and Entrepreneurship (SIBE) have gained official accreditation from the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA). In a number of areas, they even exceeded FIBAA quality standards. In their closing report, the FIBAA experts emphasized the particular strengths of SIBE degrees as being the selection process, the marriage of theory and practice, the fostering of career skills, the positioning of the degrees in the education and employment market, and the teaching concept.

According to the FIBAA auditors, the tuition style and methodology at the SIBE “provides plenty of room for active, participatory teaching and learning methods, thus taking into account the aims of the project competence degree – to foster students’ professional abilities and help them transfer [insights] into their future roles as managers”. As studies are integrated into live projects within companies, graduates of the master’s degree programs demonstrate excellent professional skills. Commenting on this, the FIBAA experts wrote, “As the development of professional skills plays a central role in all stages of a degree and [the degrees are] systematically tailored to the needs of the job market, it is hardly surprising that graduates have few problems finding work.” Central to this is the role played by careers advice and the SIBE placement service – which also exceeded FIBAA quality standards.

A success for graduates

The BSc in Physician Assistance produces its first graduates

Earlier this year, the first graduation ceremony took place for students completing a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistance. Thinking about the future, Prof. Dr. Marc O. Schurr, Director of the Steinbeis Transfer Institute for Healthcare Industries (IHCI), emphasized the role played by the degree in promoting healthcare careers.

Speaking on behalf of the university and his department, Prof. Schurr congratulated the first ever graduates of a German Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistance. And in the graduation address, the degree’s clinical program director Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Bauer, MBA, Senior Physician at MediClin Herzzentrum Lahr/Baden GmbH & Co. KG, looked back on his time with the students, highlighting the importance of clinical instruction as part of the program. Prof. Bauer also discussed the emergence of Physician Assistance as a new field of medical education.

Dr. med. Jürgen Ennker, a private lecturer, medical director and senior consultant in the heart, thoracic and vascular surgery department of the MediClin Heart Center, used his speech to explain the role played by physician assistants in open heart surgery and described his experience as a clinical director. The welcome address on behalf of the European Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion was given by Dipl.-Med. Päd. Frank Merkle, Director of the Steinbeis Transfer Institute for Perfusion at the German Heart Institute in Berlin. Bringing the ceremony to a close, SHB President Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Johann Löhn presented the graduates with their graduation certificates.

Even closer links between fraud prevention and compliance

A partnership between School GRC and the ACFE

The German chapter of the Association Of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and the School of Governance, Risk & Compliance (School GRC) at Steinbeis University Berlin (SHB) will be working even more closely with each other on training programs in the future.

Thanks to the new partnership, professional qualifications gained by Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) now count towards a state-approved MBA specializing in Governance, Risk, Compliance & Fraud Management.

Praising the partnership and commenting on the benefits it will bring to his members, Tom Woodson, Chairman of the German chapter of the ACFE, said, “The professional qualification to become a certified fraud examiner now offers even wider practical and scientific applications – and is also gaining even greater acceptance among universities.”

The MBA degree at the School of Governance, Risk & Compliance is centered on the prevention of fraudulent practice, compliance, and corporate governance. The fifth intake of students is due to start in October of this year.

Winds of change sweep through the property market

A new bachelor’s and master’s degree program specializing in real estate

Complex fiscal issues, portfolio strategies, innovative marketing, the accelerating pace of internationalization – these are all key topics which play an ever more prominent role in today’s real estate market. As any professional involved in the property market will tell you, managers are facing increasing pressure on all sides. Against this backdrop, the Center for Real Estate Studies (CRES) is now offering two bachelor’s and master’s degrees for people in full-time employment. The CRES is the result of a partnership between the School of Management and Innovation (SMI) at the SHB and the German real estate academy Deutsche Immobilien-Akademie (DIA).

The Bachelor of Arts in Real Estate is an undergraduate business administration and real estate management degree that dovetails closely with programs offered by the DIA. Students are also enrolled at SHB’s CRES, allowing them to benefit from an integrated study program. This study program at the CRES is thus a shining example of “academic permeability” – exactly what German politicians and business people have been demanding for decades.

The postgraduate Master of Arts in Real Estate explores strategic real estate management in greater depth. A specialized degree, it is targeted at experienced professionals who already have a university degree, albeit less specialized. Students are given complex tasks to complete and thus learn how to merge different disciplines and implement successful business strategies. To complement modules, students can also opt to attend a summer school outside Germany. The Master of Arts in Real Estate degree program starts in the autumn of 2009. Entry to both programs is possible at any time and all applications are welcome.

Sustainable Leadership at Steinbeis University

A new institute offering managers a new way to gain qualifications

“The managers of tomorrow will be judged by the amount of responsibility they assume for entrepreneurial undertakings worldwide – including through personal action.” That’s the belief of Prof. Dr. Wilfried Mödinger, head of the recently founded Steinbeis Transfer Institute IBR Institute of Sustainable Leadership at Steinbeis University Berlin.

The aim of the institute is to allow managers to gain qualifications in sustainable leadership and value-oriented management skills, via a specially-tailored executive management program. The program spans three modules: the contemplation of meaning and personal values in management practice; working as a manager on a global socioeconomic project; and the development of new business processes through sustainable management.

The institute offers two different programs: “management expert for sustainable business processes” and a “corporate volunteer and manager sans frontiers”. Graduates of both programs receive certification from the Steinbeis University Berlin. The role played by a “manager sans frontiers” is particularly interesting – managers learn to apply their management knowledge and skills to a global, socio-economic transfer project and thus develop sustainable leadership skills through a mixture of reflection and instruction. The program was developed with the support of the German Manager ohne Grenzen foundation.


Prof. Dr. Wilfried Mödinger
Steinbeis Transfer Institute IBR Institute of Sustainable Leadership (Stuttgart)

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