We have new and exciting events coming up this month and in the beginning of next year! Browse through this section to find out more about what we are planning!


Did you miss the Virtual Christmas Market events last Tuesday?

No worries, you can join us each Tuesday in December for more great social, networking, and informative sessions! Fight the winter blues and take a few minutes out of your busy day to connect during any of the upcoming sessions. Click the dates to register for each event!

December 14:
12:15 – 12:45: Join us live for an interview with the winning team from this year’s Thinkathon, hosted by GDEXA

19:00 – 20:30: Grab some friends or join a random team for the virtual Quiz Night! A super fun social event, it’s more competitive than you think!

December 21:
10:00 – 10:30: Pour yourself a cup of coffee and log in for your morning coffee break hosted by our Alumni Council. Meet your representatives, chat about life after graduation, and learn about how you can stay connected with your network, and your Alma Mater.

16:00 – 17.00: Join us as we welcome Franziska Leonhardt, Ph.D.: Founder and CEO of AVE+YOU, Europe’s First AI-driven (and Green Label certified!) cosmetics company. Franziska shares her story of going from a lawyer at Rocket Internet to founding her own company, and talks about hard lessons learned along the way.

Blockchain is here to stay!

Cryptocurrencies are just the tip of the iceberg. Technology offers many opportunities (and threats) for all sectors of the economy...But can we identify them? Find out at our upcoming FIRM* Kaminabend on Friday, January 7, 2022 at 7 PM!

Dr. Marco Schulmerich and Shahrok Shedari will share their insights into blockchain and give a brief introduction to the technology as well as outline the implications for financial institutions: why digital assets are not a temporary phenomenon and why customers will demand services around digital assets in the future? Search in your email inbox for the registration link to the event or contact us for more information.

Dr. Marco Schulmerich joined Metzler in 2005. In 2018, he became a member of the Partners’ Committee B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co. Holding AG and, in this role, he assumes responsibility for the IT department. He is also responsible for Metzler’s digitization activities and is a permanent member of the Bank’s Credit Committee. Shahrok Shedari completed his Bachelor's and Master's degree at Goethe University, majoring in Finance and IT. He has been working for Bankhaus Metzler for 8 years and held various positions in different divisions. Since 2020, he has been working in the bank's innovation unit called “DigitalManufaktur”. Here, he deals with topics that could disruptively change the financial industry in the next 5 years.

*The Frankfurt Institute for Risk Management and Regulation (FIRM) was founded by the Society for Risk Management and Regulation e.V., a union of banks and associations, auditing companies as well as the state of Hesse. Their objective is to organize and promote teaching and research in risk management and regulation, especially within the financial sector. FIRM supports students of the Master in Finance program by granting scholarships and reward academic excellence in the Risk Management & Regulation track.

Feel like a GBS student for a day!

We are delighted to offer another Virtual MBA Experience for interested candidates in February 2022!

The Virtual MBA Experience has previously proven to be a great opportunity for interested candidates to experience an MBA teaser lecture first-hand. For the first time, this event will include a teaser lecture for both MBA programs – the Digital Transformation MBA and the Pharma MBA. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Thomas Funke of Tomorrow's Education and Dr. Sebastian Schäfer of TechQuartier and to dive into the topic of "Developing a successful business concept in a 'real life' scenario".

Following the teaser lecture, current MBA students and alumni will share their GBS experience with participants in a panel talk. What have you always wanted to know about the MBA experience at GBS? This will be your chance to hear all about time commitment, company support, the biggest challenges and the long-lasting bonds created.

The event will take place online on Thursday, February 17, 2022. Registration is possible via email to


It's official!...

...English Language Level Test (ELLT) now accepted for admissions to GBS master programs.

Applicants preparing to take an English level test for admissions to a master program offered by GBS can now also opt for the English Language Level Test (ELLT). The 100% online ELLT is offered by Oxford International Digital Institute and consists of a four-step assessment test. It is possible to take the test at home by accessing the ELLT portal.

Process: Applicants wishing to take this test register and pay online, and will then have immediate access to the first three components of the test (reading, listening and writing). Once completed, students can book a speaking assessment with a qualified teacher.

Info: GBS applicants can take the ELLT, which is normally priced at €95, for a discounted price! Please contact our Admissions Team via for the discount code.

