IU International University of Applied Sciences Opens Campus at WeWork in Frankfurt; 1,600 Students and Employees Leveraging WeWork Workplace

Germany’s largest university opts for WeWork’s flexible solutions to provide students with

in-person learning experiences

Frankfurt, Germany – November 15, 2022 – IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) has moved their Frankfurt campus to WeWork (NYSE: WE), the leading flexible space provider. To ensure a continued high-quality learning experience for their students, WeWork set up a flexible solution for the unique needs of the university and its 1,600 students, professors and employees. As a result, IU has been able to begin classes and provide students access to a flexible learning environment.

To optimize this experience, IU is the first university to leverage WeWork Workplace – the company’s software solution that provides organizations with a universal platform to enable inventory management across spaces, enhanced employee experiences and space optimization through insights and analytics. With this technology, IU is able to provide the right classroom sizes and keep track of in-person attendance rates, thus ensuring the optimal use of space while preventing overcrowded areas. 

Furthermore, WeWork Workplace enables IU students to experiment with different ways of studying. Through the app, students can select a space that suits their style of choice – be it a collaborative hub for group work, a quiet space for heads-down work or a common space to connect with others. 

Carola Bopp, Campus Director at IU in Frankfurt, ensured the smooth setup in the new space: “Our mission at IU is that ‘everybody can access education to grow’. As we offer a mix of classic campus life, dual studies and flexible online studies, it’s important for us to provide spaces for our students to also make in-person connections with their cohorts. Only WeWork could accommodate our needs of high-quality space, logistics and flexibility while our campus in Frankfurt is undergoing construction. Along with our students and staff, we are very pleased with the solution WeWork provided us with.”

The privately-used space for IU stretches across 830 sqm (8935 sqft) and provides common areas and shared spaces, as well as reading nooks, phone booths, lounge spaces and conference rooms. On top of that, IU has access to the common areas accessible to all WeWork members at the location. 

Katharina von Schacky, General Manager and Managing Director of WeWork Germany, Central & Eastern Europe, said, “Welcoming a higher education institution into our spaces using Workplace was a first for WeWork. I’m proud that we could cater to the unique needs of the students, professors and the staff of Germany’s biggest university – especially given the time frame of just a few days from the decision to partner with us to the move-in. The way IU uses WeWork is a best practice for innovative and efficient space management.”

For more on WeWork Workplace, and to view a demo, visit: wework.com/workplace.

About WeWork:

WeWork (NYSE: WE) was founded in 2010 with the vision to create environments where people and companies come together and do their best work. Since then, we’ve become one of the leading global flexible space providers committed to delivering technology-driven turnkey solutions, flexible spaces, and community experiences. For more information about WeWork, please visit us at wework.com

About IU International University of Applied Sciences:

With over 100,000 students, IU International University of Applied Sciences (IU) is the largest university in Germany. The private, state-recognized higher education institution offers more than 200 bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes under its roof, available in German or English. Students can shape their studies their way through the help of a digitally supported learning environment with various study models, such as dual study, distance learning and myStudies – which combines online and on-campus studies. In addition, IU facilitates continuing education and promotes the idea of lifelong learning. In alignment with the university’s mission, it aims to provide access to personalized education to as many people worldwide as possible. IU began operations in 2000 and is now represented in more than 30 German cities. It cooperates with over 10,000 companies and actively supports them in employee development. Its partners include Deutsche Bahn, Motel One, Telekom, Vodafone und VW Financial Services. Further information at iu.org