Sustainability knowledge at university level: XU sustainable and IU International University launch pioneering cooperation

Berlin, September 2023

  • XU sustainable and IU International University (IU) will collaborate in the future as part of a partnership to launch pioneering educational opportunities in the field of sustainability.
  • Through this collaboration, companies will have the opportunity to qualify their employees at XU sustainable at the highest quality level using appealing teaching methods in the field of sustainability – including the possibility of having their achievements credited towards a university degree at IU.
  • This partnership marks an important milestone for XU sustainable and underscores the quality of its educational programs.

Future competence for companies

The evaluation of XU sustainable’s online courses by sustainability experts at IU shows that these courses meet the university’s academic standards. The courses provide a broad range of sustainability knowledge across different business functions and roles, as well as specific key competencies tailored to target groups, positions or industries. These pioneering skills and knowledge are crucial to driving the corporate transformation towards greater sustainability.


A wide range of courses, masterclasses and certificate programs on all relevant sustainability topics are now available via XU sustainable’s online learning platform. As part of the certificate programs, companies have the opportunity to train and certify their employees as “Certified Sustainability Managers”, “Certified Climate Action Managers”, “Certified Social Supply Chain Managers” and “Sustainability Compliance Managers”.

Nano Degree as the core of the cooperation

At the heart of the cooperation between XU sustainable and IU is the Nano Degree “Global Challenges and Sustainable Development”. This certificate program can be credited with 5 ECTS credits after successful participation at IU and thus replace a course in the Master’s degree program “Sustainable Management”. The total program consists of 150 hours of classes and course work and should be completed within a period of 12 months. Graduates receive an official Nano Degree certificate from XU sustainable upon completion.

New standards in sustainability

“By working with IU International University, we are setting new standards in online qualification in the field of relevant sustainability topics,” says Nicole Gaiziunas, founder and Managing Director of XU sustainable, “Graduates can proudly present their XU sustainable certificates on the job market, generate additional value and actively contribute to shaping the sustainability transformation.”


The partnership opens up opportunities for an innovative educational future in which high-quality knowledge is imparted in a flexible and practical manner without the need for a full degree program.


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About XU sustainable

Founded in 2016, XU Group GmbH, operating as XU sustainable, offers a unique package of learning content including a learning experience platform (LXP) and services relating to the future competence of sustainability with its drivers digitalization and mobility of the future. It offers further training in a corporate context at both practical and university level. Regardless of industry affiliation and prior knowledge, XU sustainable offers a wide range of courses on the topic of sustainability. XU sustainable itself as well as over 121 hours of courses have been AZAV-certified by TÜV Nord since 2020. The courses are eligible for funding from the Federal Employment Agency.

Clients of XU sustainable include Airbus, Baerlocher, Bayer AG, Bosch, Deutsche Bahn, ebay, Greiner, Grohe, HDI, Hugo Boss, IAV, OMV, Otto Group, Porsche, Schaeffler, Schwarz-Lidl, Volkswagen and ZF Friedrichshafen. XU sustainable works together with content and tech partners such as BNW, the PEM Institute, RWTH Aachen University, Salesforce, Klett, avesco and Phineo to develop market-driven learning content.

About IU International University:

With over 100,000 students, IU International University (IU) is the largest university in Germany. The private, state-recognized educational institution headquartered in Erfurt began operations in 2000 and is now represented in more than 35 German cities. Students from over 180 nations design their studies according to their needs: whether it’s a practice-integrated dual study program, flexible distance learning or individual myStudium, which combines online self-study and campus life. IU aims to give people around the world access to personalized education for a fulfilling and self-determined life. In more than 150 German and over 50 English-language study programs in the Bachelor’s, Master’s and MBA fields, IU teaches students key skills relevant to the future. A digitally supported learning environment and the use of AI solutions help students to achieve optimal learning outcomes and experiences. IU was one of the first universities in the world to develop and use its own AI-supported learning buddy. IU cooperates with over 15,000 companies and supports them in the academic training of specialists. Partners include Motel One, Vodafone, AWO and Deutsche Bahn. Further information at: