IU International's online MBA ranks high in latest QS ratings

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  • IU places 26th in Europe and is the only German university in the QS ranking 2023.  
  • IU performs particularly well in “class experience” and “class profile”  

IU International University of Applied Sciences, Germany’s largest higher education institution, makes a mark in the QS Online MBA Rankings: Europe 2023, with the online MBA programme placing 26th in the world. QS Stars, the internationally recognised ranking platform, assesses online MBA programmes across four general areas: faculty and teaching, class profile, class experience and employer reputation. IU records an especially high performance in both the ‘class experience’ and ‘class profile’ categories and is the only German university to make the cut in the Europe 2023 rankings.  

In the QS rankings 2021, IU received a top-notch score of 99/100 - a requirement for inclusion in the ranking system. IU maintains this consistency with the online MBA programme fairing so well in 2023.  

Tech-driven flexibility and innovative digital education

Tied for third in Europe in the category ‘class experience’, IU’s flexible online approach and use of technology and innovation in the classroom proves to be a winning formula for a top-rated MBA programme. 

“Placing in the internationally renowned QS Rankings is a significant achievement, confirming our footing as a market leader in digital education and makes our online MBA programme more internationally competitive,” says Prof. Dr. Florian Hummel, Vice-Rector International, IU International University of Applied Sciences. “Our flexible online approach is what makes our study programmes so appealing to students. Regardless of where one lives or how much time one has, our students have the option to study at their own pace which is particularly appealing to those juggling work, family, and other commitments.”

A diverse community for international networking success

IU ranks fifth in the category ‘class profile’, a credit to the diverse community of international students. The multicultural IU community allows students the opportunity to learn, work and interact with people from around the world. This helps build a useful international network for future job opportunities and prepares students to be successful in today’s diverse and digitally connected career space.  

Employability is the endgame

In the ‘employability’ category, IU ties for 23rd place in Europe. Employability of IU graduates is a big goal, and the online MBA programme is specifically targeted towards helping students have high job success rates. The online MBA programme has a flexible learning model with full-time and part-time options for both IU’s 60 ECTS credits and 90 ECTS credits courses. It is available in a variety of career-focused streams such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Management, Digital Transformation and more, to help graduates be successful in the German job market.

Join IU’s multicultural community

With over 100,000 students from around the world, IU International University of Applied Sciences is Germany’s largest university. IU campuses are located in the capital city of Berlin and picturesque Bad Honnef. We offer bachelor's and master's degree programmes in English in a variety of current and lucrative subjects. IU programmes can be completed either completely online or in person or through a combination of both. This means that, depending on their chosen study models, IU students can work part-time and earn their degree from anywhere in the world. The QS world university rankings credit IU’s flexibility, diversity, and emphasis on the employability of our graduates. Join the IU community and benefit from career-focused, world class digital education.