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About us

Founded in 2002 by 25 leading global companies, ESMT offers master’sMBA, and PhD programs, as well as executive education across its campus in Berlin, various locations around the world, online, and in an online blended format.

Focusing on leadership, innovation, and analytics, its diverse faculty publishes outstanding research in top academic journals. Additionally, the international business school provides an interdisciplinary platform for discourse between politics, business, and academia. ESMT is a non-profit private institution of higher education, accredited by AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS, and FIBAA, and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion across all its activities and communities. 



From the heart of Europe, we create and impart new knowledge to advance business and society. We develop entrepreneurial leaders who think globally and act responsibly.

Purpose and values

Our purpose is empowering people to create a better tomorrow. Our shared values are community, curiosity, courage, and rigor.

Research focus

The school has prioritized three areas: leadership, innovation, and analytics. These pillars underpin the academic and organizational development of the school and guide its programming and research.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion

With the Inclusive Leadership Roundtable (ILRT) students, faculty, and staff prioritize the values and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the school and champion these in academia and the business community. ESMT has signed the “Charta der Vielfalt” (Diversity Charter).

ASPIRE Strategy

Our strategy ASPIRE guides a new phase of growth. With the financial support of ESMT founders, we bring together the six most important strategic focal points of ESMT:   

  • Advance sustainability through education and research
  • Support diverse future leaders of the world with a European mindset
  • Promote a stakeholder-oriented market economy with sustainable and globally inclusive economic growth  
  • Integrate business and technology to empower individuals, companies, and societies  
  • Research rigorously to find the right solutions to upcoming challenges for businesses and beyond  
  • Evolve into a hotspot for innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe 

Facts and figures

Representing 85 countries
Participate in the ESMT executive education programs each year
faculty members
ESMT has 45 faculty members from 19 countries
International business professionals representing numerous industries and sectors are in our exclusive alumni network
Have completed executive education programs at ESMT
million endowment
As of the end of December 2023

*Cumulative 2023

Partnerships and cooperations

ESMT is part of a number of national and international cooperations in executive development, business research, and academic exchange. These benefit ESMT students, faculty, and alumni, as well as academic and corporate partners.


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