Since 1990 Saarland University has offered a postgraduate MBA study programme, which is located at the Business Department of the Europa-Institut.

In the early years, the Saarbrücken study programme was a pioneer, because it was the first study programme at a German university leading to an MBA degree.

Conscious of its tradition, the study programme at the Business Department of the Europa-Institut is characterized by an explicit European focus, internationality and practice-orientation.

For more than 25 years, future managers have profited from an education that prepares them to deal with the requirements of tomorrow’s Europe.

Originally, students had the option of taking business studies or economics. This distinction was removed in the year 2000, when the two subjects were combined into a single programme.

The MBA study programme ‘European Management’ was FIBAA-accredited in the year 2009. In 2015 the study programme was granted the ‘UdS-Qualitätspass’ in the context of the system accreditation of Saarland University.


Directors of the Europa-Institut, Business Department

1990 – 2016 Prof. Dr. Christian Scholz
1990 – 1995 Prof. Dr. Werner Pommerehne
1991 – 2015 Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Joachim Zentes
1992 – 1997 Prof. Dr. Robert Holzmann
1997 – 1999 Prof. Dr. Christian Keuschnigg
2015 – 2017 Prof. Dr. Andrea Gröppel-Klein
2017 – today Prof. Dr. Bastian Popp


Well-known guests at the Europa-Institut


German Federal President Roman Herzog


Dr. Peter Hartz
Chief Human Resource Officer of Volkswagen AG


Dr. Horst Reichenbach
European Commission, General Director GD24


Prof. Dr. Norbert Walter
Chief Economist of Deutsche Bank Gruppe


Prof. Dr. Peter Scholl-Latour


Professor Dr. Vassilios Skouris
President of  the European Court of Justice


Klaus-Peter Müller
Spokesman of the Board of Commerzbank AG


Herr Wendelin von Boch
Member of the Supervisory Board of Villeroy & Boch AG
Former President and Executive Chief Officer of Villeroy & Boch AG


Professor Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering
Former President of the European Parlament


Detthold Aden
Chairman of the Board of BLG LOGISTICS GROUP AG & Co. KG


Dr. Joachim Meinhold
Chief Member of the Management of Saarbrücker Zeitung Verlag und Druckerei GmbH


George Rietbergen
Chief Member of the Management of Goodyear Dunlop Tires Germany GmbH


Jo Leinen, MdEP
Member of the European Parliament, ‘Europa-Büro‘