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.
The international, English-speaking Jacobs University welcomes over 450 new students from 82 nations to its campus in northern Bremen, Germany, for the academic year 2020/21. With the start of the new academic year, 362 young people started their undergraduate studies in the 15 bachelor's programs at Jacobs University. Although the number of new students is slightly lower than in 2019/2020, President Loprieno sees the high demand for study places in view of the current coronavirus pandemic as an extraordinary confirmation of the educational concept of the international university. In total, more than 1,550 people from over 110 countries are studying at Jacobs University.
Thinking beyond national borders is important – especially in science. Every year, renowned scientists from abroad decide to spend a research stay at Jacobs University. According to the recently published Humboldt Rankings, the international university in Bremen is one of the most popular universities among researchers from abroad. The English-speaking Jacobs University ranked an outstanding seventh place in the Germany-wide comparison.
With his book "Entscheide selbst, wie alt Du bist“ (You decide how old you are), Dr. Sven C. Voelpel, Professor of Business Administration at Jacobs University Bremen, has had a Spiegel bestseller. His latest book also deals with the topic of aging and promises to be as successful as his last work. Under the title "Die Jungbrunnenformel – Wie wir bis ins hohe Alter gesund bleiben" (The fountain of youth formula – How we stay healthy into old age) the book will be published by Rowohlt Polaris on 15 September.
One of the world’s most renowned university rankings has again impressively confirmed the high quality of research and teaching at Jacobs University Bremen. In the World University Ranking 2021 of the British magazine "Times Higher Education" (THE), Jacobs University was placed among the 300 best universities. In terms of international orientation, it was ranked first place among German universities. More than 1,500 universities worldwide are represented in the THE Ranking this year.
Klaus Boehnke, Professor of Social Science Methodology at Jacobs University, has been honored as an "Outstanding Psychologist outside the U.S." for his services in the field of comparative cultural studies and political psychology. The former Vice Dean of the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) was presented with the award by the International Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association (APA), the world’s largest organization of psychologists in the United States.
The coronavirus threatens and changes our lives in many ways: It attacks individual cells, influences the value system of humans and has massive economic consequences. At Jacobs University, scientists from a wide range of disciplines are researching its effects. "We want to contribute to a better understanding of the virus and to its successful control. In doing so, it is important to us to draw lessons for the future," says Prof. Thomas Auf der Heyde, Provost at the international university.
Creative thinking forms the basis for many innovations in business, science, culture or everyday life. Despite its importance, the neurobiology of creativity has been researched very little. Scientists at Jacobs University have now measured our ability to develop new and original solutions – and discovered, among other things, that creativity can be specifically promoted through brain stimulation. The results of the study have recently been published in the renowned journal "Brain Structure and Function".
Jacobs University has established itself as one of the world's best young universities. For the third year in a row, the private university performed excellently in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Ranking, one of the leading global university comparisons for universities younger than 50. In this year's ranking, Jacobs University took 33rd place out of 414 participating universities worldwide. In a Germany-wide comparison, it is among the four best young universities.
Wearing a face mask, washing your hands frequently, sufficient physical distance to other people, working remotely – the corona pandemic and the hygiene and distance policies that come with it, have a major impact on our everyday life. How far-reaching are these changes? A team of researchers at Jacobs University Bremen aims to find answers through a scientifically based online survey.
The promotion of young scientists and strengthening the common good are part of their guidelines: As one of Bremen's major scientific foundations, the Wolfgang Ritter-Foundation is committed to opening up opportunities and enabling talented young people to study at Jacobs University. "When I see that our support has an effect, that young, committed people are seizing their opportunities, I am deeply moved," says Alexander Witte, member of the Board of the Wolfgang Ritter-Foundation.
Jacobs University’s economics students receive an excellent education. This confirms the latest CHE-university ranking. The private, English-speaking campus university receives particularly good marks for the support at the beginning of studies, which lays the foundation for later academic success, and for its efficiency: almost all economics students complete their studies within the standard period of study.
By describing values and attitudes that shape the actions and behavior of employees, organizational culture can make a significant contribution to the success of a company. But how can that culture best be understood – and changed if necessary? A research project at Jacobs University Bremen in cooperation with the global consulting company Hofstede Insights aims to develop a new application for measuring and monitoring corporate culture. The goal is to provide companies with a tool that increases effectiveness by aligning organizational culture and strategy.
She seems to be doing something right: "Exceptionally well structured and prepared" – "Extremely committed and fair to her students" – "Teaches with passion and dedication". Once a year, Jacobs University’s students choose the best university teachers. Last year, the historian Dr. Julia Timpe won this title in the field of "Diversity", one of the three Focus Areas at the university. And that already for the second time. The coronavirus has also changed her teaching.
Many patients do not understand their caregivers, doctors or therapists properly or do not seem to follow their recommendations. How can nurses in particular better support patients with little health competence? Within the framework of the European research project "IMPACCT", experts at Jacobs University Bremen have developed appropriate learning units for the training of future healthcare professionals. Their recommendations can be read in a recently published article in the nursing journal "PADUA".
Jacobs University is suspending in-person teaching activities on their campus in Bremen starting Friday, 13 March 2020. The international university is transferring their teaching operations to electronic platforms by 23 March. The decision was reached after assessing the risk and high level of concerns relating to the spread of the coronavirus. The suspension is in place until 14 April with the option of extension if deemed necessary.