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IU Alumni Council

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Strengthening communication between alumni, students and IU International University and connecting alumni of all study models and programmes - this is what our Alumni Council with its members are committed to. Everyone who has graduated from IU International University is part of the alumni community and can be elected as a member of the Alumni Council. 

Taj Ashraf

M.ENG. Engineering Management , Content Creator, YouTube

With more than ten years of international experience as an electrical engineer and in people and project management, I would like to be involved in shaping IU's alumni network. I believe I can help, especially the international students and graduates from Southeast Asia and the MENA region, to connect with each other and IU with a new approach.


Janet Blasius

Hospitality Management, Director Talent Programs and Brand Training, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Mariott International EMEA Continent Office 

Love what you do and do what you love: that has always been my motto. Discovering your passion is not always straightforward though, and as a student I needed a lot of trial and error to figure out where my path would lead me; it in the end, it was connections with industry professionals that formed the deciding factor. These networking opportunities keep learning relevant and applicable, and provides students with a better link to business and industry. For me now, it’s time to give back by supporting current students and helping to bring alumni together – because what makes a difference in people’s lives is connection.  


To the success story

Lars Holger Engelhard

MBA, CEO, Unleash Future Boats GmbH

Above all, I would like to promote networking between graduates and the IU. This is where I see great potential: the reputation of our university is shaped by the successes of our graduates. At the same time, we can give new impulses to the IU as well as to our network in order to grow together. The time is now - the awards of the last few years have shown the great achievements of IU's graduates. Here's to a vibrant platform where we shape the future together!


Nils Franz

Business Administrations - Logistic Management, Consultant, agiplan GmbH Germany 

Right from the start of my dual studies, I was active as a semester group spokesperson and later as a student member of the IU International University of Applied Sciences Senate. In view of the rapid growth of the university, I think the expansion of the alumni community is an important task. I would like to play my part in further developing the networking concept and the alumni community. Especially the personal level of contact that defines university life at IU International University of Applied Sciences enables a close interdisciplinary professional exchange and interesting contacts for new career perspectives or business cooperations. An aptly designed alumni community will offer both students and alumni an attractive network.  


Marcel Haubold

M. Sc. Business Informatics, Digital Technical Specialist, Microsoft

My beginnings at IU go back some time and I'm still here today! After studying Business Informatics, first Bachelor, then Master, I continued in various courses as a lecturer, author and tutor, thus passing on my knowledge to students.

In early 2023, I emigrated from Germany and found my professional home at Microsoft in beautiful Ireland - equipped with the necessary expertise thanks to my studies at IU. I am looking forward to maintaining and expanding the alumni network on an international level.


Ahmet Heperkan

M. A. International Aviation Management

Through my involvement, I hope to fulfill my passion to further the impact of our alumni community. Even during my studies, I was committed to creating networking opportunities within the student community. As a member of the Alumni Council, I would like to continue to contribute my ideas and suggestions to shape our alumni network and have a positive impact on our university and community as a whole. I am very excited to connect with you on LinkedIn.


Till Hoddick

B.A. International Hospitality Management, Senior Consultant, TauRes Gesellschaft für Investmentberatung mbH

I am fascinated by the idea that every individual carries with them an incredible opportunity to create added value and leave a mark. All of this is based on the ability to conduct deep interpersonal relationships, and that's exactly what I burn for. One of the biggest factors in success is connecting with other people. Success is relative, but at the end of the day we all want to be happy and our happiness is determined by the number of deep relationships we have with people. So let's have relationships together, let's network together, and let's add value together.


Parag Narvekar

M. A. International Management, Product Lead, AVIV Group

My motivation stems from a strong attachment to IU, borne of precious memories and a recognition of the transformative impact of the education IU provides. Through my involvement, I want to express my gratitude by giving back to my alma mater and supporting future generations of students. This includes playing my part to foster a sense of community, create networking opportunities, and participate in initiatives that advance the professional and personal growth of alumni.


Tim Nöhring

Business Administration - Taxation and Auditing, Tax Specialist, ECOVIS Düsseldorf 

Promoting the concept of networking in general offers graduates, lecturers and members of the university both professional and social opportunities. In particular, the rapidly growing IU International University of Applied Sciences with its various study models holds great potential for a fruitful exchange between stakeholders. In order to actively help shape the alumni community, I would like to extend my previous commitment as a student representative for IU International University of Applied Sciences by serving as an alumni representative on the Alumni Council. 


Roman Pastoors

Business Administration- Real Estate Management

Even as a student representative and member of the Senate, I was committed to a strong alumni network. That is why I would be more than happy to help shape and develop the alumni network as an alumni representative. With its various international study models, IU International University of Applied Sciences in particular offers the ideal basis for promising career advancement - combined with lifelong learning opportunities.


Harshvardhan Rathore


Being a part of IU as an alumnus is already an honour for me. Getting involved as an Alumni Council member to give back to current students is like a dream come true. I am excited to share my experiences with current students as an IU graduate. The IU alumni have succeeded in making the university proud. Doing my part to continue that and to realize the potential of an ever-growing alumni network is a challenge I gladly accept.


Colin Samarashina

Hospitality Management, Managing Director Millennium Hospitality International GmbH

Personal relationships are what give life its value. This is why I look forward to serving as a representative in the Alumni Network in Frankfurt and helping to bring alumni together to share their unique personalities and remarkable experiences.  


Mary Ann Varughese

B.A. Tourismuswirtschaft, Research Analyst, Amrop Woodburn Mann  

Already during my Dual Studies Bachelor’s degree, I contributed my time as a course spokesperson; as a result, I am very well networked with alumni from various years, as well as with the IU team through regular meetings, events and everyday university life. I’ve continued to maintain these contacts post-graduation, parallel to my Master’s degree in General Management at IU. It is important to me to deepen my links with the university, help to the alumni network to grow and overall to advance the IU alumni community. I have proven this in the last two years in the Alumni Council and would like to continue to do my part. 


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Awards, accreditations and certifications

IU Internationale Hochschule ist seit 1999 eine staatlich anerkannte HochschuleIU Internationale Hochschule ist vom Wissenschaftsrat akkreditiertIU Internationale Hochschule ist zugelassen für FernunterrichtIU Internationale Hochschule erhält beim StudyCheck-Award 2023 die Auszeichnung „Top Hochschule in Deutschland“