Reputation and Accreditation
I imagine this University way ahead of the others. It is not only passing quality on to its students but also having its quality confirmed by official authorities. However, this is no reason to sit on its laurels: At my University, quality is constantly being checked. The aim is not just to maintain levels of quality but to continually improve them.
Accreditation from FIBAA
All of the degree programs at Karlshochschule are accredited by FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation).
Both European and international in scope, FIBAA is an agency working on quality assurance and quality development in academic education. It sees itself as a partner to further education institutions and other bodies offering scientific education, aiming to help them implement quality strategies and monitoring their progress regularly. The agency's priorities are educational programs in the fields of economics, law and the social sciences.
In September 2014, FIBAA awarded all eight Bachelor degree programs its Premium Seal. The public announcement of this stated:
"A total of 60 quality criteria were met, more than half of those were exceeded, and four were even assessed as 'excellent'. That is the sensational result of the accreditation for eight Bachelor degree programs at Karlshochschule International University, Karlsruhe. The re-accreditation of the degree programs 'International Business (B.A.)', 'Intercultural Management and Communication (B.A.)', 'International Marketing Management (B.A.)', 'International Energy Management (B.A.)', 'International Event Management (B.A.)', 'Arts and Cultural Management (B.A.)', 'International Tourism Management (B.A.)' and 'International Media Management (B.A.)' at Karlshochschule confirms the high quality of the courses of studies and clearly demonstrates the positive developments that have taken place since the initial accreditation five years ago. The assessors praised the University for its serious consideration of suggestions made during the initial accreditation and the successful measures developed to implement them. We are, of course, very proud that our work and our recommendations to Karlshochschule helped them achieve this sensational result! "It is a confirmation of the value of our work and shows we are on the right path," said Daisuke Motoki, Managing Director of FIBAA. "In particular, the assessors evaluate the participatory culture at Karlshochschule as excellent: the internal cooperation between participants in different degree programs is characterized by a finely woven web of discussion and coordination forums which create the framework for an intensive and systematic coordination of both specific modules and the overall set of modules on offer. There are both institutionalized and informal forums where a lively and fertile exchange takes place, giving rise to joint projects and cooperative seminars and lectures. The Karlshochschule culture also includes close, responsible support for students, which is particularly visible in the form of organized meetings and feedback groups, as well as tutoring and mentoring programs. The assessors also praise the cultural-constructivist approach and the corresponding didactic profile of the degree programs, which lead to a systematic growth in knowledge. The forms of instruction and assessment are chosen carefully to suit the curriculum contents and their stimulating wealth of variety is impressive. A further characteristic of the degree programs is the fact that international and intercultural contents are integral components with an impact throughout all of the curricula. This universal focus on internationality ensures the students are being prepared for international tasks in a consistent and verifiable way."
CHE Ranking 2014/15
I can be proud that my University gained good marks in the current CHE ranking. And that for more than just its student support and the practical nature of its studies.
For its economic science degree programs, Karls earned excellent marks in the criterion "Rooms", too: for the special atmosphere created by open spaces, glass walls and open-air lectures it received a 1.3 grade. In the categories "Contact to students" (1.5) and "Study organization" (1.7) it also scored well. A grade of 1.7 was also achieved for the criteria "Teacher support" and "Job market preparation". And my University was also among the cream of the crop when it came to "International orientation".
93.8 per cent of the graduates achieved their Bachelor's degree in the regular period of study. This statistic puts Karls, currently with 666 students, among the best universities in the country, just eight years after its foundation. As early as 2011 there were top marks for my University in the CHE ranking. Current rankings can be found, for example, via the CHE website and in the "ZEIT Studienführer 2014/15".
The rankings list over 300 universities and universities of applied sciences, more than 2,500 specialist disciplines, 7,500 degree programs and 33 subjects, accompanied by the assessments of their students. There is a particularly exhaustive presentation of subjects relating to economics: from classical economics and business administration through economic sciences and industrial engineering on to economic law or business IT, school leavers can find very specific results that will help them to choose the best location for them to study at.
The CHE higher education ranking is the most comprehensive and detailed ranking in the German-speaking countries. Each year, one third of the subjects are evaluated anew. As well as facts on the courses of studies, teaching and facilities, the ranking also includes judgments from students relating to the conditions for studying at their institute.
Accreditation from the Wissenschaftsrat (Council of Science and Humanities)
Karlshochschule has had statutory accreditation from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts in Baden-Württemberg since 2005.
As part of the accreditation process, the Council of Science and Humanities assessed teaching and research at Karlshochschule. The result: "In view of the overall very good development, which Karlshochschule has undertaken since the initial accreditation, and the great willingness it has shown during this to implement the suggestions made by the Wissenschaftsrat, the Wissenschaftsrat has declared an extension of the accreditation to ten years."
In its accreditation statement, the Council also emphasised how Karlshochschule had convincingly achieved its main goal, namely, by means of practice-oriented instruction and training, to enable its students to independently apply scientific insights and methods in their professional lives.
By granting its institutional accreditation, the Wissenschaftsrat ascertained that this non-state University can reach a level of teaching and research that matches recognized academic standards. In this way, both academic effectiveness and the functionality of internal quality control systems are ensured.
The council also advises the federal and state governments on issues of specialist and structural development of higher education institutes, academia and research. Its members included academics, representatives of public life, and delegates from the federal and state governments.