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.
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.
The first days, weeks and months are often decisive for the later success of one’s studies. First-year students at Jacobs University Bremen can be sure that the university will give them an excellent start. This was confirmed by the renowned CHE university ranking in its current evaluation. The English-language campus university achieved top marks in the categories "Support at the Beginning of Studies" and "International Orientation". This year, Jacobs University is represented in the most comprehensive and detailed ranking of the German-speaking university landscape with the two study courses Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as Psychology.
Patient injuries and errors in medical care can occur in gynecology and obstetrics. This is often caused by inadequate communication between those involved. A research project with five partner institutions and Jacobs University as consortium leader, headed by Dr. Sonia Lippke, Professor of Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, aims to change this to improve patient safety.
It is a win-win situation; workplace health promotion is beneficial for both employees and the company. In their study of many single tests on workplace health promotion, Prof. Dr. Sonia Lippke from Jacobs University Bremen and her colleague PD Dr. Aike Hessel from the German Pension Insurance Oldenburg-Bremen (Deutsche Rentenversicherung Oldenburg-Bremen) analyzed which types of measures are particularly effective. The motivation of employees by means of behavioral health promotion proved to be useful. However, company-wide measures and improvements in the working environment are even more effective.
Most people are aware that regular exercise is important to feel fit, healthy and connected. However, many don't know how to start exercising or they never find the right time to do the first step for a more physically active lifestyle. The aim of the new “Fit im Nord-Westen” program is to help people aged 60 and over who have so far done little or no physical activity at all. This program aims to help them becoming more active and age successfully. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the research project is being carried out by the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology (BIPS), Jacobs University Bremen, the Institute for Computer Science in Oldenburg (OFFIS) and Chemnitz University of Technology. The patron is Anja Stahmann, Senator for Social Affairs, Youth, Women, Integration and Sport in Bremen.