European School of Management and Technology

The European School of Management and Technology, also known as ESMT Berlin, is a private non-profit business school based in Berlin, Germany. The business school was founded in 2002 by 25 global companies and institutions including Bosch, KPMG, Siemens and T-Mobile. ESMT Berlin offers a master's degree in Management, a Full-time MBA, and an Executive MBA, as well as executive education in the form of open enrollment and customized programs. ESMT Berlin is one of four business schools in Germany with the Triple accreditation.

ESMT Berlin
TypePrivate business school
PresidentJörg Rocholl[2]
Academic staff
37 members from 17 countries (as of October 2019)[3]
StudentsMaster’s in Management ('18-'20): 92, Master’s in Management ('19-21): 112, Vollzeit-MBA ('18-'20): 51, Executive MBA ('18-'20): 51, Executive MBA ('19-'21): 54[4]
Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin, Germany
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ESMT Berlin offers a Master's in Management, a Full-time MBA, an Executive MBA, a Postgraduate Diploma in Management, and several executive education courses. It also has a PhD program.[5][6][7]


ESMT Berlin is accredited by Association of MBAs (AMBA), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA).[8][9][10][11] It is the one of the four business schools in Germany with Triple accreditation.


European Business Schools

  • Financial Times European Business School Rankings 2019: 9, #1 in Germany[12]
  • Bloomberg Businessweek European Business School Ranking 2019: 15[13]


Executive MBA

Master's in Management

Executive Education



The school's headquarters and main campus is located in the former GDR Staatsratsgebäude in Berlin next to the Federal Foreign Office and opposite of the UNESCO world cultural heritage Museum Island. Constructed in 1960s’ socialist architectural style to host the Staatsrat (National Council) of the GDR, it represented the supreme institution of the East German state governance. From 2004 to 2005 the building underwent an extensive renovation supervised by the German architect HG Merz. The main foyer is accessible to the public and guided tours are available.[24]


The school's Cologne campus, Schloss Gracht, is a historic castle and grounds where the Metternich family lived for centuries. From 1968 it was the home of the Universitätsseminar der Wirtschaft (USW) which offered executive education courses. USW was later integrated into ESMT Berlin and became the site of ESMT's German-language executive education courses. After successfully integrating the courses into the main campus of ESMT in Berlin, Schloss Gracht was sold as of November 30, 2018.[25] It will be converted into a stress and sports medicine centre.[26]

Centers and chairs


  • Center for Financial Reporting and Auditing (CFRA)
  • Center for Leadership Development Research (CLDR)
  • Center for Sustainable Business and Leadership (CSBL)
  • Digital Society Institute (DSI)
  • Hidden Champions Institute (HCI)
  • Institute for Endowment Management and Entrepreneurial Finance (IFEE)


  • Deutsche Post DHL Chair
  • Deutsche Telekom Chair in Leadership and HR Development
  • EY Chair in Governance and Compliance
  • Ingrid and Manfred Gentz Chair in Business and Society
  • Lufthansa Group Chair in Innovation
  • Michael Diekmann Chair in Management Science
  • POK Pühringer PS Chair in Entrepreneurship

Organisational structure

The main governance structures are the Executive Management Committee, chaired by Jörg Rocholl, PhD, President and Managing Director of ESMT Berlin and the Supervisory Board of ESMT GmbH chaired by Werner Zedelius, Senior Advisor, Allianz SE.[28][29]


The school's founders include:[30]


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