Business & Economics
The department of Business & Economics is home to programs including Global Economics and Management, and International Business Administration. Expertise in these disciplines contribute to Jacobs focus on Diversity.
When considering the development of our modern global society, individuals are regarded as indivisible biological, psychological and socially determined beings. This area includes topics such as social cohesion, state systems, the preservation of social welfare or the effects of regulatory systems on the individual, such as their impact on human rights. Diversity is thus regarded as a driving force behind development and progress.
Despite being highly motivated in the beginning, only very few individuals receiving a temporary disability pension manage to return to work. According to a recently published study, on average only one in a hundred respondents succeeds in doing so. The scientific study was conducted by Jacobs University Bremen in cooperation with the Deutsche Rentenversicherung Oldenburg-Bremen (German Pension Insurance Oldenburg-Bremen). "The reintegration of temporary disability pensioners is a major challenge," says Prof. Dr. Sonia Lippke, health psychologist at Jacobs University. "An increased social participation by means of returning to work would pay off both for the individual and for society as a whole.“
After graduating from Jacobs University, they moved to England to continue their studies at the University of Oxford. But Finn Klebe and Biruk Terrefe are still connected to their alma mater. As part of a lecture series in Oxford, Finn Klebe invited Jacobs Professor Claas Knoop for a talk on the political and economic developments in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa to the UK.
A mechanical engineering company that offers its customers predictive maintenance, a manufacturer of 3D printers that builds an online information platform for its products – there is no way around the development of digital services for companies. But for many companies, especially small and medium-sized companies, the development of digital services poses a major challenge. Scientists and practitioners from all over Germany, including a team from Jacobs University Bremen, have now published a process description designed to simplify the development of digital services – DIN SPEC 33453.
Enormous growth rates over decades: The Chinese economy has been booming for a long time, but growth rates have slowed down recently. Is there a risk of a "middle income trap"? Are the reforms introduced under the Xi Jinping government taking effect? These are questions that Tobias ten Brink, Professor for Chinese Economy and Society at the English-medium Jacobs University Bremen, asks in the project on the stability of the Chinese economic model funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
Record growth at Jacobs University: At the beginning of the semester 2019/2020, the English-medium university welcomes over 610 new students to its campus in Bremen, the largest group of freshmen in its history to date. The high demand for the coveted study places is brought forward by the excellent international reputation of Jacobs University: According to the recently published Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking 2020, Jacobs University ranks among the 25 percent of the best universities worldwide.
It is also a history of refugees and migration: many Bauhäusler fled Germany in the 1930s for fear of persecution by the National Socialists - all the way to Australia. A recently published book traces the influence the exiles had on art, architecture, and design "down under”. One of the authors is Dr. Isabel Wünsche, Professor of Art and Art History at Jacobs University Bremen.
Great success for a joint project of Jacobs University and the University of Bremen: The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved funding for a Research Training Group at the jointly operated Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS). Within the framework of the research and qualification program, 14 young academics in the disciplines of psychology, sociology and political science can earn their doctorates. The first seven doctoral candidates will start their training in 2020, with a second group expected to follow in 2021. The DFG will finance the research training group with around three million euros over a period of four and a half years.
Jacobs University has gained an internationally experienced and worldwide respected university leader, lecturer and researcher as its new President. On 1 December 2019, Professor Dr. Antonio Loprieno, President of the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA) and former Rector of the University of Basel, will assume office. Prof. Loprieno succeeds Professor Dr. Michael Hülsmann, who, in August of this year, announced his forthcoming departure from the private, international University after six successful years.
An internationally renowned scientist and science manager strengthens Jacobs University’s management board. On November 1st, 2019, Prof. Thomas Auf der Heyde, PhD, will take up his post as Provost and thus as Head of Academic Operations at the private university. Auf der Heyde has a wealth of experience in science and university administration. Most recently, he was Deputy Director General of the South African Department of Science and Technology.
They teach and do research in different subject areas and come from different countries. All of them share a very similar motivation however: they want to teach and do research at an international, English-medium university, with students from over 100 nations and small learning groups. The team at Jacobs University Bremen is strengthened by a whole series of professors and university lecturers.
Many high school students spend a year abroad. Which impact does this experience have on the relationship with their home country, i.e. on their national identity? And how does the relationship with the host country develop? Dr. Regina Arant, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Psychology and Methods at Jacobs University Bremen, examined these questions in her dissertation "Who You Are Depends on Where You Are – The Impact of a High School Year Abroad on the National and Host Country Identity of German Exchange Students". For this work she has now been honored with the Ernst-E-Boesch Young Scholar Award 2019.
Innovative and groundbreaking new ideas for future higher education were sought: In an international competition, the Jacobs Foundation and Jacobs University invited scientists from all disciplines to participate. The Jacobs Foundation provided 650,000 euros to support groundbreaking research projects following the "B3 - Bildung Beyond Boundaries" symposium. The third, and final project, has now been approved.
Every four years, the federal government publishes a report on the situation of people with impairments in Germany. Its preparation is supported by a committee of ten renowned scientists from various disciplines. The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) has now appointed Sonia Lippke, Professor of Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine at Jacobs University Bremen, to this Advisory Board.
Their work sets standards, they are scientifically excellent: At the beginning of its academic year, as is tradition, Jacobs University awarded the Deans Prize to graduates who wrote outstanding bachelor and master theses. In addition, at the suggestion of the students, the university teachers of the year were chosen and the prize of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) was awarded.
Instead of going to swim or for ice cream with their friends, students from Germany and all over the world used their free time during the summer holidays to study – and that even voluntarily. Summer Camps, educational programs for young people, have long been established in an international context and typically take place during the summer holidays. Jacobs University, together with the Association of German Engineers (VDI), Germany's largest engineering association, has organized an English-language Summer Camp on the campus in Bremen for the fourth year running.
Jacobs University Bremen participates in International Education Week in China
International orientation of science and teaching is a significant and important topic in China. The first International Education Week of the China University of Petroleum (UPC), one of the country's most renowned universities, took place from 30 June to 6 July 2019 under the motto "innovating training pattern, building an international campus, broadening an international perspective, cultivating top talents". Five professors from Jacobs University Bremen gave lectures as experts and pointed out international perspectives
Once again, Jacobs University performed excellently in a university ranking. In the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Ranking for universities which are younger than 50 years, the international, English-language campus university ranks 26th out of 351 participating universities from 60 countries. It was graded as one of the five best young universities in Germany.
At the annual congress of the International Council of Psychologists (ICP) in Cádiz, Spain, Dr. Klaus Boehnke, Professor of Social Science Methodology at Jacobs University Bremen, was awarded the organization's Fukuhara Advanced International Research and Service Award. The award recognizes Boehnke's research as well as his exemplary commitment to international cooperation between psychologists and representatives of neighboring academic disciplines.
Digital change affects schools: But how do you shape it instead of just being at its mercy?
Great success for Jacobs University! In the international U-Multirank university ranking, the private university in Bremen, Germany, received the best ratings, together with the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. In terms of the international orientation of its study programs, Jacobs University ranks among the 25 best universities in the world.