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Employees in the focus of education


  • The learning management system "IU Learning Hub" of IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) enables flexible and self-determined learning for employees.
  • Employees choose from a wide range of more than 550 training courses.
  • Almost 30,000 completed trainings since introduction and a usage rate of almost 90 percent confirm the success.
  • The IU Learning Hub was awarded as "Project of the Year 2022" in the category "University" by the eLearning Journal Award 2022.

Erfurt, 30 March 2022. Germany's largest university, IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU), has taken its educational mission to a new level for its more than 3,000 employees, bundling its internal advanced training offerings in the learning management system "IU Learning Hub" since June 2021. Embedded in Microsoft365, the system has been seamlessly integrated into employees' existing working environment, making it intuitive to use and requiring no further log-in. Employees can take around 550 courses in different areas - from IT application trainings to specialist trainings, soft skills trainings and language courses – anytime they want to acquire specialist knowledge and develop their personal interests. The range of courses offered in German and English is constantly being expanded; to this end, IU takes up feedback from learners in order to design the selection in such a way that it offers the best possible benefit for employees. As part of the onboarding process, new IU employees take a comprehensive learning path in the IU Learning Hub and thus gain an intensive insight into the internal advanced training platform right from the start.

The fast implementation of the IU project with its provider LMS365, the seamless integration of the learning management system into the IU working environment and the variety of course offerings - both in terms of content and learning formats - convinced the eLearning Journal. Thus, the IU Learning Hub received the award "Project of the Year 2022" in the category "University".

"Personal development and professional training are core values for us as an educational institution. With our IU Learning Hub, we have now firmly established this important component of our learning culture for our more than 3,000 employees. This provides them with a contemporary learning experience in the sense of self-determined, time- and location-independent learning at the highest level," explains Tim Kaltenborn, Director People Organization & Culture at IU International University of Applied Sciences. "That's why we're pleased to be named 'Project of the Year 2022' by eLearning Journal, but especially thrilled that our IU Learning Hub is being used so extensively by employees."

With around 30,000 successfully completed training courses since its introduction and a constantly increasing usage rate - almost 90 per cent of employees already take advantage of the learning offer - IU Learning Hub has established itself as the company's central training platform in a short time. One crucial factor for the success is the wide range of the course offer: "The IU Learning Hub offers me a variety of opportunities to acquire new competences and skills - this helps me to develop both, professionally and personally," says Sonja Zeller, website project manager at IU. "It allows me to continuously develop within my current role, but also learn new things outside of work." The trainings meet the needs of both, experienced employees as well as those just starting their careers. "As a dual student, I particularly benefit from the IU Learning Hub, because on the one hand I have acquired a much more secure handling of software systems and on the other hand I have built up my own motivation and learning strategy," confirms Jessica Barczyk, who is currently working as a trainee in the Human Resources department at IU. Another benefit that employees emphasise is the ease of use: the process from requesting participation to approval by the supervisor to the start of the course is fully automated and digital. "The best thing is that I can flexibly choose the slots I want to learn so it fits in with my working day and daily rhythm. This allows me to learn in a relaxed and successful way," confirms Jörg Doebler, who works as an IT project manager at IU. "All courses are stored in my personal dashboard, so I can jump straight into a course at any time or pick up where I left off last time.“


With more than 130,000 students, IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) is the largest university in Germany. The private, state-approved educational institution with its main campus in Erfurt brings together more than 250 bachelor's and master's programmes under one roof, which are offered in German or English. Students can choose between dual studies, distance learning and myStudies, which combines online and face-to-face events, and design their studies independently with the help of a digitally supported learning environment. In addition, IU enables further training and promotes the idea of lifelong learning. The aim of the university is to give as many people as possible worldwide access to personalised education. IU started operations in 2000 and is now represented in more than 35 German cities. It cooperates with over 15,000 companies and actively supports them in the development of their employees. The partners include Motel One, VW Financial Services and Deutsche Bahn. Further information at: