Honors

The university awards several honors to recognize persons who have rendered outstanding services to the University of Mannheim.

Please see the current list of distinguished persons below.

The historical list also includes deceased recipients of honors from the University of Mannheim.

Current list of distinguished persons

  • Honorary senators

    Name

    Function and reason for recognition

    Year of recognition

    Arheit, Günter, Dr.

    former chairman of the board of ÖVA Versicherungsgruppe, former board member of the association for the promotion of insurance science at the University of Mannheim

    1975

    Danielmeyer, Hans Günter, Professor Dr.

    former Directorate-General of Siemens AG, chair of the founding committee for the Technical School of the University of Mannheim

    1990

    Esser, Carl-Heinrich, Professor Dr.

    former director Dresdner Bank Mannheim, great contributions to the University of Mannheim and the collaboration of the Universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg

    1999

    Feldmann, John, Dr.

    former board member of BASF SE, former chair of the University Supervisory Board of the University of Mannheim

    2019

    Fickel, Brigitte, Dr.

    former corporate communications manager of HeidelbergCement, former president of ABSOLVENTUM MANNHEIM e.V.

    2019

    Frankenberg, Peter, Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. mult.

    former President of the University of Mannheim, minister of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg (ret.)

    2015

    Fuchs, Manfred, Dr. Dr. h. c.

    former chairman of Fuchs Petrolub AG, long-standing supporter of the University of Mannheim

    2000

    Greinert, Klaus

    former chair of the shareholders' committee of Röchling-Gruppe, long-standing supporter of the University of Mannheim, initiator of the Mannheim Sports Scholarship

    2010

    Hornbach, Albrecht

    chair of the supervisory board of Hornbach Holding AG, long-standing supporter of the University of Mannheim and the Mannheim Business School

    2016

    Hoyningen-Huene, Dietmar von, Professor Dr. h. c.

    former president of the University of Applied Sciences Mannheim, contributions to the collaboration between the University of Mannheim and the University of Applied Sciences Mannheim

    2002

    Jansen, Bernd, Dipl.-Math.

    former chairman of the boards of INTER-Versicherung, former chairman of the association for the promotion of insurance science at the University of Mannheim

    2007

    Kühn, Paul J., Professor em. Dr. Dr. h. c.

    Professor emeritus of Communications Switching and Transmission at the University of Stuttgart, support in the establishment of the department of Computer Engineering at the University of Mannheim

    1998

    Merkel, Frank, Dipl.-Kfm.

    founder and chairman of wob Consult AG, former adjunct lecturer, initiator and supporter of the “Renaissance of the Baroque Palace”

    2000

    Merkel, Helmut, Professor Dr.

    former chair of the board of Karstadt Warenhaus AG, great service to the University of Mannheim in the field of internationalization

    1999

    Näger, Lorenz, Dr.former CFO of HeidelbergCement, long-standing board member of the University of Mannheim Foundation, support in the establishment of the Mannheim Business School2021

    Schneider, Jürgen M., Dr.

    former dean of the Business School, outstanding commitment as a member of the University Supervisory Board and support of the Bronnbach Scholarship

    2017

    Stegmann, Gerhard

    owner of Gerhard Stegmann Consulting, long-standing commitment to the University of Mannheim as a member of the board and honorary managing director of the University of Mannheim Foundation

    2017

    Strube, Jürgen Friedrich, Dr.

    former chairman of the supervisory board of BASF SE, service in promoting relations between BASF and the University of Mannheim

    1998

    Wild, Hans-Peter, Dr.owner of the Wild Gruppe, donations for the University and its foundation2021

    Zimmermann, Josef, Dr.

    former management member of the Deutsche Bank, long-standing commitment to the University as chairman of the Freunde der Universität Mannheim

    2011

  • Honorary citizens

    NameFunction and reason of recognitionYear of recognition

    Denzer, Georg

    head of the district authority (ret.), service in restoring the conference center of the University in the Bronnbach monastery

    2004

    Hagmann, Harald, Dr.

    assistant undersecretary (Ministerialdirigent, ret.), former member of the University Supervisory Board

    2016

    Scherer, Stephan, Prof. Dr.

