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Educational Management I Educational Consulting I Educational strategies I

ISW - Internationales Studienzentrum Wirtschaft gemeinnützige GmbH is an innovative educational institution rich in tradition. The institute is a part of the ISW Group with the following branches:

  • STI ISW Business School Freiburg – university institute
  • Akademie für Wirtschaft und Kommunikation GmbH – IT and communications training
  • ISW – Internationales Studienzentrum Wirtschaft gGmbH – vocational training and educational consulting

Founded in 1988,  ISW has an extensive portfolio of international educational activities

  • Consulting and training for vocational schools
  • Consulting and training for universities
  • Development of curricula and syllabuses
  • Management and organisation of educational institutions
  • Consulting of ministries and departments of education
  • Consulting and training for business and industry in the field of vocational and further training
  • Feasibility studies on the introduction of vocational and further training
  • Founding of schools abroad

A selection of previous projects

Mongolia: Development of a new bachelor programme „Hotel and Tourism Management“.

  • Starting point:  A private university in Ulan Baator was looking to introduce a new promising bachelor programme in a field other than economics. 
  • Solution: As a so far undiscovered tourist destination, Mongolia offered an ideal setting for a tourism-related study programme. ISW developed the bachelor programme „Hotel- and Tourism Management“

Argentinia: Introduction of the modules „Sports Management“ and „Arts Management“

  • Starting point: In connection with an internationalisation of study programmes and the introduction of semesters abroad, the university in Buenos Aires Partner was looking for partners in Europa.
  • Solution: ISW designed two specialised modules for an economics master programme in the area of sports management and arts management.

France: Recognition of a German state-approved education as part of a French Licentiat

  • Starting point: A German vocational school for management assistants and foreign language correspondents was looking for a partner university in France at which its students would able to complete a bachelor programme while taking into account parts of their training
  • Solution: ISW adapted the curricula of the German school so that 50% of the content could count towards the Licence programme (Bachelor) at the French university

Indonesia: Introduction of a dual system at an academy for tourism.

  • Starting point: The Indonesian government has decided to bring the vocational education and training segments of their educational system into line with the German dual system in the course of the next years. The Academy for Tourism in Makassar/Sulawesi war one of the first educational institutions to attempt to comply with this model.
  • Solution: Stage 1 - Analysis of the curriculum.  SWOT- analysis of the academy.  Potential analysis of the tourism industry. Stage 2 - Adaptation of the curriculum to the result of stage 1. Approximation to the dual possibilities within the bounds of the potential analysis

Serbien: Feasibility study for the founding of a private vocational school in Serbia.

  • Starting point: A German education-dedicated enterprise is thinking about founding and running a private dual-based vocational school for industrial and business-oriented professions. In this connection, the enterprise has commissioned a feasibility study including possible financing models
  • Solution: The study comprises the following main themes: project idea, market defintion and local partners / analysis and assessment of the industry / analysis and assessment of the Serbian educational system / location analysis / financial demand / risk analysis

Kazakhstan: Introduction of a dual educational system at a vocational school in Astana

  • Starting point: As an emerging economy with predominantly natural resources, Kazakhstan is dependent on sectors with an economic future. Tourism can play an important role in this context. However, the educational standards in the schools are not always sufficent.
  • Solution: The Ministry for Education has been encouraged to select pilot schools at which new curricula are to be developed. The selected school in Astana is to be introduced to the German-model dual system in several stages.