Goethe University

Goethe University is a strongly research-oriented university at the heart of Europe’s financial center Frankfurt am Main. Lively, urban and open to the world, the university enjoys administrative autonomy and a unique kind of independence. Founded in 1914 as the first foundation university in Germany, privately funded by the citizens of Frankfurt, Goethe University has grown into the third largest university in Germany, with more than 45.000 students, 16 research departments and 650 professorships.

Current flagship projects are the three Clusters of Excellence, which have been accomplished within the framework of the Initiative of Excellence in natural science, human science and humanities. As part of the LOEWE initiative, Goethe University together with its partners managed to convince with four centers and seven areas of focus. As a result, 55 endowed and guest professorships have been realized, further enhancing Goethe University’s leading position in Germany.


Besides the traditional fields of research and teaching, further education is gaining more and more importance for the academic world. The mission of Goethe University as a citizens’ university is to promote knowledge transfer and to enable life-long learning. Following this mission, Goethe Business School is the unique place at Goethe University that fuels professional and personal development

Prof. Dr. Birgitta WolffFormer President, Goethe University

Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

GBS is closely connected to the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, which counts among the most attractive business administration faculties in Germany – and with more than 40 professorships in seven departments among the largest. This is not least due to the fact that a successful connection between theory and practice has been achieved, as well as an open approach to a broad spectrum of theoretical, practical and sociopolitical approaches.

This unique approach has been in place since more than 100 years and finds its origins in the Academy of Social and Commercial Science, founded in 1901 by entrepreneur and social politician Wilhelm Merton. Merton aspired to found a scientific institution, which would incorporate the special requirements of modern economics in education and research. The Faculty has committed to this credo ever since. Since 2005, the Faculty is recognized as one of the first in Germany with the seal of approval of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which stands for the highest standards in research and teaching.

House of Finance

The House of Finance incorporates various interdisciplinary research and educational trainings activities in the area of finance and financial law at Goethe University Frankfurt. It is an open forum for exchange and cooperation between science, politics and practice. In addition to GBS, the House of Finance accommodates a variety of interdisciplinary institutions such as the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE.

In the House of Finance, a total of around 170 scientists, male and female, are working, including 30 Professors – creating one of the largest research groups for financial and monetary themes in Europe. 

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