Founded in 1946, the University of Mannheim is one of the leading universities in Germany. It has been ranking among the top 20 European higher education institutions in the fields of economics, business, and social sciences for many years. Staff members at six schools and departments teach and carry out research in Business Administration, Economics, the Humanities, the Social Sciences, Law, and Business Informatics and Mathematics. Key focuses of Mannheim researchers include decision-making processes and elections, governance, regulation, competition and innovation, migration and multilingualism, and the culture of change. The University of Mannheim offers various bachelor’s and master’s programs. Internationally renowned doctoral studies and MBA programs at Mannheim Business School, one of the leading institutions for management education in Europe, complete the range. About 1,000 scholars and 12,000 students enjoy the unique setting in the largest baroque palace in Germany and its atmosphere.
Luiss University is an independent university, founded in 1977, with four Departments: Economics and Finance, Business and Management, Law, and Political Science, and four post-graduate schools. Boasting an innovative educational approach, Luiss makes young people masters of their own future. Luiss has more than 9,500 students, a notable teaching staff from both the academic and professional worlds, intensive study of foreign languages and IT, a rich and specialised library, an extensive network of international programs such as double degrees, LLM programs, Erasmus and bilateral exchange, international networks – with more than 300 universities around the world, summer programs for secondary school students, a team of qualified tutors, and a rich offering of opportunities to participate in seminars, debates, and internship programs. What distinguishes Luiss is its privileged relationship with the business world. Every year, over 200 companies, public and private institutions and multinational corporations, collaborate with the University to offer seniors and graduates their first step in the job market. Luiss students and graduates can also count on an extensive network of Alumni, with several chapters around the world.
The Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) was established in 1936 and is located in the coastal city of Bergen. NHH is, together with the Centre for Applied Research, Norway’s most important centre for research and education in economics and business administration. NHH has an extensive international network and research and education partnerships with leading institutions abroad. Approximately half of NHH’s 3 500 students spend at least one semester abroad. As a leading Norwegian business school, NHH has an EQUIS accreditation (European Quality Improvement System), and is a member of CEMS – the Global Alliance in Management Education. NHH aims to be a driving force for development in business and society, and to educate people for the purposes of value creation and sustainable development. The mission statement underlines this commitment: ‘Together for sustainable value creation’.
Tilburg, THE NETHERLANDS
Tilburg University was founded in 1927 to meet the demand from local industries in Tilburg and surroundings for a top-quality academic center to educate their future leaders. Now, over 90 years later, we have established a strong position as research-university specializing in social sciences and humanities, with a focus on economics, business and entrepreneurship, social and behavioral sciences, law and governance, humanities and digital sciences, and theology. Under the motto of ‘Understanding society’, we develop knowledge, transfer it to others, and bring people from various disciplines and organizations together. In this way, we want to contribute to solving complex social issues. More than 17,000 students of 110 nationalities study at Tilburg University. We train them to become TiU-shaped professionals: responsible and enterprising thinkers, driven by solidarity, a sense of responsibility, and empathy, able to have impact in an innovative way and to give direction to a rapidly changing society.
Established in 1920, the University of National and World Economy (UNWE) in Sofia is the largest and oldest higher education institution of its type in Southeastern Europe. With an unequalled track record in Bulgaria, the university is considered a leader in European higher education, playing an integral role in furthering educational standards in business, economics, law, politics, and media studies. With over 20,000 students and 500 lecturers, UNWE is well known for its educational excellence, with employers often referring to it as the ‘Bulgarian Harvard’ due to the high calibre of its graduates. Some of them have become prominent political and business figures, both at home and abroad – e.g., Dr Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, or Assoc. Prof. Dr Mariana Kotzeva, Eurostat’s Director-General. Under the motto ‘The Spirit Makes the Power’, UNWE strives to form highly educated persons who can lead European society to a better and more humane world. A key instrument for fulfilling this promise has always been UNWE’s partnerships with more than 160 higher education institutions from across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and professional competence as early as 1970, when it opened, Toulouse 1 Capitole University is a public establishment which originated from the Faculty of Canon Law created in 1229 by King Saint Louis. Today, it is a Law, Economics and Management University with a focus on international networks to promote academic collaboration as well as exchange of students and researchers/lecturers. It is also a research-intensive university and one of the only two French establishments to feature in the top 100 of the Shanghai World Academic ranking in Economics/Business studies.
WU is the primary provider of higher education programs in the areas of business and economics in Austria and one of the largest universities of its type in the European Union. With more than 2,500 graduates per year (bachelor’s and master’s), WU has a significant impact on the labour market in the region. WU’s academic strengths are based on its broad research and teaching portfolio, covering all topics fundamental to today’s economy and society. WU‘s high standards in research and teaching as well as its strong international position are confirmed by prestigious international accreditations and partnerships with around 240 higher education institutions worldwide.
Ramon Llull University (URL), a private, non-profit university founded in 1991 and located in Barcelona. The University is home of more than 20,000 students, 1,500 teaching and research staff, and 1,200 administrative and service staff.
URL is made up of 8 institutions of higher education and research and 1 affiliated centre: IQS, Blanquerna, La Salle, Esade, Faculty of Social Education and Social Work Pere Tarrés, University Institute Observatori de l’Ebre, University Institute of Mental Health Vidal i Barraquer, Borja Institute of Bioethics and ESDi Higher School of Design (affiliated centre). These institutions comprise a wide variety of departments and schools in the fields of engineering, management, international commerce & digital economy, architecture & building engineering, digital engineering, business, law, psychology, education & sport sciences, communication & international relations, health science, mental health, bioethics, chemistry, philosophy, social education & social work.
Small work groups, close relations between students and faculty, and complete mastery of new technologies represent this university’s unique methodology. At URL internationalization is seen as key to educational programs for future professionals. On the other hand, one of URL’s priority is to foment innovation through research and promote transfer knowledge to be able to respond to the main challenges the society faces today.
Helsinki and Vaasa, FINLAND
Hanken School of Economics, a public university based in Helsinki and Vaasa, Finland, was founded in 1909 and is one of the oldest business schools in the Nordics. It is home of approximately 2,620 students, 180 academics and 125 non-academic staff. Hanken is an internationally accredited (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA), research-oriented business school. Hanken is the only stand-alone business school in Finland. It prides itself in strong connections to business and has invested in supporting entrepreneurship. The university maintains close links with the corporate world and promotes social responsibility and sustainability in all its functions.