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Global University Systems opens two new locations for its universities

Joint Press Release by Global University Systems, Driven Investment and Engel & Völkers Commercial

New future-oriented study programmes at the Think Campus in Potsdam: Global University Systems opens two new locations for its universities

The international education provider Global University Systems (GUS) is expanding its offering in Germany and is a new high-profile tenant at the Think Campus in Potsdam. From May 2021, international students from the University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) and GISMA Business School will come together on their respective brand new campuses, which total around 3,100 square metres. The students will learn and research through future-oriented tech and design degree programmes including Digital Business and Data Science, Innovation Design Management and Game Design, and Artificial Intelligence and Agribusiness, among others.

Global University Systems is an international network of universities that together offer globally recognised degree programmes to around 80,000 students from 150 countries every year – at 42 locations around the globe. In Germany, the network includes the University of Europe for Applied Sciences, the GISMA Business School, the HTK Academy and the Berlin School of Business and Innovation.

Daniel Bolz, CEO of GUS in Germany, discusses the new UE and GISMA locations: “Turning smart thinking into action is the vision of Think Campus and that is exactly where we belong with our universities and programmes. Both UE, which trains the developers, designers and decision-makers of tomorrow using an extraordinary combination of business, technology and design, and GISMA Business School, which focuses on the next generation of international managers, will find sparring partners from the creative and tech industries in the immediate vicinity. In the future, these new university locations will be the platform for cooperation between CIS schools from all over the world and will offer students space for creative work.”

Working worlds for innovative companies

In collaboration with the developer of two new work hubs on the Think Campus, Driven Investment, GUS is now part of the total 11,000-square-metre office ensemble at Jungfernsee. This allows GUS to take advantage of the extensive services and amenities available to innovative companies and start-ups in this inspiring work environment. The real estate company sees the concept of the Think Campus confirmed: “Our location here in Potsdam is becoming a place for forward-looking companies that are helping to shape the world of tomorrow and striving for excellence in numerous fields. As a renowned international education provider, Global University Systems ensures the quality of education worldwide, all while cultivating the networking idea that also underlies our vision for the Think Campus – it’s an excellent fit,” comments Togrul Gönden, Managing Director of Driven Investment.

The overall concept counts

When it comes to accommodating a large number of students, another partner, the real estate service provider Engel & Völkers, offers micro-apartments in the immediate vicinity of the campus, which are less expensive than in the German capital. Willi Weber, Real Estate Consultant at Engel & Völkers, sees a great advantage in the Brandenburg location: “World cultural heritage meets future technologies that are being developed in renowned scientific institutions in Potsdam. This combined with the advantages of a beautiful state capital, with short distances and good connections at the gates of Berlin, is an overall concept which will inspire students.”


About Global University Systems

Global University Systems (GUS) is an international network of higher education institutions that together offer globally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to around 80,000 students from around 150 countries every year – at 42 locations including the UK, Canada, the USA, Asia, Israel and Germany. In Germany, four educational institutions belong to the CIS network: the GISMA Business School, the University of Europe for Applied Sciences, the HTK Academy and the Berlin School of Business and Innovation (BSBI).

Driven Investment

Driven Investment GmbH was founded in Berlin in December 2018. As a new player in the project development and investment segment, the company has started with a logistics portfolio across Germany as well as the development of the Potsdam “Think Campus” (since January 2019). Trust, transparency and openness are the pillars of the company’s philosophy. Behind Driven are shareholders with many years of experience in the real estate industry. Managing directors of the company are Togrul Gönden and Horst Weis. Managing partners are Dr. Ingo Holz, Ingo Weiss and Thorsten Krauß.

Engel & Völkers

Engel & Völkers Commercial, the internationally active consulting and brokerage company for commercial real estate, is currently represented in more than 60 markets in Germany and is thus the direct contact for medium-sized businesses throughout Germany. Our approximately 600 real estate experts advise our customers and are familiar with the particularities of local areas. They also observe the market conditions and developments at close quarters and make recommendations from an entrepreneurial perspective. Our professional expertise covers the segments of residential and commercial buildings/investment properties, office and retail space, as well as commercial and industrial space. The expertise from the areas of investment consulting and hotel consulting also optimally complements and supports the worldwide Engel & Völkers network with more than 13,000 colleagues in 33 countries. We are continuing our expansion in the international markets with the necessary sense of proportion. The current focus is on Italy and Spain. With foreign offices in Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, South Africa, Malta and Qatar, we have been present in attractive markets for several years. Consulting, letting, sales or valuations of real estate, land or functional areas are also the core competences of our qualified real estate consultants there.

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