Global University Systems acquires University of Applied Sciences Europe

Global University Systems acquires University of Applied Sciences Europe and HTK Academy of Design

Global University Systems has further expanded its presence in Europe with the acquisition of two Germany-based educational institutions from Laureate Education, Inc.

London, 16 April 2018 –Global University Systems B.V. (GUS) today announced the acquisition of two German institutions – the University of Applied Sciences Europe and the HTK Academy of Design – from Laureate Education, Inc.

The University of Applied Sciences Europe is a prominent state-accredited higher education provider in Germany, with three campuses in Berlin, Hamburg, and Iserlohn. Through its faculties, the University of Applied Sciences Europe offers courses in business, art and design, media and communications, as well as sports management and psychology. It combines creativity, entrepreneurship & technology under one roof on an international level – competencies which are in high demand in today’s and tomorrow’s world of work.

HTK Academy of Design, founded in Hamburg in 1987 and also based in Berlin since 2001, is Germany’s largest private vocational academy in Graphic Design and has the status of a state-accredited‚ Private Berufsfachschule’ in Hamburg and of a Ergänzungschule (supplementary school) in Berlin. HTK has trained thousands of communication designers in the key areas of Visual Communication: Advertising Design, Digital Media, Editorial Design and Illustration.

Aaron Etingen, Chief Executive Officer of Global University Systems, said: “I am delighted to enhance our presence in Germany with the addition of the University of Applied Sciences Europe and HTK Academy of Design to the Global University Systems network of institutions. We look forward to working with the institutions and supporting their growth and development, whilst strengthening our presence in Europe with the three additional campuses in Germany.”

GUS has an established presence in Germany with GISMA Business School, with campuses in Berlin and Hannover. Founded by former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, GISMA has gone on to become one of only two business schools in the country to offer triple-accredited programmes (AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS) through its collaborations with leading European institutions such as Grenoble Ecole de Management, Porto Business School, SDA Bocconi, University College Dublin, The University of Law and Arden University.

“The solid growth of GISMA Business School and our activities in Germany proves that there are many exciting opportunities in the country. By acquiring University of Applied Sciences Europe, one of Germany’s best known private universities and one of the well-regarded universities worldwide in international orientation according to U-Multirank, we will be able to widen our connections with some of the biggest corporations. These synergies will not only benefit our institutions, but will most importantly improve our students’ chances for their future careers,” added Mr Etingen.

“Both University of Applied Sciences Europe and HTK have strong reputations for industry linkages and customized programmes offerings based on market needs. We believe both institutions will be well-positioned under GUS, due to its track-record and commitment to industry-relevant qualifications,” said Eilif Serck-Hanssen, Chief Executive Officer of Laureate Education, Inc.

Global University Systems is Europe’s largest international education group made up of a number of prestigious institutions, offering a broad range of professional, vocational, graduate, and postgraduate programmes to cs. 50,000 students each year from around 150 countries. 

It is based in some of the world’s most prominent locations, with 48 campuses and centres across the world including UK, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Singapore, Canada, Australia and USA.

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About Global University Systems

Global University Systems (GUS) is an international network of higher-education institutions, brought together by a shared passion for accessible, industry-relevant qualifications.

GUS institutions deliver a wide variety of programmes, including bachelor’s degree programmes, master’s degree programmes, professional training, English language training, and corporate & executive education. When someone chooses to study at a GUS institution– whether on campus in Europe, North America, or online from their own home – they’re joining a network of over 50,000 students worldwide. 

GUS is present in some of the world’s biggest cities, with UK campuses in London and other nine cities across Europe in Dublin, Amsterdam, Hannover and Berlin, across the Atlantic in Toronto, Chicago and Vancouver; and across the globe in places such as Israel and Singapore.

The GUS family of institutions also includes Arden University in the UK, London College of Contemporary Arts, GISMA Business School in Germany, LSBF Singapore, Interactive Pro and the prestigious UK-based University of Law, recently ‘Gold’ rated by the UK’s government Teaching Excellence Framework, which provides a model for corporate and academic governance throughout the GUS group. 

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