LIBF joins IU Group family

The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF) joins Europe’s leading edtech company, IU Group


The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF) joins Europe’s leading edtech company, IU Group.

  • Move brings LIBF closer to IU Group’s EdTech pioneer IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU), Germany’s largest and fastest growing university
  • LIBF joins IU Group as a wholly owned UK subsidiary (LIBF Ltd.)
  • LIBF launches expansion of new co-developed online degree programmes with IU

Erfurt, Germany, 14 June 2023. The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF) is the latest degree awarding body to join IU Group, Europe’s largest edtech company and owner of the private IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU). The purchase was made official on 31 March 2023 and takes effect immediately. Due to its strong heritage and long-standing history and tradition, LIBF’s mission will stay the same.

Dr Sven Schütt (CEO)

Dr Sven Schuett, CEO, IU Group, said:

“We are excited to welcome LIBF to the IU family. As we continue to grow, we enter a new era with LIBF allowing us to continue building on our mission that everyone can access education to grow. Through LIBF’s expertise in the banking and finance world and IU as a leader in edtech we see great potential for creating synergies that afford students a top-rated and customisable education no matter where they live.”

“With the expansion of AI in the education sector, our students are able to stay ahead of the curve with flexible, and innovative learning models in digital education.”

Flexible online learning

IU’s flexible online approach and use of technology and innovation in the classroom proves to be a winning formula for students. Regardless of where one lives or how much time one has, IU students have the option to study at their own pace which is particularly appealing to those juggling work, family and other commitments. This tried and tested approach will be incorporated in newly co-developed online degree programmes at LIBF as part of IU’s multi-brand platform strategy. New online study programmes offered at LIBF are focused on data and computer science, artificial intelligence and international business management – critical skills needed in finance and business today.

Alex Fraser

Alex Fraser, CEO, LIBF, said:

“This partnership represents an important evolution for LIBF and will allow us to make significant advancements for the future – bringing advantages and new opportunities to our students, members and staff as we look to extend our services around the world. It’s a fantastic opportunity for LIBF to partner with one of Europe’s most successful and technology-enabled education businesses.”

“Teching up” teaching

As AI and technology continue to develop, so must higher education institutions if they wish to be competitive in the education market. IU’s personalised and hybrid learning models, as well as the integration of AI and ChatGPT in its courses prove to be influential in its success. As Germany’s largest and fastest growing university with more than 100,000 students, its learners are pioneering the way in the latest technological developments in higher education, including IUs own edtech innovation, “Syntea” (synthetic teaching assistant). These developments are also true for the banking industry:

  • Banking is changing rapidly – with online banking being the norm and evolving customer expectations transforming the way retail banks operate.
  • Whether it’s cryptocurrency, online payment platforms or robo-advisers and AI, fintech continues to shape the way people interact with money.

Through its partnership, LIBF and IU will be able to stay ahead of the curve and remain competitive in the banking and finance education market.


IU Group (IUG) is Europe’s largest private university group. IUG provides a well-diversified mix of online degree courses, part-time studies and on-campus learning. It is a pioneer in delivering high-quality education and leveraging technology and innovation to meet the changing needs of students around the world. Today, IUG’s vertically-integrated education platform offers the largest portfolio of bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes in Europe with more than 250 accredited courses and some 600 upskilling offerings in German and English. IU Group cooperates with more than 15,000 enterprises and actively supports them in their people development including in high-demand areas such as business administration, data & artificial intelligence and technology. The company was founded in 2021 and is the proprietor of several universities – IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) in Germany with more than 35 campuses nationwide, the London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF) in the UK, as well as the University of Fredericton (UFred) in Canada – all together counting more than 140.000 students. Behind IU Group are more than 4,000 employees from nearly 90 nationalities. Further information: iu-group.com.


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:  www.iu.org


The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF) has been providing industry-leading education and qualifications for the financial sector since 1879. With a focus on vocational training, LIBF delivers a broad range of qualifications and programmes to support banking and professionals at each stage of their careers – from entry-level to advanced professional qualifications. It is the only professional body in the finance sector to have Taught Degree Awarding Powers. Further information at: www.libf.ac.uk

The continuing charity – now called The London Foundation for Banking and Finance (LFBF) – will fund financial education projects, provide scholarships and bursaries and confer chartered status on suitably qualified professionals, in line with its charitable objects of advancing knowledge and education in financial services.   Further information at: www.lfbf.org.uk

Press Contacts

IU International University of Applied Sciences
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The London Institute of Banking & Finance
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Director of PR & Communications