Sascha Lobo joins the advisory board of IU

The digital expert advises Germany's largest university on artificial intelligence issues


The digital expert advises Germany's largest university on artificial intelligence issues.

  •  Sascha Lobo is a leading expert on digital topics and technologies as well as one of the leading minds in the current German AI debate.
  • The AI expert is impressed by IU's efforts in AI-supported learning. 
  • By joining the IU's Advisory Board, Lobo joins the ranks of renowned advisory board members such as Jimmy Wales or Tobias Bonhoeffer.

Erfurt, Germany, 19 September 2023. The journalist, bestselling author and publicist Sascha Lobo is a new member of the Advisory Board of IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU). In the future, he will advise IU on the central strategic field of AI. With over 100,000 students, IU is Germany's largest university and a pioneer in the application of AI in education. 

Sascha Lobo is a thought leader for digital topics and technologies. Among other things, he has gained a reputation for his exceptional expertise and critical analyses in his SPIEGEL column "Die Mensch Maschine". In the current AI debate, Lobo is one of the leading experts when it comes to the opportunities and risks of AI - especially in the field of education. 

Sascha Lobo

The innovative power of IU as a provider of digital education is a key motivating factor for Lobo to accompany IU on its global education mission as an advisory board member:  

"The decisive question is no longer whether - but only how exactly we use AI in Germany and Europe, and first and foremost in the field of education. IU has recognised this and, more importantly, it is also actively applying the findings. That was the main reason for me to work together with IU on this essential topic for the future. IU's concrete approach, adaptive learning, is also in my view the best way to combine education and artificial intelligence in a meaningful way," says Sascha Lobo

Dr. Sven Schütt (CEO)

"With his many years of experience in the digital world, Sascha Lobo joins the ranks of our advisory board as another exceptional talent. His extensive knowledge of current developments on digital topics as well as his ability to communicate complex topics in a comprehensible way make him a valuable asset to IU's Advisory Board," says Dr. Sven Schütt, CEO of IU International University of Applied Sciences. 

International thought leaders within the IU Advisory Board 

IU's Advisory Board is made up of renowned personalities from academia, business and politics. They all share the IU vision of future-oriented higher education that is accessible to all people and promotes future competencies through digitalised, personalised learning. With their expertise and diverse experience, the advisory board members consult the IU on key strategic issues such as digital education. 

The IU Advisory Board includes Dr. Frank Weise (former Chairman of the Board of the Federal Employment Agency in Germany and Chair of the IU Advisory Board), Prof. Dr. Tobias Bonhoeffer (neurobiologist and learning researcher), Ambassador Kamissa Camara (former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Digital Economy of the Republic of Mali), Dr. Karina Montilla Edmonds (responsible for relations with universities and scientific institutions at the software company SAP), Raffaela Rein and Lucy Stonehill (entrepreneurs in the field of digital education), Jimmy Wales (co-founder of the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia) and the newest member Sascha Lobo. 

"The Advisory Board is of immense importance for our IU’s international orientation. Their combined expertise supports IU in bringing education to more people worldwide and realising the vision of a future-oriented higher education that promotes personalised learning through digital learning formats," says Sven Schütt. 

IU is a pioneer in digital education 

IU enables self-directed learning for its students through specially developed platforms such as the virtual campus, the IU Learn app as well as the AI-supported learning buddy Syntea. IU is one of the first universities in the world to use Syntea, a learning buddy that uses artificial intelligence to adapt to the individual goals of each student and help them achieve optimal learning results through personal dialogue. More information about Syntea is available both here on the official info page and here in the latest press release

Background information on the IU Advisory Board can be found here

If you are interested in the topic "AI in Education and the World of Work", we recommend the recordings of the IU AI Forum "Next Level Learning" together with the German Federal Employment Agency and McKinsey & Company. 


With over 100,000 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