Who

we are

Icon University

We are Europe’s fastest-growing university

With over 75,000 students enrolled, IU Group, holding company behind IU - International University of Applied Sciences, is Germany’s largest private university group. IU provides a well-diversified mix of online degree courses, part-time studies and on-campus learning.
We are a pioneer in delivering high-quality education, leveraging technology and innovation to meet the changing needs of students.
Today, our vertically-integrated education platform offers the largest portfolio of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in Europe with more than 200 accredited courses in German in English. We cooperate with more than 6,000 enterprises and actively support them in their people development including in high-demand areas such as business administration, data & artificial intelligence and technology.

The company was founded in 2000 and is now present in 28 German cities. Behind IU Group are more than 1,800 employees from more than 60 nationalities.

<2k

Students

2012

17k

Students

2018

>75k

Students

2021

>175k

Students

2024

FACTS & FIGURES

students

>75,000

CORPORATE PARTNERS

>6,000

UPSKILLING opportunities

~350

degree programmes

>200

Thereof in English

~60

STUDY LOCATIONS

28

Multi-jurisdiction accreditation

UK & DE
Our Vision

EVERYBODY CAN ACCESS EDUCATION TO GROW

We want to become the #1 university in the world.
everybody
We are inclusive and non-elitist for global talents.
access
Our offering is accessible and affordable.
education
Our offer ranges from higher education to nano degrees.
grow
We drive individual progress through high-quality, career-oriented education.
our mission

EMPOWER PEOPLE WITH THE MOST LEARNER-CENTRIC EDUCATION APPROACH

Our Approach

Our students come first. We advance higher education with the clear goal of empowering people to grow.

We put the student centrE stage

We democratise learning by removing cultural, geographical, and financial entry-barriers and bridging the gaps between vocational, corporate and university education. Our customised learning journeys are designed to fit students’ individual lives and preferences.

highly satisfied students from more than 110 countries

Student-centric teaching innovation and AI technologies improve learning results while a clear focus on real-life skills and knowledge helps students succeed in the societies of tomorrow.

Sustainability

ESG is more than just three letters to us. We are committed to environmental sustainability, provide affordable education for thousands, and adhere to the highest governance standards.
70%

of our students are from non-academic households

5x

more new students without a-levels compared to traditional universities

20%

of salary uplift after having completed an online study programme

We constantly look for ways to reduce our greenhouse-gas emissions

At the same time, we compensate any CO2 emissions through renowned international projects. For instance, we support the expansion of renewable energies in India and promote sustainable agricultural management of the forest areas on the south coast of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe.
Online education reduces CO2 emissions by a factor of ten.

IU is the first online learning institution to be TÜV-certified for its CO2 neutrality.

Our students Put their trust in us and we keep our promise

Over 90% would recommend IU to others. That is why in everything we do we make sure to adhere to the highest standards of governance.

We hold the highest form of university accreditation

We are measured against the same high standards as any traditional university.
Approved by the science council for scientific excellence

Meet the Leaders

IU Group is led by a highly experienced, committed and entrepreneurial-minded leadership team.

Dr. Sven
Schütt

Dr. Sven
Schütt

Skilled leader of public and private enterprises

AI thought-leader w/ back-ground in neurosciences
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Marvin
Lange

Marvin
Lange

Experienced CFO in high-volume digital businesses

Expertise in supporting hyper-growth strategies
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Dr. Carmen
Thoma

Dr. Carmen
Thoma

Economist with vast analytical skillset

Expert in data-driven digital sales and marketing
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Prof. Dr. Holger
Sommerfeldt

Prof. Dr. Holger
Sommerfeldt

Background in high-class research and academia

Vision-keeper for the digital learning experience
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