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Jaining Shen is 24 years old and comes from Haining – a city near to Shanghai with around 800,000 inhabitants. Before coming to Mannheim three years ago, Jaining studied in China for a year. She is now in her fourth semester of the bachelor’s program in Culture in Economy: Media and Communication Studies. In her myUniMa story, she explains the differences between studying in Germany and in China, and tells us about her new hobbies and the quieter way of life she has discovered in Mannheim.

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CHE Ranking: Economics, Business Administration, and Law in top group

In the current ranking of the Centre for Higher Education (CHE), the University of Mannheim has again been extremely successful: Business Administration and Law are among the top ranking subjects. For Economics, the University of Mannheim even received the largest number of top assessments among the tested universities and is thus the best university in Germany.

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Research Results of the Business School – a Compact Presentation

Research results of three academic studies are the content of the latest publication “Mannheim Business Research Insights” (MBRI), published twice a year with compact format and in easily understandable English language.

The new issue gives empirically founded recommendations how to motivate sales representatives for innovation selling in a global context. The results of a study by marketing professor Christian Homburg and Dr. Sebastian Hohenberg show the importance of customized policies targeted to different cultures. Furthermore, the Mannheim Business Research Insights discuss the gender gap in knowledge-intensive jobs. With her study, Karin Hoisl, Professor of Organization and Innovation, points out the existence of a significant discrepancy in the compensation of men and women in inventive professions. Professor Sascha Steffen outlines with his research work the danger of low banks’ core capital while maintaining very high sovereign bond exposures. Therefore, this third article of the Mannheim Business Research Insights offers a recommendation for the correction of the current regulatory capital requirements for European banks.

Mannheim Business Research Insights (PDF)


Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2017

Mannheim Business School (MBS) is the leading institution for management education in the German-speaking region – this has again been confirmed by the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2017. Among the world’s 100 best business schools, MBS is ranked in the 54th position. This is the second best result since its first listing in 2013. Full results


Interview series "myUniMA story"

You are interested in a full time program at the University of Mannheim? In the series myUniMA story, every month international degree seeking students share their personal experiences with student life in Mannheim.

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Mannheim professor receives EU grant of 1.2 million Euros

Mannheim economist Prof. Michelle Sovinsky has been awarded a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council for her project entitled FORENSICS. The project addresses three markets in which unobserved behavior plays a crucial role: illicit drugs, counterfeit products and illegal competition. The grant amounts to 1.2 million Euros and is awarded for a total of five years.

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CHE Master's Ranking

Mannheim is the best state university for a master's degree in psychology! That's the result of the latest CHE Master Ranking.

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Times Higher Education Ranking: Mannheim ranked #23 in Business and Economics and #55 in the Social Sciences

In the Times Higher Education University Ranking, the University of Mannheim was ranked #10 of all German universities and #102 internationally. On top of that, the university also scored excellently in the rankings by subject: in Business and Economics, it reached a 23rd place and outperformed Munich, Zurich and others. In Continental Europe, the University of Mannheim was third only to Tilburg and Rotterdam. The university achieved top scores in the Social Sciences too: 7th place just slightly behind Amsterdam, the Humboldt University and the Free University in Berlin (including the Max Planck Institute and the Berlin Social Science Center), ETH Zurich, Leuven and Utrecht.

"The first ranks traditionally go to universities like Oxford, Stanford, Cambridge and the California Institute of Technology, who - unlike us - have considerable financial means at their disposal", explains President Prof. Dr. Ernst-Ludwig von Thadden.  "Being ranked #102 is a tremendous achievement and an improvement by four places. Alongside the TU Berlin, the University of Mannheim is the only German university in the Top10 which has not had the benefit of being labeled  'Exzellenzuniversität'. The fact that we've been capable of delivering excellent results with a relatively tight budget makes me proud, in particular since our university does not focus on prestigious and well-funded areas like engineering, natural sciences and medicine." 


Proposed Directive for the Harmonization of Taxable Profits in Europe

Mannheim tax research contributes to proposed directive: To reach a modern, fair and competitive taxation framework in the EU is the aim of the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB) which was reissued by the EU-Commission in October. Mannheim’s Leibniz ScienceCampus “Mannheim Taxation” (MaTax) contributed substantially to this process. Two of the three impact assessment in the new proposed directive are based on studies of the scientific Centre of Excellence in Tax Research.

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WirtschaftsWoche University Ranking: Germany’s best business graduates come from Mannheim

The result is clear: according to HR executives at German companies, they prefer to employ University of Mannheim business graduates. Forty point two percent of 540 HR executives surveyed by the WirtschaftsWoche stated that Mannheim graduates are very well trained and prepared for professional life. Thus, Mannheim is ranked 1st in Germany, far ahead of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (2nd with 21.4 percent) and WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management (3rd with 19.8 percent).

Mannheim graduates can also score additional points with this feature of the business bachelor’s program: overseas experience is compulsory in the fifth semester. Moreover, 50% of the lectures in the business bachelor’s program and almost 90% of those in the master’s program are already held in English. The work practice aspect too is not neglected in the University of Mannheim’s business degree: companies offering students internship and entry opportunities are regular guests on campus. Students also take advantage of these opportunities: the vast majority gain work experience through local and foreign internships.

The WirtschaftsWoche ranking is published annually. The surveyed recruiters pay particular attention to candidates’ personality and work experience when sorting through applications. Equally important are the type of university degree, the final grade as well as a good knowledge of English.

Please find the article of the WirtschaftsWoche (in German language) here:


Master degree "Mannheim Master in Management" successfully defends its position

Successful ranking of Mannheim’s Business Administration in the annual "Masters in Management" ranking of the Financial Times: The Master program "Mannheim Master in Management" was able to hold its position from the previous year and secure the 14th place. Next to the degree, individual study subjects were ranked as well. In Economics and Finance, Mannheim was ranked 3rd, 4th place in IT.

Overall, 90 Master programs of international business schools were ranked. Mannheim is one of only five German business schools that are represented in this ranking. The top position in 2016 was won by the Master program “Strategy and International Management” of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

The annual Financial Times “Masters in Management” ranking has appeared for the twelth time. Important assessment criteria is data concerning salaries, careers and characteristics of the study programs.

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After the Brexit: The Consequences from a Managerial Perspective

Four weeks have passed since the British people has voted "out". With a percentage of 51,9, a close majority has voted against the stay in the European Union. Which consequences this may have is being discussed by researchers of the Business School of the University of Mannheim.

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Research Alliance: Focusing on Digital Transformation

Industry 4.0, cloud computing and social media all reveal that information and communication technologies are developing with tremendous speed. How all this affects the economy, society and the individual is the subject matter of the research alliance “Digitalization: Transformation of socio-economic processes”, ForDigital in short, of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the University of Mannheim. Their aim is to better understand the mechanisms of digital transformation, and design innovative information and communication technology solutions. The initiative sponsored by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg connects researchers of both institutions and other parties. ForDigital officially starts with a kick-off event on July 5, 2016.

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Experimental Finance 2016 in Mannheim

From June 8-10 the Experimental Finance 2016, jointly hosted by the University of Mannheim and the Society for Experimental Finance (SEF), took place in St. Martin (Pfalz).

Local organizers were Christoph Merkle and Alexandra Niessen-Ruenzi (both University of Mannheim). With close to 100 participants and 60 presentations, the conference has become one of the main venues to discuss experimental research on diverse topics such as asset markets or investor behavior. With participants from 21 countries the conference attracted a very international field of researchers.

Keynote speeches were delivered by Armin Falk (University of Bonn) and Terrance Odean (Berkeley). Falk reported on the measurement of risk and time preferences in a global survey with 80,000 participants in 76 countries. Odean provided an overview on current topics in experimental household finance. In further contributions the replicability of economic experiments was tested, and determinants of asset market bubbles were analyzed. The keynotes and presentations were very well-received and provided plenty of fodder for discussions and new ideas.

A hike through the vineyards of beautiful Palatinate and a wine tasting rounded off the program. At the general meeting of the SEF, the president of the Society Martin Weber (University of Mannheim) called for experimental finance to more eagerly address policy-relevant topics and handed over his office to incoming president Bruno Biais (Toulouse School of Economics). Next year’s Experimental Finance will take place in Nice, France.

Author: Christoph Merkle   I   June 2016


International Top-Level Award for Marketing Researchers from Mannheim

The journal article "New Product Design: Concept, Measurement, and Consequences" by Professor Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Christian Homburg with his former research assistant Dr. Martin Schwemmle and his assistant professor Dr. Christina Kühnl, has been awarded by the American Marketing Association and the Journal of Marketing.

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Study by Mannheim scientists shows discrimination of female fund managers

Studies show that female fund managers are just as successful as male ones. So why are flows into female-managed funds a third lower than those in male-managed funds? Are there just not enough women in the industry?  Mannheim scientists Alexandra Niessen-Ruenzi and Stefan Ruenzi have a different explanation: male investors simply won’t give women money.

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"No Future? No way!" - The Future Perspectives of Employees

The future perspective of employees has a central role for personnel management of companies which influences work satisfaction and corporate loyalty. How one’s own future is perceived, whether as a time full of opportunities and chances or as a time full of threatening restrictions, is highly influenced by personnel management and can result in work satisfaction and corporate loyalty.

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Deutschland Scholarship: Applications have opened

During the application period of their respective subjects, students and prospective students can apply for a Deutschland Scholarship at the University of Mannheim. Application period for master's programs: according to the respective subject; for bachelor's programs: starting May 15.

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Facts and figures on internationalization

German universities are becoming more and more international: Today, every ninth student comes from abroad. At the University of Mannheim it is even every sixth. Find all facts and figures on internationalization at the Uni Mannheim and its development over time - starting from 1907 when the university was founded - in the following graphics:



"Elevate Social Entrepreneurship"

Infinity Mannheim e.V. are taking the next step: With their project "Elevate Social Entrepreneurship" they're the first student club ever in Germany to start a crowdfunding campaign on the platform Startnext. If you like their idea and want to support it, just follow the link.


New research-oriented Master program: the Mannheim Master in Business Research

The Mannheim Master in Business Research (MMBR) is designed for students with a special interest in a doctorate after their graduation. The new study program is defined by a strong focus on research and a quantitative orientation. The new MMBR also makes a shorter doctoral phase possible.

Starting September 2016, university alumni with a Bachelor degree will have the opportunity to enroll in the Mannheim Master in Business Research (MMBR) at the Business School. The new specialized Master program was designed for students who want to choose a quantitative-based career – in areas such as investment banking, market research or logistics – as well as pursuers of a doctorate. Next to a variety of specialization options that are unique in Germany, the program offers students an intense engagement in business research.

Students who are enrolled in their second year of their Master apply for courses at the Mannheim Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB) and directly begin their doctoral training. A subsequent doctoral studies program is abridged by one year. Additionally, students are perfectly prepared for the challenges of a research-based career, due to the programs strong focus on research. The “Mannheim Master in Business Research” is a consecutive Master program that ends with the degree “Master of Science”. The whole program is in English. Detailed information and application deadlines can be found here.


Step by Step Program for International Degree-Seeking Students

The Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region is one of the most important industrial hubs in Germany. A large number of world-class companies are headquartered here. To encourage students seeking employment and to enhance their chances on the (German) job market, the International Office of the University of Mannheim has developed a step by step program (talks, information sessions, trainings and coachings, etc.). The program is sponsored by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

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Financial Times Global MBA Ranking: Mannheim Business School Ranked Among the Top 50 for the First Time

The Mannheim MBA has significantly enhanced its standing in the Financial Times (FT) Global MBA Ranking. Mannheim Business School’s full-time MBA program rose from 55th to 49th position. Besides, the Mannheim MBA continues to be the best program throughout the entire German-speaking region.

