IU International University of Applied Sciences cooperates with DEHOGA Sachsen e.V.

New education partnership helps secure skilled workers from hospitality and tourism industry


Dual studies students from IU in Dresden and Leipzig on the Tourism Management course benefit from joint measures.

  • IU expands cooperation network with DEHOGA Sachsen e.V. from October 2023.
  •  Dual studies students from IU in Dresden and Leipzig on the Tourism Management course will benefit from joint measures. 
  • Partnership goes beyond tuition fee reduction and includes joint events and projects.

Erfurt, Germany, 25 August 2023. IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU), the largest university in Germany, has started a partnership with DEHOGA Sachsen e.V. (The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Saxony) from October 2023. This means that IU is gaining the third largest state association with over 1,200 members and potential practice partners for dual studies, alongside DEHOGA Lower Saxony and DEHOGA North Rhine-Westphalia. The aim of the cooperation is to recruit and train dual students for the hospitality and tourism industry.

The day of the cooperation, the Chief Executive Officer of DEHOGA Sachsen e.V., Mr. Axel Klein, visited the IU location in Dresden. “The cooperation with IU underlines our commitment to promoting education and strengthening the competitiveness of our members. We are confident that this partnership will help to further drive the future of our industry and open new opportunities for all participants. By closely integrating theory and practice during their studies, it allows students to bring fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to our companies. This collaboration encourages the creation and implementation of innovative concepts and solutions that will ultimately contribute to the sustainable growth of our industry.”

The cooperation includes various measures that go beyond simply reducing tuition fees. These include the joint publication of job advertisements, the organisation of events and excursions as well as the integration of employees from the partner companies into the teaching activities. This can be done through lectures, expert talks or as honorary lecturers.

About the dual study programme at IU

The dual study programme at IU offers students the opportunity to gain practical experience in a regional company in addition to theoretical lectures and seminars. This model allows students to apply their acquired knowledge directly into practice, either in a weekly rotation or a split-week model. The theoretical part of the study programme can be completed in different ways: traditionally on-site at the campus, through online teaching or also independently of a location via our virtual campus. More information on IU’s dual studies at: iu.de/en/dual-studies/.


With over 130,000 students, IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) is the largest university in Germany. The private, state-recognised educational institution with its headquarters in Erfurt began operations in 2000 and is now represented in more than 35 German cities. Students from over 180 nations design their studies according to their needs: whether practice-integrated dual studies, flexible distance learning or individual “myStudium”, which combines online self-study and campus life. IU wants to give people worldwide access to personalised education for a fulfilled and self-determined life. In more than 150 German- and over 50 English-language study programmes in bachelor's, master's and MBA fields, IU teaches students key competencies relevant to the future. A digitally supported learning environment and the use of AI solutions help students to achieve optimal learning results and experiences. IU is one of the first universities in the world to have developed and deployed its own AI-supported learning buddy. IU cooperates with over 15,000 companies and supports them in the academic training of professionals. Partners include Motel One, Vodafone, AWO and Deutsche Bahn. Further information at: iu.org