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Business Administration, Department

Fakultät für Wirtschafts- und Rechtswissenschaften at the TH Köln

Schmalenbach Institut für Wirtschaftswissenschaften

  • Gustav-Heinemann-Ufer 54
  • 50968 Köln
  • Phone: +49 221 8275-3439
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Basic information

Total number of students 2,030 *
Number of master degree students 200
Percentage of teaching by practitioners no data
Percentage of teaching by practitioners, master's

Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase 9/14 points

Results of study

Graduations in appropriate time, undergraduate degrees 67.4 % *
Graduations in appropriate time, master's 58.7 % *

International orientation

International orientation, bachelor's 4/12 points
International orientation, master's 5/12 points
Outgoing students 3.0 %

Job market- and career-orientation

Contact with work environment, bachelor's 6/12 points
Contact with work environment, master's
Bachelor theses in cooperation with work environment 8.0 %
Master theses in cooperation with work environment 21.2 %
Share of professors with work experience 22.4 %


Third party funds per professor < 3 T Euro

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support 2.6
Support in studies 2.5
Courses offered 2.5
Study organisation 2.0
Exams 2.5
Job market preparation 2.5
Support during practical semester
Support for stays abroad 2.3
Rooms 2.3
Library 2.1
IT-infrastructure 2.4
Overall study situation 2.2

Students' assessments on consecutive master's degree courses

Teacher support 2.5
Support in studies 2.6
Courses offered 2.8
Study organisation 1.8
Transition to Master's studies 2.1
Support for stays abroad 2.3
Overall study situation

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Further information provided by the department

  • Special features regarding teaching
    Through interdisciplinary, project-based teaching, students acquire not only expertise and methodological skills, but also social skills and develop the ability to work independently and take responsibility. The Schmalenbach Institute offers two summer schools for students: in China and in Russia. The supervision ratio of teaching staff to students is particularly good due to teaching in small groups in the main course.
  • Special features regarding the international orientation
    The Schmalenbach Institute's focus is on international business. Given this focus, there is an international exchange of students, teachers and researchers. Students of courses in general Business Administration or Banking and Finance also benefit from these activities through an expanded, variable range of courses, guest lectures, seminars or project work with exchange students. The institute coordinates cooperation with universities worldwide.
  • Exchange universities for stay abroads
    Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australien; University of North Florida in Jacksonville, USA; Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, China; Université Catholique de l'Afrique Centrale in Yaounde, Kamerun; Nishegoroder Staatliche Universität für Architektur und Bauwesen, Russland; Ipag Ecole Supérieure de Commerce, Frankreich; Karlstad Universitet, Schweden; University of Limerick, Irland.
  • Special features regarding the equipment
    The Faculty of Economics and Law has 7 mostly freely accessible computer rooms, which are also used for teaching. Subject-specific databases are made available. In some cases, computer-based business games are based on current market data. SPSS and interactive classroom response systems are also used in teaching. Students can use eduroam on site.
  • Special features regarding research and development
    Since the Schmalenbach Institute has a broad base, there are research activities in various areas, including new institutional economics, quantitative methods, digital business models, entrepreneurship, sustainability and many more.
  • Support for founders
    The Schmalenbach Institute offers start-up advice, provided by professors, for students, an Entrepreneurs' Club on networking and lecture series on relevant topics for business founders. These are offered in addition to the programmes available at the TH Cologne as part of the hgnc (University Founders' Network Cologne). There is also an incubator for founders at the Faculty of Economics and Law. An integral part of all courses is the development of business models and the creation of business plans.
  • Other special features
    Students have the possibility of acquiring further education outside their subjects. To this end, there are language courses and modules on cross-disciplinary qualifications. The COMpetencePASS allows students to pursue their skills development independently. Extracurricular, interdisciplinary and volunteer commitment for students is particularly important at the Schmalenbach Institute. At Enactus you learn entrepreneurship in social innovation projects or at eMotorsports Cologne. Alternatively, you involve yourself in self-administration (student council).
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Last update 2020: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education.
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