Thus, Mannheim Business School has improved its position in this internationally recognized and influential ranking for the third time in succession since its first quotation in 2013. In its assessment, the FT rated the Mannheim MBA particularly well in the category ‘Value for Money’, in which the program was ranked #9 worldwide.

Currently, 53 participants from more than 20 countries, with at least three years of professional experience, are enrolled in the Mannheim Full-Time MBA. Within one year, they develop and strengthen the required hard and soft skills that will qualify and prepare them for a career in international top management.

   - Complete Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2016:  
   - Detailed Information about the Mannheim MBA


Experiences of International Exchange Students in Mannheim

Every year, more than 1,200 international students enroll at the University of Mannheim. The Mannheimer Morgen talked to some of them about their experiences in Mannheim. It's definitely worth reading!

"Als Austauschstudent an der Uni Mannheim" (series of articles, Mannheimer Morgen)


THE Ranking (Social Sciences): #5 in Germany

The University of Mannheim is among the world's top universities in the area of social sciences. In the current THE Subject Ranking, the social sciences have been ranked #5 in Germany and #64 worldwide. In the category “research”, the University of Mannheim has even proven to be the most influential institution in Germany.  The disciplines which are part of the area of social sciences and were evaluated in the ranking are the following: business administration, media and communication studies, political science, psychology, law, sociology and economics.


Universities for Openness, Tolerance and Against Xenophobia

The member universities of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) are set to oppose xenophobia in Germany as part of a nationwide initiative. The HRK members are committing to their stance with the slogan “Universities for openness, tolerance and against xenophobia”. They are reacting to the incidents of racist verbal and physical attacks that have occurred over the past few weeks and months.

Universities are open-minded places. Diverse opinions and international exchange constitute the foundations of their research and teaching activities. In light of the increasing xenophobic tendencies that can be seen at the moment, universities are actively advocating this plurality of opinions and exchange.

On 10/11/2015, HRK President Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler appealed to the HRK General Meeting in Kiel to support the initiative. Despite the fact that university towns and cities are affected by the issue to varying degrees, the universities agreed to show their support for the initiative. They want to show solidarity against xenophobia and racism and use the initiative to highlight this attitude under a common logo.

The General Meeting emphasised its concern, yet also expressed its willingness to take action at universities. University leaders want to encourage members of universities to stand up to xenophobia and act accordingly in a regional context.

The German higher education system has close ties with other national higher education systems.

Universities as “future workshops” of the world are transnational in and of themselves. A university can only be sustainable if it acts and thinks at international level. The HRK clearly stated this in its international strategy. An open and international campus and the international mobility of teachers and students therefore provide the essential foundations for high-quality teaching, learning and research.

Further information
Information on study for refugees
: legal and financial framework conditions, support programmes organised by universities and the HRK’s stipulations.

Susanne Schilden
Tel.: +49/(0)228/887-152


Walkway from Ehrenhof West to the Mensa Building Closed

Please keep in mind that the walkway from Ehrenhof West to the Mensa building is closed due to the construction of the new Mannheim Business School conference and learning center. Please use one of the alternate routes shown below.


Economist MBA Ranking: Mannheim Business School #1 in Germany

Mannheim Business School has maintained its strong position in the global MBA ranking of The Economist. As in 2014, it is ranked #38 in this list of the 100 best MBA programs worldwide. In Germany, Mannheim Business School is the number one out of three institutions that were taken into consideration.

To a large extend, the ranking of The Economist is based on a survey among current and former participants. The main criteria were the career progress of the alumni – especially as measured by salary increase and current salary – as well as the satisfaction among participants and alumni regarding different aspects of the program. Mannheim Business School performed particularly well in the categories Faculty Quality (3rd place worldwide) and Education Experience (7th place).