IBR History

IBR's history is a best practice example of German craftsmanship, global entrepreneurship and exporting, what the world considers to be "made in Germany".

GERMANY

2019

FIBAA Reaccreditation IBR Global MBA

For second time after 2010, FIBAA awards the Global MBA with the prestigious “Premium Seal” award. With this international programmatic accreditation, FIBAA recognizes IBR’s continuous innovation efforts in expanding the Global MBA’s competitive edge.

GERMANY

2019

Accreditation by the German Accreditation Council

The IBR Global MBA concurs with all quality requirements for master programs as stipulated by the German Government through the German Accreditation Council.

Namibia

2018

Second graduation for Africans outside Germany

IBR Global MBA graduates in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, invite Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Johann Löhn to celebrate the second fully African graduation ceremony. A historic event that was broadcasted on TV by the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation.

Zimbabwe

2018

First graduation for Africans outside Germany

University President Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Johann Löhn holds the first African graduation ceremony in Zimbabwe for IBR Global MBA graduates: A great recognition for the work done by IBR. Till 2018, African graduates had to travel to Germany for graduation ceremonies.

Australia

2016

The Victorian Vernier Society

Dr Andreas Kelling, President of IBR, is invited as keynote speaker to share first-hand experience with the German model of work-integrated higher education to Australian Engineering companies in Melbourne, Australia.

India

2015

IBR expands in India

IBR concludes a collaboration agreement with the Academy for German Business Management Private Limited in Chennai, India.

South Africa

2014

IBR enters South Africa

With study centers around South Africa, the time has come to also start a Global MBA group in Johannesburg. The first international cohort includes students from Europe and Africa.

Zimbabwe

2013

IBR enters Zimbabwe

BR kicks-off the first Zimbabwean Global MBA group. Today, Zimbabwean Global MBA cohorts attract candidates not only from Southern and Eastern Africa including countries like Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa, but also from the Middle East, the UK and Australia.

Israel

2010

Global MBA students consult the Israeli government

Students from Hungary, India, Namibia and Ukraine consult the Israeli Ministry of Tourism how to increase incoming tourism from their home countries. A masterpiece for the internationalization of the Global MBA program.

Germany

2010

FIBAA Reaccreditation IBR Global MBA

FIBAA honors IBR with the prestigious “Premium Seal”, a bold statement that the Global MBA continues to exceed by far rigorous quality requirements for business education of the German, Swiss and Austrian industries.

Namibia

2010

IBR enters Namibia

After the Namibian Qualifications Authorities clear the Global MBA, IBR recruits and kicks-off the first Namibian MBA cohort in the Southwest of the African continent.

China

2009

First residential in Shanghai

Together with the German Chamber of Commerce ‘Greater China’ IBR designed a unique learning experience for its Global MBA students to get acquainted with success stories of German companies in China.

Mozambique

2009

IBR expands to the first African country

IBR concludes a collaboration agreement with the Instituto Superior de Ciências e Tecnologia de Moçambique in Maputo, Mozambique and introduces the Global MBA to the first Portuguese speaking country.

USA

2009

The first residential in Manhattan

A novum: On Wallstreet in New York City, IBR conducts a residential period with Global MBA students from Europe and Asia. This is an important milestone in the internationalization of the Global MBA.

Israel

2009

IBR and The Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce

IBR and the FICC conclude a collaboration agreement for the Global MBA in Israel and Israeli business relations with IBR international markets

Hungary

2008

IBR and the KPMG Academy in Hungary

IBR signs a contract with KPMG Academy to integrate the Global MBA into their course portfolio. KPMG students join the most international version of the Global MBA with seminars in the United States, China, India, Germany, Israel and Ukraine

India

2008

IBR enters India

After having graduated many Indian expats, mainly for the pharmaceutical industries in Europe, IBR opens its second Asian campus in Hyderabad, India. Indian MBA students study together with participants from Europe and Africa

Germany

2008

IBR becomes part of Steinbeis University Berlin

IBR accepts an invitation to become the Global Business School of Steinbeis University with the purpose to export executive management education 'Made in Germany'. As of 2008, the IBR MBA is known as the IBR Global MBA.

Israel

2006

IBR in the Startup Nation Israel

IBR lays the foundation to create an international campus for IBR students from all over the world in one of the first and historic buildings on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel

Germany

2005

FIBAA Reaccreditation IBR MBA

FIBAA comments: “ the entire concept is trend-setting from the experts’ point of view. … the program is certainly recommended as a model for many other MBA programs”.

USA

2004

IBR attracts development funds

Geneva Global INC, USA entrusts IBR capital to develop and deliver leadership trainings for SME companies in Israel and Ukraine.

Germany

2003

IBR brings to life the 'renaissance' in Germany

Till 2010, IBR students graduate in the historic Casimirianum (Neustadt an der Weinstrasse), a branch of the famous Heidelberg University. IBR proudly continues Heidelberg's university tradition of graduations after a break of 425 years.

Germany

2002

German State recognition for the IBR MBA

The Ministry of Science and Higher Education recommends IBR a collaboration with "Kassel International Management School", which since then has become part of "Kassel University" (Germany).

Germany

2001

FIBAA Reaccreditation of the IBR MBA

FIBAA's assessment: "The concept of the IBR MBA could be trend setting in Europe. It is the outstanding integration of scientific foundations with intensive practical applications that triggers our recommendation specifically for Germany".

Germany

2000

German Banking Innovation Price Award for IBR

A consortium of German banks awarded IBR for its outstanding innovation results in adult education at the University of Frankfurt (Germany). The competition was held under the auspices of the Federal German Minister for Higher Education.

Ukraine

2000

The first Ukrainian MBA group starts on the premises of the National Bank of Ukraine

IBR sets standards internationally. The IBR MBA is the first truly accredited MBA program that is offered in Ukraine. Local business schools take IBR as an example and file for accreditation, too.

Ukraine

2000

IBR enters Ukraine

Within a very short period of time, IBR becomes market leader of foreign MBA providers for the next 10 years in Ukraine. In Ukraine, IBR attracts also international students from India, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, India, Kazakhstan, and Russia.

Russia

1999

IBR enters Russia

Under the leadership of Vladimir State University, the first Russian MBA cohort with students from Moscow, Yaroslavl, and Vladimir kicks-off in June 2000.

Germany

1999

First MBA worldwide, accredited on distance learning criteria

The accreditor FIBAA to IBR: "one can only support the pioneering work of IBR in collecting a reputable team of professors from around the world in order to develop this MBA".

Germany

1999

Registration: IBR Institute of International Business Relations

Foundations for the registration of IBR and the first prototype of the IBR MBA were laid by a group of distinctive professors from different European countries in Belgium in 1998.