About EBS

Founded in 1988, EBS is the oldest privately owned business university in the Baltics. With more than 1500 students, EBS’s goal is to provide enterprising people with academic knowledge, skills and values for its successful implementation. EBS offers degrees at Bachelor’s, Master’s as well as Doctoral levels. 


In year 2011 EBS was the first university to establish its subsidiary in Finland. The goal of EBS Helsinki Branch is to provide Finnish students with the possibility to study international business administration by way of session-based learning in English in the students´ home country. EBS Helsinki is located in the modern and innovative Tehnopolis Ruoholahti business park.




EBS mission is to create and communicate new management knowledge, and equip entrepreneurial people with skills and values that would enable them to apply such knowledge successfully.


EBS vision is to become the most recognised international business school in the Baltic region.



Our core values have been defined already by the founding fathers and recently revised at Senate meeting in January 2015. EBS values are:

  • Co-operation – EBS acts, through its employees, as a partner to the society, enterprises, alumni and students

  • Competence – EBS deals with the development and communication of knowledge essential to the society and organisations in the long perspective

  • Creativity – EBS is seeking for new methods to achieve of goals and objectives by applying an “ out of the box thinking” approach

  • Independence – EBS values independence in being a university

  • Responsibility – EBS takes responsibility for the content and methods applied in the study process and the development of values in its students

  • Consideration – EBS cares for its employees, students, alumni and the development of the society

Statutes of EBS

Strategy documents

Study regulations

Year of Foundation
8th of

Estonian Businesss School was founded in 1988. 

1st of

EBS Helsinki was founded in 2011.


  Bachelor's studies    
  • In 2016 EBS English-language Bachelor’s level International Business Administration study programme became the first in Estonia to receive EPAS accreditation, which is among the highest level recognition business schools can receive. EPAS accreditation is awarded by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).
  Image removed.

Institutional accreditation

  • In September 2013 EBS received institutional accreditation and was provided with the Quality Assessment Council´s accreditation for seven years.   
  • Alongside with the accreditation, the university also received the badge of quality.
  • The international accreditation committee evaluated positively the management of EBS as an organization, the conducting of the studies, the university´s academic research and activities related to the serving of the society.
  Image removed.

International higher education transitional evaluation


Estonian Republic Government Regulation

  According to the Estonian Republic Government Regulation  No 178 (from December 18, 2008, “Standard of Higher Education” Annex 3), Estonian Business School has the right to issue academic degrees and diplomas to students after completing the corresponding programme (21.08.2010). See: the decree no 632, 1.07.2010 of the Ministry of Education and Science.



CEEMAN Accreditation

  • Estonian Business School has the CEEMAN (Central and East European Management Development Association) international accreditation since 2001.
  Image removed.


EBS Story

A few remarks about Estonia may be needed to understand the context where EBS operates. Estonia is a small country in the Northeast of Europe with a population of around 1.4 million people. Between 1941 and 1991 it was part of the Soviet Union, subsequently regaining independence in 1991. Since then, the pace of change in all areas of society and economy has been amazing and Estonia has embraced the idea of market economy without hesitation or compromise. The size of the country and its orientation towards the West has meant that EBS has stressed the international perspective from the start, and the rapidly changing environment has encouraged EBS to respond and adapt at an adequate speed.


When EBS was founded in 1988, it was the first institution in Estonia to introduce diploma business education. Since business administration did not exist in soviet universities, there was no teaching tradition, no faculty and no textbooks: a difficult starting position. Today, the situation is much more favourable, but Estonia is still not Great Britain, and Estonian Business School is not (and does not claim to be) London Business School. Adapting to the Estonian context has meant, for example, that EBS uses many practitioners and higher level managers as lecturers in its courses, and that EBS acknowledges and appreciates most of its students working full-time or part-time in addition to studying. Another factor for our success can be attributed to us using both English and Estonian as languages of instruction, thus preparing students for the Estonian market and beyond.


Starting from the scratch can also be seen as an advantage since we were not tied down by outdated procedures and overwhelming traditions from the past. One example of this is the opportunity to use the right proportion of full-time and part-time lecturers. The opportunity to learn from best practices at other institutions around the world has been extremely useful. The growth and development of EBS reflects what could be called a multiple-customer approach: we have tried to cater not only to our students, but also to our students’ employers and the society as a whole. In doing so, it seems that EBS is well in line with trends among institutions of business education worldwide. The notions of anticipating change, revising traditional programs to fit actual needs, and last but not least, applying management theories and best business practices in the running of the institution itself appear to be gaining more and more ground even in the more traditional and slow-changing environments of Western business schools.