IU International University of Applied Sciences is rated at the top 1 percent of employers.

  • An independent institute evaluated data from 160,000 companies.
  • High attractiveness in many areas, including fairness, ethics, diversity, sustainability.
  • Start-up mentality and rapid growth attract many new employees.

Erfurt, 13 January 2022. IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) was named a “Leading Employer Germany 2022”, and thus belongs to the TOP 1 percent of employers. The Institute of Research & Data Aggregation, which specialises in analytics and presents the Leading Employer Award, evaluated data from around 160,000 companies for the meta-study. About 300 web crawlers found around 10 million data records in about 200 global sources. Experts structured the data and derived the results.


IU is currently growing very fast and is the largest University of Applied Sciences in Germany, with over 75,000 students. In 2021, more than 1500 new colleagues were welcomed to the IU group. "Our employees are the most important pillar in ensuring the quality of teaching and keeping our offerings and content continuously relevant. We are happy to inspire both our existing team and new talent with our start-up mentality," says Tim Kaltenborn, Director People Organisation & Culture at IU International University of Applied Sciences. "At IU, everyone pulls together to inspire our learners, creating a work environment where everyone can contribute and where there is respect and trust," Kaltenborn continues.

In an internal survey in 2021, more than 85 percent of employees confirmed that this is the reality at IU. Inclusive and fair treatment of each other also regularly receive the highest approval ratings in external audits.


The Institute of Research & Data Aggregation has been conducting the Leading Employers meta-study since 2017. It is the most comprehensive employer study of its kind. It incorporates data sources from HR market research companies such as Great Place to Work, kununu, Glassdoor, Trendence, Top Job, Ethics in Business and other benchmarks.

"We know that data-based analyses offer valuable decision-making bases for all areas of life, because all available information flows together in them. This makes the results of the Leading Employers study particularly meaningful for us," says Kaltenborn. "We will incorporate findings from the study into our work so that we can continue to be among the best employers in the future."

Award-winning companies score highly in several dimensions of corporate culture, such as diversity, HR innovation, family-friendliness or sustainability. Employee satisfaction was also examined in the study. Here, IU occupies a top position with 4.1 out of 5 possible points, which is reflected in a recommendation rate of 84 percent. The flexible home-office and working hours’ arrangements are particularly popular with IU employees.

With over 75,000 students, IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) is the largest university in Germany. The private, state-recognised educational institution brings together more than 200 Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes under its roof, which are offered in German or English. Students can choose between on-campus study, dual study, distance learning and flexible combination models and thus shape their studies in a self-determined way. In addition, IU facilitates continuing education and promotes the idea of lifelong learning. The university's goal is to make education possible for as many people as possible. IU began operations in 2000 and is now represented in 28 German cities. It cooperates with over 10,000 companies and actively supports them in employee development. Its partners include Motel One, VW Financial Services and Deutsche Bahn. Further information at: www.iu.de/en

Tim Kaltenborn

Director People Organization & Culture

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