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Mission and Statement of Ethical Principles

Management and leadership with practical relevance in a global perspective

We offer high-quality academic education on Master’s level with strong practical relevance, adhering to the high standards of the German educational system. In our academic approach we foster intercultural awareness, critical thinking and the exchange of ideas in a global perspective by providing discussion-oriented seminars in small groups, a variety of teaching and assessment methods, and support for self-learning processes.

Value-orientation in the context of diversity

We attach great importance to developing our students’ personalities and broadening their horizons by exposing them to the diversity of our school. In the spirit of the European tradition of values, we serve as ambassadors of sustainability and social responsibility.

Research for practice

We are devoted to applied research linking academia with practice. We capitalize on the creativeness and innovative capacity of our students by encouraging them to engage in our research activities.

We care

Every student is important to us. Our teaching is student-centered and takes into account the various backgrounds of our diverse student body comprising of over 40 nations. We provide comprehensive services and support in academic, administrative and practical matters. For our alumni, we always stay a harbor to return home to.

Statement of Ethical Principles 

In our mission, we have committed us to act as ambassadors for social responsibility and sustainability in the spirit of the European tradition of values. We can only take on this role if all members of our school understand and share this ethical approach. Therefore, we have formulated four core values, which have been agreed upon in a process integrating representatives from all stakeholder groups (i.e. students, faculty, administration, and business practitioners). This set of values is meant to serve as on overarching ethical guideline for our scientific work, our academic discourse and our interactions with each other, thus contributing to the fulfillment of the value component of our mission.

Our ethical principles form a set of values we are committed to in every action we undertake.

1. Tolerance and Respect in the Context of Diversity

Recognizing the value of different cultural affiliations, religious beliefs, professional experiences, educational backgrounds, intellectual point of views and genders, we embrace the diversity of our school as a driving force for the mutual respect that guides our interactions. We are deeply committed to an open-minded and respectful approach to people and their ideas as a fundamental component of the academic discourse.

2. Focus on People

Every student is important to us. Our teaching is student-centered and takes into account the various backgrounds of our diverse student body comprising of over 40 nations. We provide comprehensive services and support in academic, administrative and practical matters. For our alumni, we always stay a harbor to return home to.

3. Ambassadors of Sustainability and Social Responsibility

In the spirit of the European tradition of values, we serve as ambassadors of sustainability and social responsibility, encouraging our students, colleagues, suppliers and sponsors to join us in our commitment. We promote the idea of a participative and value-based community, in which profit-making is not an end in itself, but provides a direct link to social responsibility and the common good.

4. Place of Inspiration

As an academic institution we see ourselves obliged to the creation and dissemination of knowledge and ideas. We foster curiosity and creativity in our students, encouraging them to exploit their ideas and build on their opportunities. Our students, professors, and business practitioners form an active academic community which is a source of inspiration for our partners in business and higher education.

Message from the Dean

"The International Graduate Center, part of the public University of Applied Sciences Bremen, offersthe highest level of further education for academics. Our practice and application-orientated Masters courses are distinguished by their international focus as well as the constant dialogue between science and economics. Studies at one of Germany’s oldest graduate schools open up a multitude of prospects and opportunities for your professional future. In addition to imparting established knowledge on how to deal with challenging tasks, our courses of study also provide social and intercultural skills. The special atmosphere of our graduate school characterises our relationships with students, businesses and institutions: IGC encourages students and pushes them to reach their full potential; it inspires them and opens up new horizons. We would like to invite you to get to know us better!"

Prof. Dr. Tim Goydke,
Dean IGC