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GISMA Business School brings Kingston University degrees to Germany

GISMA Business School has announced a partnership with the Business School at Kingston University, which will see the delivery of British postgraduate degrees in collaboration with GISMA in Hanover.

The programmes have been designed by Kingston Business School and will be delivered entirely in English at GISMA. Focusing on international business, corporate finance, innovation management and entrepreneurship, the courses will be awarded by Kingston University, allowing students in Hanover to acquire internationally recognised degrees from an AACSB-accredited Business School.

The first available programme will be the Master’s degree in International Business Management, due to commence in May 2019. This postgraduate qualification will address such topics as a critical understanding of general management and international business and strategy, giving candidates the practical skills needed to succeed in a variety of business roles in management or consultancy.

Kingston University has been offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses since the 1940s.

Dr Elisabeth Grindel-Denby, Director Academic Affairs at GISMA, said:

“We are honoured to be able to work with an institution that has such an established legacy in higher education in the UK.

“This partnership gives us the opportunity to bring to Hanover programmes that will help our postgraduate students develop the right skills to pursue successful careers. A British degree, combined with the access to the German labour market, will allow them to make the most of their learning experience and future work opportunities.”

Kingston Business School is accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The first programme in the new partnership to be launched, MSc International Business Management, is also accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and EPAS. Kingston Business School has held both EPAS and AMBA accreditation on this programme for almost ten years, and a mere five per cent of business schools globally achieve AACSB accreditation, which was secured in 2016.

Associate Professor Dr Fatima Annan-Diab – who heads up Kingston Business School’s Department of Strategy, Marketing and Innovation – said the new collaboration with GISMA reflected Kingston University’s ongoing drive to enhance its international presence. “The collaboration is an exciting opportunity for students to develop an understanding of strategic management in global firms, and for our School to further engage with business education on an international level,” she added. “Our goal is to equip all students with the skills to succeed in an increasingly competitive global economy.”

Dr. Thorsten Thiel, Managing Director at GISMA Business School, said:

“Working with international partners we are creating learning opportunities that can truly equip postgraduate students with the skills to excel in international business. The positive response to these collaborations indicates that we are going in the right direction, growing our reputation for the benefits of our students.”


About GISMA Business School: Founded in 1999 to support the business community of Lower Saxony in its internationalisation efforts by providing global management education to young professionals and executives from Germany and around the world, with centres in Hanover, Berlin and London.

Since then, GISMA has established a global community of alumni who have accelerated their careers in Germany and abroad with a solid foundation in management theory and invaluable connections with fellow alumni. GISMA classes are taught by an expert faculty from around the world who bring both academic and practical experiences to the classroom.

About Kingston University: Offering an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses to equip its 17,000 students with the skills and knowledge they will need in the 21st Century’s demanding workplace.

It has been ranked in joint 58th place in the latest Guardian University Guide, placing the University among the top 10 London institutions. Kingston University received the 2017 Guardian University Award for Teaching Excellence and, last year, was named University of the Year for Widening Access for the second year running (NEON Awards 2017).

The University is a growing force in research and a pioneer in entrepreneurship. The Government’s latest Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey reported that Kingston was the top university in the UK for the number of graduates starting up their own businesses, helping 283 entrepreneurial graduates get their companies off the ground last year.

Kingston University makes a substantial economic contribution to the local borough, London and the United Kingdom. Developments in teaching, learning, research and facilities have all contributed to positioning the University at the heart of education and economic development in the region.

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