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Press release

Berlin, January 20, 2014

ESMT welcomes largest MBA intake in the school’s history

  • 63 full-time MBA students from 34 countries
  • Three Kofi Annan Fellows from Guatemala, South Africa, and Tajikistan

The Class of 2014 has taken up their MBA studies at ESMT European School of Management and Technology in January. The 24 women and 39 men are the ninth intake of the one-year full-time MBA at the international business school in Berlin.

The number of students increased by 19 percent over 2013, while 38 percent of the class is female. The students come from 34 different countries, making this class the most international in ESMT’s history. For the first time, Australia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Croatia, Cuba, Mongolia, Serbia, Syria, and Tajikistan are represented. The students are on average 30 years old and have seven years of work experience.

This year, three students from Guatemala, South Africa, and Tajikistan will complete the MBA degree as Kofi Annan Fellows. The full scholarship supports students from developing countries who plan to return to their home countries and contribute to the region’s economic development. Ten Kofi Annan Fellows have graduated from ESMT since the fellowship was first awarded in 2011.

“The continual growth of our full-time MBA program shows that the program’s focus on the Management of Innovation and Technology and Global Sustainable Business is proving attractive to applicants. The strong German economy is also a pull factor for international students. On average, 90 percent of our full-time MBA participants are international students, more than half of whom remain in Germany after graduation,” said Nick Barniville, MBA director at ESMT.

Maximilian Eils, one of the 63 new students, commented, “ESMT’s excellent faculty, the well thought-out curriculum, and the personal support I received during the application process convinced me that ESMT was the best choice for me. I look forward to working together with such a diverse group of peers.”

About ESMT

ESMT European School of Management and Technology was founded in October 2002 by 25 leading global companies and institutions. The international business school offers a full-time MBA, an executive MBA, a master’s in management as well as open enrollment and customized executive education programs. ESMT focuses on three main topics: leadership and social responsibility, European competitiveness, and the management of technology. Additionally, the business school provides an interdisciplinary platform for discourse between politics, business, and academia. ESMT is based in Berlin, Germany, with an additional campus in Schloss Gracht near Cologne, where USW Netzwerk runs the German-speaking executive education programs of the business school. ESMT is a private business school, accredited by the German state, AACSB, AMBA, and FIBAA.