Accreditation & Affiliation

Accreditation & Rankings

Quality is our highest priority. But don't just take it from us...

Quality is our highest priority. But don't just take it from us...

At IUBH we put emphasis on quality

The quality of our programmes is important to us. That’s why we have not only introduced internal quality assurance procedures, but also passed numerous external accreditations and certifications.

Accreditations & rankings

We pride ourselves in offering our students well-organised study programmes with first-class curricula. Therefore, IUBH has constantly received multiple awards, official accreditations and certifications for our variety of courses and study programmes by a lot of well known and fully autorised institutions and business partners.

QS Quacquarelli Symonds 5-star rating

IUBH University of Applied Sciences is proud to have achieved a 5-star rating for Online Learning from QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the world’s most popular source for comparative data on universities. IUBH received top marks for student faculty engagement, interaction, and services and technology, as well as 10 out of 10 for our commitment to online learning. With a full five points for our track record and 94% of our degrees available online, this recognition confirms our dedication to delivering quality online education and inclusive services and support for students. IUBH achieved 99 out of 100 points in our QS Stars Report and we are the first German University to receive such ranking.

AACSB Associate Business Membership

AACSB International is a non-profit association, that links educators, students and a variety of different businesses to hit one shared goal: Create the next gen of tremendous persons with leadership mentality. "Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and learning and development services to over 1,700 member organizations and more than 840 accredited business schools worldwide. AACSB’s associate business membership is for skills development and corporate training centers and institutes wishing to engage with AACSB’s global network." (Source: AACSB)

German Accreditation Council/FIBAA

All current study programmes of IUBH are accredited and bear the seal of the German Accreditation Council. Among other things, accreditation certifies that the curricula meet academic standards, that the programmes are structured in such a way as to meet all formal requirements and that the necessary resources are available in the form of qualified staff and sufficient equipment. They facilitate the international recognition of educational qualifications in all 48 states of the Bologna region. Five of our degree programmes were awarded the FIBAA premium seal. This award certifies the extraordinary quality of these programmes. It also makes the IUBH one of the leading universities in Germany with five or more premium seals.

The German Council of Science and Humanities

The German Council of Science and Humanities has been advising governments across Germany on the issues of university development, science and research. The Council is also responsible for ensuring the quality of teaching and research at private universities. In 2021, the accreditation has been awarded by the Council of Science and Humanities for the duration of 5 years. This is the best kind of accreditation you can get.

European Quality Assurance Register

European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) is an agency register, listing agencies that have proven their substantial compliance with a common set of conventions for quality assurance in Europe. EQAR lists FIBAA as a certified and fully reliable agency. IUBH is also certified by FIBAA and so by EQAR. You can only become part of EQAR, in case you operate aligned with the European Standards and Guidelines (ESG).


With our extensive quality management system, we regularly evaluate and improve our teaching materials, services and tutorials. In 2017, this system was tested and verified by the HZA (Hanseatic Certification Agency), an agency that certifies quality assurance procedures of organisations in the field of education.

CHE University Ranking

A stellar performance: The CHE University Ranking is the largest study ranking in Germany. The Centre for University Development evaluates universities at regular intervals using a variety of criteria. In the current CHE ranking (year 2020 - 2022), IUBH tops the Business Administration field in the categories "General Study Conditions", "Contact with Lecturers", "Study Programmes Offered", "Examinations", "Study Organisation" and "Practical Orientation". Winning a total of six out of 25 categories, IUBH achieved more top category rankings than any of the more than 300 institutions assessed.

Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards 2019

IUBH was awarded the Innovation & Excellence Award 2019 by Corporate LiveWire for our innovative and excellent Bachelor, Master and MBA study programmes. The award is given to companies and institutions that set industry trends with creative products and pure innovative ideas.

German SME IT-innovation award

Since autumn 2016, IUBH has been the only university to offer online exams worldwide – anywhere, anytime, immediately and with live exam supervision. This earned us a place on German SME IT innovation award’s best list.

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