International School of Management, Germany

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International School of Management
ISM logo monochrome.png
MottoInternational. Individual. Inspiring.
TypePrivate business school
PresidentProf. Dr. Ingo Böckenholt[1]
StudentsOver 3200
Technologie-Park, Otto-Hahn-Strasse 19, 44227 Dortmund, Germany
Frankfurt am Main

International School of Management GmbH (ISM) is a German business school headquartered in Dortmund. It is a private university with state recognition.


The International School of Management (ISM) is a private, state-recognized University of Applied Sciences that has been offering career focused management education programs with an international orientation.

ISM has seven campuses in Dortmund, Frankfurt am Main, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart and Berlin.[2]


Originally founded in 1990 as IDB-Wirtschaftsakademie in Dortmund by Klaus Evard, it was renamed the International School of Management (ISM) in 1992.[3] In 1994 it was recognized as a private university of applied sciences.[3] The company shares were taken over in 1998 by ESO Education Group.[4]

In 2006, in accordance with the Bologna Process, ISM switched the Diploma courses to Bachelor and Master courses .


ISM is recognized by the Ministry of Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, giving degrees that it issues equal status to those obtained at state universities.[5]

In June 2004, ISM gained accreditation from the German Council of Science and Humanities for a period of ten years; this was renewed for a further 10 years in 2015.[5]

The university first received accreditation from the FIBAA for its MBA program in 2003. Since then all ISM study programs have received FIBBA accreditation.[5]


In the 2020 CHE University Ranking, ISM ranked highest for Internationality, Contact to professional practice and Support at the beginning of studies.[6]

In the 2020 U-Multirank ranking, ISM achieved a global Top 25 score in the categories, Contact to work environment and Student mobility.[7]

In the 2019 WirtschaftsWoche Ranking, for Business Administration, ISM came 4th in private universities and 14th overall.[6][8]


As of 3 September 2019, ISM is partnered with 188 universities across 43 different countries.[9]

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  1. ^ "Hochschulleitung".
  2. ^ "Dortmund - International School of Management ISM". Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  3. ^ a b "ISM - Anbieter von Weiterbildungen neben dem Beruf - mevaleo". Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  4. ^ "Stellungnahme zur Akkreditierung der International School of Management Dortmund (ISM) (Drs. 6182-04), Juli 2004". Wissenschaftsrat. 2004.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ a b c "Rankings and Figures - International School of Management ISM". Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  6. ^ a b "Rankings and Figures - International School of Management ISM". Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  7. ^ "German Universities in Global Comparison" (PDF). U-Multirank.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ PresseBox (c) 2002-2021 (2019-05-08). "ISM unter den besten privaten Hochschulen im WirtschaftsWoche-Hochschulranking, ISM International School of Management GmbH, Pressemitteilung - PresseBox". (in German). Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  9. ^ "Partner Universities" (PDF). International School of Management GmbH (ISM). 3 September 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Ulrich Lichtenthaler: Integrated Intelligence and AI". Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  11. ^ a b "International School of Management (ISM)". (in German). Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  12. ^ "Prof. Rürup neuer Präsident an der ISM". Retrieved 2021-01-09.

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