Why Accreditation?

Accreditation serves the following goals:

  • Guarantee quality of teaching and study for the development of the Business School
  • Increase mobility of students
  • Increase compatibility of degrees internationally
  • Facilitate orientation within the new Bachelor and Master Studies for students, employers and universities
  • Increase transparency of the programs


The Danube Business School and its programs are tested and awarded.


FIBAA-logoFIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation) is an international accreditation agency mainly active in Europe. It aids higher education institutions in the further development of their Bachelor-, Master- and PhD programmes. This is achieved through an intensive accreditation process involving the higher education institution. On the one hand this process aims at quality improvement, on the other it aims at the accreditation of the programme. This quality process comprises the consultation to quality management, the appraisal of the program concerning its structure and contents as well as the fulfillment of the requirements which are needed in order to bestow the FIBAA-quality seal.



ACBSP AccreditedDanube Business School has met the requirements of ACBSP Accreditation.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs is the leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn how to learn.
ACBSP acknowledges the importance of scholarly research and inquiry and believes that such activities facilitate improved teaching. Institutions are strongly encouraged to pursue a reasonable mutually beneficial balance between teaching and research. And further, ACBSP encourages faculty involvement within the contemporary business world to enhance the quality of classroom instruction and to contribute to student learning.

Graduation & Retention Rate


Graduation within 2 years 

Ø54,50% Ø77,50% Ø58,25% Ø70%

Graduation within 3 years 

Ø42,50% Ø15,75% Ø28,75% Ø25%



Retention rate *)

100 % Ø97,33% Ø90,33% Ø91%


*) Percentage of students who continue to enroll in the following semester

Satisfaction & Recommendation

  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Satisfaction rate *) 96% 92% 89% 92% 91% 85%  
Recommendation rate **) 88% 87% 88% 88% 90% 83%  


*) Graduates from Danube Business School were asked to give feedback how satisfied they were with their program in general.
The majority commented that they were very satisfied or satisfied with their program.

**) Graduates from Danube Business School were asked to give feedback how likely they would recommend the program they attended.
The majority commented that they were very likely or likely to recommend this program.

Advisory Board

Established in June 2016, the advisory board consults the Danube Business School on it strategic policies. This initiative aims at a fruitful exchange between research and practice to ensure that both current and future needs of business and society are identified and adequately addressed in our study programs.

The members of the advisory board are outstanding individuals representing business practice, research and teaching. With their expertise, skills, and networks they make sure that the DBS postgraduate learning portfolio continues to be state-of-the-art and caters to the latest demands and trends in research and practice.



Douglas J. Gilbert, DBA, JD, MBA

Professor of Management

Mag.a Silvia Grünberger, MBA

Absolventin DUK

Prof. Dr. René Schmidpeter

Cologne Business School

Prof.in Elisabeth Stadler

Generaldirektorin der Vienna Insurance Group

Em.o.Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Adolf Stepan

Technische Universität Wien, Universität für Weiterbildung Krems

Dr. Reinhard Willfort

Geschäftsführer der ISN - Innovation Service Network GmbH


PRME Principles for Responsible Management Education 

Since 2014 Danube Business School has been a Logo PRMEmember of the PRME initiative launched by the United Nations. As institutions of higher education involved in the development of current and future managers we declare our willingness to progress in the implementation, within our institution, of the following Principles, starting with those that are more relevant to our capacities and mission. We will report on progress to all our stakeholders and exchange effective practices related to these principles with other academic institutions: 

Principle 1
Purpose: We will develop the capabilities of students to be future generators of sustainable value for business and society at large and to work for an inclusive and sustainable global economy.

Principle 2
Values: We will incorporate into our academic activities and curricula the values of global social responsibility as portrayed in international initiatives such as the United Nations Global Compact.

Principle 3
Method: We will create educational frameworks, materials, processes and environments that enable effective learning experiences for responsible leadership.

Principle 4
Research: We will engage in conceptual and empirical research that advances our understanding about the role, dynamics, and impact of corporations in the creation of sustainable social, environmental and economic value.

Principle 5
Partnership: We will interact with managers of business corporations to extend our knowledge of their challenges in meeting social and environmental responsibilities and to explore jointly effective approaches to meeting these challenges.

Principle 6
Dialogue: We will facilitate and support dialogue and debate among educators, students, business, government, consumers, media, civil society organizations and other interested groups and stakeholders on critical issues related to global social responsibility and sustainability.


In February 2014 Universities and educational establishments from Germany, Austria and Switzerland launched the PRME DACH Chapter. With its membership Danube Business School committed itself to be part of and further develop standards for responsible management education, in German-speaking countries as well as in Europe.

„The Principles for Responsible Management Education have the capacity to take the case for universal values and business into classrooms on every continent.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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