    lawyer, consultant and administrator of the Fontana-Stiftung, chairman of the supervisory board of the Center for Corporate Succession at the University of Mannheim

    2018

  • Honorary doctorate recipients

    NameFunction and reason of recognitionYear of recognition

    Blundell, Richard, Professor, Sir

    economist and Professor of Political Economy at the University College London, recognition of his outstanding achievements in economic and social sciences

    2011

    Borchardt, Knut, Professor Dr.  Dr. h. c. mult.

    former President of the University of Mannheim, recognition of his contributions to the economic history of the 19th and 20th century

    1994

    Bradbrook, Adrian, Professor

    Professor emeritus of the University of Adelaide, recognition of his commitment to the development of a partnership between the law faculties of the Universities of Mannheim and Adelaide

    2003

    Dörner, Dietrich, Dipl.-Kfm.

    former chairman of the board of Ernst&Young Stuttgart, recognition of his exceptional combination of theory and practice in the field of auditing and trusteeship

    2000

    Franke, Günter, Professor Dr.

    Professor of International Financial Management at the University of Konstanz, recognition of his contributions to the field of finance and joint research projects with the Business School

    2006

    Fuchs, Manfred, Dr.

    former chairman of the board of Fuchs Petrolub AG, former member and chairman of the University Supervisory Board of the University of Mannheim

    2011

    Jorgenson, Dale W., Ph.D., Professor Dr. Dr. h. c.

    Professor of Economics at Harvard University, close ties with the University of Mannheim, e.g. as a contact person for doctoral students

    2004

    Meyer, Jochen, Dr.

    former director of the manuscript division in the literary archive Marburg, recognition of his service to the University and in particular to German Studies in Mannheim

    2006

    Nerlove, Marc, Ph.D., Professor Dr. h. c.

    Professor at the University of Maryland, USA, recognition of his contributions to econometrics, empirical economic research and economic theory

    1982

    Persson, Torsten, Ph.D., Professor

    Professor of Economics at the University of Stockholm, Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics, distinction for his outstanding scientific work

    2011

    Phelps, Edmund S., Ph.D., Professor

    Professor of Economics at Columbia University, recognition of his scientific work as an economist and his close ties to the University of Mannheim

    2001

    Reichelstein, Stefan J., Ph.D., Professor

    Holds the endowed professorship at the University of Mannheim, former Professor of Management and Accounting at Stanford University

    2011

    Richter, Rudolf, Professor Dr. Dr. h. c.

    Professor emeritus of Economics at Saarland University, former editor of the Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, recognition of his scientific oeuvre

    1992

    Sternberg, Shlomo, Ph.D., Professor

    Professor emeritus of Mathematics at Harvard University and Tel Aviv University, recognition of his contributions to symplectic geometry and mathematical physics, service to the University of Mannheim by giving a series of lectures on mathematics

    1991

    Tirole, Jean, Ph.D., Professor

    scientific director at the Institut d'Economie Industrielle (IDEI) of the University of Toulouse, recognition of his scientific work and his contribution to the doctoral exchange Toulouse-Mannheim

    2011

    Voscherau, Eggert, Dr. h.c.

    former vice chair of the board of BASF, honored for outstanding achievements in the field of business administration and for his commitment to the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region

    2006

  • Holders of the University Medal

    NameFunction and reason of recognitionYear of recognition

    Buhmann, Wolfgang

    principal administrative officer (Regierungsdirektor) Oberschulamt Karlsruhe

    2000

    Butz, Thomas

    actor, former principal of Compagnia Palatina

    2003

    Dickenberger, Dorothee, Dr.

    former academic staff member at the chair of Social Psychology, former equal opportunity commissioner of the University of Mannheim

    1999

    Dörrer, Ingrid, Professor Dr.

    Professor emeritus of Geography, former academic advisor and chair of the examination committee

    2005

    Engel, Joachim, Dr.

    former adjunct lecturer at the Institut für Physikalische und Chemische Technologie (Institute of Physical and Chemical Technology) at the University of Mannheim

     

    Esser, Carl-Heinrich, Professor Dr.

    former director of Dresdner Bank Mannheim, former chairman of the Heinrich-Vetter-Stiftung, former board member of the Freunde der Universität Mannheim and member of the board of trustees of the University of Mannheim Foundation

    2005

    Günther, Rosmarie, Dr.

