Berlin School of Economics and Law

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Berlin School of Economics and Law
Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
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Type Public
Established 1971[1]
Affiliation AMBA Accreditation, FIBAA Accreditation, ACQUIN, AQAS, NIBS, EFMD, AACSB
President Andreas Zaby
Students 9115
Address Badensche Straße 50-51, 10825 Berlin, Berlin, Germany [2]
Campus Urban
Colors      Black      White      Red
Nickname BSEL
Schöneberg campus
IMB Institute of Management Berlin
Friedrichsfelde campus

The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL, German: Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht, HWR) is a leading German business school founded on 1 April 2009 through the merger of the Berlin School of Economics (BSE) and the FHVR Berlin. The BSEL portfolio provides a wide range of professional qualifications.[3][4] BSEL is specialised in business and administration for the public and private sector, as well as public security, the law and engineering. The majority of programmes lead to a bachelor's or master's degree. Degrees have been quality controlled and are accredited by the German state. BSEL has an international approach with close working relationship with over 90 partner universities all over the world and has a very strict and selective admission policy.

The school offers a 5-year dual degree with France's ESCE Business School (Paris), enabling selected bilingual students to have the "Master in Management" from ESCE and the Master of Arts from HWR Berlin. This program is supported by The Franco-German University (FGU).


BSEL is AMBA accredited and member of the EFMD, AACSB as well as the UAS7 Alliance for Excellence, a strategic alliance of seven leading German universities committed to excellence in teaching and research.[5]

The BSEL Campus Locations[edit]

The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) has three campuses. The main campus is located in Berlin-Schöneberg and is home to the University administration, the Faculty of Business and Economics and the IMB Institute of Management Berlin. The Faculty of Company-Linked Programmes is near Ostkreuz station in Berlin-Friedrichshain. The campus with the Faculty of Administration and Law, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Police Training and Management and the Institute for Distance Learning is part of the educational complex in Berlin-Lichtenberg. Since 2010, BSEL also has an experimental virtual campus in the 3D virtual world of Second Life, established and supervised by BSEL's Head of E-Learning, Marcus Birkenkrahe.

International Affairs[edit]

The Berlin School of Economics and Law encourages the internationalisation of its students through its more than 100 partner universities throughout the world, e.g. in Italy, Australia, the Netherlands, Great Britain, France, India, Canada, China, Japan, the United States and Hong Kong.

Faculties and Central Institutes[edit]

Faculty of Business and Economics[edit]

The Faculty of Business and Economics (Faculty 1) offers eight Bachelor programmes which usually combine a focus on business and economics with a wider integrative and interdisciplinary perspective. The inclusion of gender studies and environmental and sustainability issues are also important features of some of the programmes. Whilst all programmes have certain international components three of the programmes are entirely international either in the form of a bi-national dual degree course or by being taught in English and by including compulsory study abroad periods. The Master-of-Arts programmes of the faculty are run in English or in English and French and share all a distinctly international outlook.

Faculty of Company-Linked Programmes[edit]

The Faculty of Company-Linked Programmes (Faculty 2) offers a total of 15 sector-oriented bachelor programmes with business and technical specialisations. The unique feature of these programmes is the combination of theory based teaching phases and on the job-training phases. The programmes are run in close co-operation with 480 partner companies which are also involved in programme development. After three years of studies the students obtain their Bachelor‘s degree and are usually offered a position by their respective training company.

Faculty of Public Administration[edit]

The Faculty of Public Administration comprises the Berlin School of Public Administration and the Berlin School of Law. The faculty conducts research in fields such as public management, non-profit management, organization theory, public organizational behavior, public change management, and broad scope of administrative and legal issues from a European and international comparative perspective.

Faculty of Police and Security Management[edit]

The Department of Police and Security Management offers a range of programmes for public, municipal, and private sector security. This includes a police management degree programmes, the graduation in which is the basic entry requirement for higher career levels in the Berlin Police Force. A BA in Security Management provides the skills needed for management positions in private security industry. The latter course is the only of its kind in Germany.

IMB Institute of Management Berlin[edit]

The Berlin School of Economics was among the first business schools in Germany to offer MBA-programmes through its Institute of Management Berlin [6] and can look back on 15 years of experience in this field. The IMB’s core competence is the MBA programme, and especially MBAs with different key themes. The five accredited MBA programmes of the IMB aim to prepare graduates – with various foci – for leading positions in general management of businesses or in the healthcare sector. The IMB offers also three M.A. programmes and one certificate programme. In 2013 the IMB Institute of Management Berlin has been granted accreditation for its MBA provision by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). The Berlin School of Economics is hence the fourth business school in Germany to have been accredited by the organization.[7]

Institute for Distance Learning (FSI)[edit]

The Institute for Distance Learning concentrates the e-learning programmes of the BSEL. The institute offers part-time study programmes specialising in administrative and security management. The institute's portfolio includes three courses of study leading to a master's degree: a Master of European Administrative Management, a Master of Public Administration, and a Master of Security Management. In addition, the institute offers a BA programme in Public Administration.

Institute for Co-operation with Central and Eastern European Countries in Public Reform (IMO)[edit]

The Institute for Co-operation with Central and Eastern European Countries in Public Reform (IMO) is an interdisciplinary centre of competence for development and consultancy projects in the areas of modernizing public administration and reforming police in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The tasks of the institute include Central and Eastern European research as well as the design, the organisation and the implementation of international study curricula and further training courses in the context of the EU Lifelong Learning programme. Another important objective is the establishment and the support of scientific networks and mobility-enhancing co-operations.

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Coordinates: 52°29′07″N 13°20′16″E / 52.48528°N 13.33778°E / 52.48528; 13.33778