Further information regarding proof of English language proficiency can be found under "Admissions" of the respective Master program page: Master in Finance, Master of Digital Transformation Management (MBA) and Master of Pharma Business Administration (MBA).

Welcome to GBS, Jun. Prof. Dr. Andreas Barth!

Join us in welcoming our new facutly member for the Master in Finance program: Jun. Prof. Dr. Andreas Barth.

Andreas will be teaching the course "Applied Credit Risk Management" from April 2022, which is also offered in our Open Programs portfolio. Before joining Saarland University Saarbrücken in his current position as a Junior Professor of Digital Transformation in Finance and Accounting, Andreas was Assistant Professor at the Chair of Banking and Finance at Goethe University Frankfurt. Andreas did various research stays at the European Systemic Risk Board and the European Central Bank. His teaching specializes inter alia in financial modeling and risk management and applied econometrics. His research focusses mainly on financial intermediation, banking regulation and financial markets.

Congratulations, Prof. Dr. Anna Rohlfing-Bastian!

Please join us in congratulating faculty member of the Master of Pharma Business Administration program, Prof. Dr. Anna Rohlfing-Bastian for making it to the 1st place for good teaching with her course "Managerial Accounting & Controlling"! This course is designed to provide students with fundamental knowledge about the use of accounting information in efficiently operating an organization in the pharmaceutical context. Prof. Rohlfing-Bastian has done a great job in teaching the learning objectives and key concepts: "Exzellente Dozentin. Unglaublich strukturiert, klar und deutlich, kann sehr „trockene“ Themen sehr gut veranschaulichen."

Prof. Dr. Anna Rohlfing-Bastian has held the Chair of Management Accounting at Goethe University Frankfurt since April 2016 and was Full Professor of Managerial Accounting at University of Tuebingen and Assistant Professor at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management. Her main research focuses are incentive systems, performance measurement, organizational structures and task assignment in firms, and relevant costs for decision making. Her nomination was published in this year's Dies Academicus of Goethe University Frankfurt.

Digitalstadt Meets Economy

"Roundtable of Digitalstadt 2021 - a Success!": A HoDT article by Rüdiger Vaelske.

Thursday, November 25, 2021, 5 p.m.: Company and start-up representatives as well as the organizers present themselves at the virtual Roundtable of Digitalstadt 2021 to discuss the potential and added value of Darmstadt's data platform.

At the online event, José David da Torre Suárez, Managing Director of Digitalstadt Darmstadt, presented the concept and content of the future-oriented data platform in a keynote speech. Followed by the managing director of the House of Digital Transformation, Hauke Schlüter, leading a 5 X 5-minute speed dating. Selected companies used the opportunity to present themselves and to win new partners for joint project ideas in the context of the urban data platform. The vivid 5-minute contributions also strengthened the content of the next agenda item.

The event was followed by a workshop conducted on the Big Blue Button platform, where participants were given the chance to analyze which use cases are crucial for the present companies on the data platform in order to further develop their business model. They used a whiteboard to illustrate and work out which data from the companies / start-ups can flow into the platform.

The organizers of the Roundtable of Digitalstadt Darmstadt 2021 were positive that they had developed valuable and inspiring input with the participants for Darmstadt's data platform. The ideas for further data platform use cases are now being evaluated and tested for feasibility. Participants can also find out about the progress of this work by means of reports on Digitalstadt Darmstadt’s website (

The House of Digital Transformation e. V. (HoDT – founded as House of IT) is a platform for promoting digital transformation in the German state of Hesse. The HoDT networks players from business, science and politics working together toward a common goal: to jointly shape the digital transformation in Hesse. HoDT Managing Director Hauke Schlüter sees a great significance in the cooperation with GBS:  "It is very important. Our mission as the House of Digital Transformation is to link science, businesses and politics. We run a large high-caliber network in these sectors. We have renowned members like Fraunhofer Institute; the Universities in Darmstadt, Kassel and of course Frankfurt; small and large companies from start-ups to big sharks like Accenture or Software AG; and of course the ministries and government. So, it makes sense to cooperate with GBS as high-end business school with its network and high-profile teachers and lecturers on academic level, ensuring excellence in theory and its application to practice." If you like to see more of the GBS and HoDT partnership, Technologieland Hessen has created an exciting videoclip illustrating this cooperation here.


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