    Akademische Oberrätin (ret.), former adjunct lecturer of history,  multifaceted commitment to Artes Liberales, the senior citizen program and to discovering the history of the University of Mannheim

    2012

    Hartmann, Peter

    chair of the advisory and supervisory board of MRK Management Consultants GmbH, commitment to promoting the arts

    2012

    Hayashi-Speichler, Fumiko

    long-standing supporter of the University of Mannheim Foundation

    2016

    Höfle, Tilman

    presiding judge and vice president of the higher labor court (Landesarbeitsgericht, ret.)

    2002

    Jacobs, Otto H., Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. mult.

    former President of the University of Mannheim, highest level of commitment to the development of the Mannheim Business School

    2006

    Jäger, Georg, Dr.

    lawyer, establishment and constant promotion of the Zivilrecht-Moot-Court

    2009

    Kaase, Max, Professor Dr.

    Professor emeritus of Political Science at Jacobs University Bremen, former chair of the University Supervisory Board and director of ZUMA Mannheim

    2013

    Karl, Dorothee, Professor Dr.chair of the board of trustees of the University of Mannheim Foundation2021

    Knudsen, Per, Dipl.-Kfm.

    former deputy director of the University Library, former board member of ABSOLVENTUM Mannheim e.V.

    2018

    Köstel, Alois, Dr.

    school principal (Oberstudiendirektor, ret.), co-founder and former member of the extended board of the Freunde Universität Mannheim

    1988

    Landwehr, Jürgen, Dr.

    Akademischer Oberrat German Studies (ret.), great commitment to the cooperation of the University of Mannheim with the Bronnbach monastery

    2012

    Marquardt, Reinhard, Dipl.-Kfm.

    former adjunct lecturer of the Business School

     

    Matic, Bozidar, Professor Dr.

    former president of the University of Sarajevo, contributed to the deepening of the partnership between the Universities of Mannheim and Sarajevo

    1984

    Mayer, Karl, Professor Dr. Dr. h.c.former chair of the University Supervisory Board2021

    Nasterlack, Michael, Dr. med.

    former vice president of BASF, long-standing commitment as an adjunct lecturer of Business Administration

    2012

    Paul, Walter, Dr.

    former honorary professor of the Business School

     

    Schabacker, Erich, Dipl.-Vw.

    former head of the credit and insurances department at IBM, former adjunct lecturer of Banking

    1990

    Schmidt, Jörg, Professor Dr.

    vice president of the administrative court (Verwaltungsgerichtshof) of Baden-Württemberg (ret.), long-standing adjunct lecturer and honorary professor

    2003

    Schmitt, Theo, Dipl.-Hdl.

    senior councillor of studies (Oberstudienrat, ret.), former director of the university choir

    2007

    Schwab, Ulrich

    Director (General-Intendant) of the Nationaltheater Mannheim (ret.)

    2005

    Speichler, Rolf

    long-standing supporter of the University of Mannheim Foundation

    2016

    Stahlberg, Dagmar, Professor Dr.

    Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Mannheim, former vice chair of the University Supervisory Board

    2013

    Stassen, Marie-Luise und Normann

    entrepreneur, initiator and sponsor of the Opportunity Mannheim Scholarship

    2017

    Tanovic, Arif, Professor Dr.

    former president of the University of Sarajevo, contributed to the deepening of the partnership between the Universities of Mannheim and Sarajevo

    1981

    Treutler, Hans Joachim, Dr.

    founder of Promarketing GmbH, founder of the Stiftung Marketing at the University of Mannheim

    1991

    Ulmer, Peter, Professor Dr. Dr. h. c.

    former president of the University of Heidelberg, contributions to the cooperation between the Universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim

    1997

    Wiskemann, Gabriel, Dr.

    Head of Total Rewards SAP AG, long-standing commitment as an adjunct lecturer of Business Administration

    2012

    van Leerzem, GuidoSenior Policy Advisor Internationalization at Tilburg University, great commitment to the European University ENGAGE.EU2021